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Librarians! What Are We Hiding?

Roz Warren | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Roz Warren

Are librarians still relevant? Useful? What does being a 21st century librarian mean, really? Who exactly are we? And how does the world see us? I decided to perform a quick Google search and find out.

Libraries: Do We Or Dewey Not Opt for Change?

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

We've come a long way from Dewey Decimals. I've always admired librarians, from stereotype bun to books. It's National Friends of Libraries Week and I've been flipping the pages of reminiscence.

Claire Fallon

How The Public Library Turned Me Into A Reader

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books

Books are my passion and my job, so imagine my profound embarrassment several months ago when I had to admit something shameful: I did not yet have a ...

5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art

Erinn Batykefer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Erinn Batykefer

Creativity -- like information --should be accessible to everyone in a community, and the library is the perfect democratic space to make that happen.

Reinventing Libraries For 'Hanging Out, Messing Around And Geeking Out'

CNN | Emanuella Grinberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Black Voices

On the third floor of the Nashville Public Library downtown branch, past the hushed rows of monochrome bookshelves and solid wood furniture, a door le...

Checking Out the Meaning of Life From the Public Library

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

Using the public library as a metaphor for how I want to live my life, I'm going to try to be more aware of my own deadline even if the date remains unknown. Just as I read library books with more focus and intention because of their due date, I will try to live my life with similar focus and intention because I, too have a due date.

Freeze! It's the Library Police!

Roz Warren | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Library Squad! A group of enraged middle-aged librarians. We're brainy. We're relentless. We'll hunt you down. We'll never give up. We know the Dewey Decimal system and we're not afraid to use it. And we always get our book. And if you resist? We'll shush you. Permanently.

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

Christine French Cully | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Christine French Cully

Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not.

LA's Downtown Central Library And 8 Other Branches Will Reopen On Sundays

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 03.15.2014 | Los Angeles

Four years after the national recession and a lack of city funds closed them, the downtown Central Library and eight branches of Los Angeles' city lib...

5 Things You Can Do to Promote Literacy Over the Holidays

Zetta Elliott | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

Here are five simple steps you can take to promote literacy in your home, in your community and around the world.

Dear Fabolous...

Thea Montanez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Thea Montanez

I think the better question you could have asked is, "Where else are the homeless gonna get free access to support services, man?" And just for the record it's not only the homeless that depend on us.

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Peter Mandel

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.

The Tea Party vs. The Public Library

David Morris | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
David Morris

The Tea Party argues that a library tax increase of any size, no matter how trivial, is unwarranted because of economic hardship. A far more compelling argument is that times of economic distress demand a larger, not as smaller information commons.

New Case of Libramnesia Confirmed in Miami

Thea Montanez | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Thea Montanez

No, Libramnesia is not the name of a woman or the latest mixed drink. Libramnesia is a highly common, but under-treated social condition that causes its sufferers to completely forget about libraries or even worse, believe libraries are irrelevant.

ConnectEd Is a Great New Presidential Initiative But We are Already Behind

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The President's education innovation goals are admirable. However, for those of us who have already been accomplishing much of these goals and programs in the past 2-3 decades, in multiple locations throughout the nation, some questions emerge.

What's a Library?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 07.08.2013 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

I live across the street from a library, or at least what used to be a library. The Donnell Library on West 53rd Street. Today, it is a big hole in the ground.

Possibly the One Thing Almost All Americans Agree On: Libraries (in the Digital Age)

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.03.2013 | Books
Impatient Optimists

Pew found that 91 percent of Americans (16 or older) say that public libraries are important to their communities, and 76 percent say libraries are important to them and their families. I can't think of another idea, place, or issue that 91 percent of Americans support.

Pole Dancing In The Library?!

Posted 01.18.2013 | Books

Pole-dancing classes at the library? That's apparently what one public library in Scotland is offering as a way of getting more readers through its do...

Public Libraries -- Then and Now

Diana M. Raab | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

The little laminated library card was my first license into freedom, and a reminder that no matter what happens in my little world or the world-at-large, knowledge cannot ever be taken away.

Building Rural Libraries Close to Heaven

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Adam Pervez

How do you bring the world to a remote Andean village? More than the world, how do you give kids in your birth village access to knowledge beyond the school curriculum and local folklore?

John Celock

Tea Party Sympathizers Target Kentucky Library

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

A group of Tea Party sympathizers in Pulaski County, Ky., is trying to shut down the county library system's special taxing district over a tax hike, ...

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

Patricia Martin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Patricia Martin

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose.

The Library Voice is Dead

Eva Glettner | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

Since the library doesn't have any rules against children running wild, that would be okay, right? No. It wouldn't.

Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into Chic New Library

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education

For McAllen, Texas, one man's abandoned Walmart is another's public library. After inheriting the abandoned structure, architecture firm Meyer, Sc...

How the Little Free Library Is Reinventing the Library

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.21.2012 | Books
Russell C. Smith

What if the library was scattered all around a city, instead of in one central location and in a handful of branches spread out around neighborhoods?