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Paul Needham

Public Libraries: More Than Just Books

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Needham | Posted 01.07.2012 | Books

This is the third installment in our series 'Libraries in Crisis.' The opening piece, about how cuts threaten the public library, can be read here. Fo...

Time To End Silence In Public Libraries?

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books

As public libraries continue their quest to stay relevant in the wake of cuts to their funding and decreased popularity, some are greatly altering the...

Gregory Beyer

The Future Of New York's Libraries

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.22.2011 | Books

This article is part of our ongoing series on Libraries In Crisis. On a recent afternoon Anthony W. Marx walked slowly around a bank of computers a...

Why Libraries Matter

Molly Raphael | Posted 01.22.2012 | Books
Molly Raphael

Libraries provide an anchor of stability for millions of Americans tightening their financial belts during these tough economic times. As our nation - indeed the world - struggles to emerge from this economic crisis, we cannot afford to close the books on libraries.

How Will We Read: In Public Libraries?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
C. M. Rubin

Libraries across the United States need our help as they are being closed or having significant cuts made to their budgets.

Lucas Kavner

Can The American Library Survive?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Books

This is part of our new ongoing series, Libraries in Crisis. To read more about the series, click here. At the Gilpin County Public Library in Colo...

Why It's Time To Speak Up For Libraries

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Andrew Losowsky

If information is power, then public libraries are the essence of democracy and freedom. Yet they are under threat from a litany of cuts.

Librarians To Mayor Emanuel: 'We Shall Not be Shushed!'

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

More than 100 city librarians, community members and other Chicago Public Library supporters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in City Hall...

D.C. Finds Money To Save Sunday Library Hours

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.30.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Although the District of Columbia's public library system was preparing to eliminate Sunday hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. central ...

D.C. Eliminating Sunday Library Hours At MLK Branch

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The latest casualty of the District of Columbia's cost-cutting measures: Sunday hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library dow...

America's Littlest Library

Rocco Staino | Posted 11.11.2011 | Books
Rocco Staino

The Book Booth may be red in color but is green in nature. It does not have plumbing or electricity but is lit for evening use via a solar light. Its motto is Readcycling that gives life to used books.

Bestselling Author Writes Story To Save Libraries

Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

Best-selling author Karin Slaughter releases a new short story tomorrow - with all of her proceeds going to local libraries. According to a press r...

Smart Events For Bookworms At LA Libraries

| Katie Bain | Posted 10.17.2011 | Los Angeles

On July 18, Los Angeles' public libraries reopened their doors on Mondays after nearly a year of being closed on Mondays due to budget cuts. Celebrate...

Philip Pullman: 'Why We Must Stand Up To The Book Barbarians'

Telegraph | Peter Stanford | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

To casual passers-by, Kensal Rise Library in north-west London is just another red-brick, late-Victorian municipal building, noticeable only because i...

Why We Need Library Rental Fees

The Atlantic | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

As a municipal official (selectman) and taxpayer, I often wonder why government evenly distributes taxes when there are clearly ways to lower the burd...

Public Libraries Fight To Stay Relevant

csmonitor.com | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

These days, it isn't business as usual at the Garden City Public Library in Michigan. The building is intact and the collection of books is in good sh...

Libraries And The Architecture Of Public Space

Carla Leitao | Posted 08.22.2011 | Arts
Carla Leitao

This is the opening article of a series of articles (3), which aim to look at libraries and the landscapes they are a part of and help build. Though a...

Does The Public Library Still Serve A Purpose?

AP | By KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 11.15.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- A century after the nation's library building boom, public libraries are under siege: plunging tax revenues are forcing closures and staff c...

Children's Laureate Warns 'Society Will Pay' For Library Closures

The Bookseller | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

The outgoing Children's Laureate Anthony Browne has warned society "will pay the price in the long term" for closing school and public libraries....

Patience and Fortitude: The New York Public Library Turns 100

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.13.2011 | New York
Paul Gunther

It's time to celebrate the restoration and refurbishment just now liberated from its curative scaffolds. Pay a visit soon to examine the facade and the many stories told by its narrative decoration.

The Art of Public Service

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liz Neumark

In a moment in time where public employees are the focal point of populist ire, a day devoted to recognizing the accomplishments of public servants is at the very least, refreshing.

Let-Them-Eat-Cake-Attitude Threatens to Destroy a Network of Public Assets

Scott Turow | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books
Scott Turow

I count myself as one of millions of Americans whose life simply would not be the same without the libraries that supported my learning. We cannot take that opportunity away from so many Americans who need that help urgently now.

Your Baby Can Read? That's Nice, But It's Not What Toddler Story Time Should Be About

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Reading to children isn't about pressuring your kid into becoming some sort of prodigy who can wow your friends at parties by reading index cards at six months.

Keeping it Public (If the Libraries Don't Sway You, the Blazing House Might)

Amy Traub | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Last week, the New York Times reported on Library Systems & Services, a private, for-profit company that an increasing number of towns are contracting...

New Jersey City Preparing To Close ALL Its Libraries

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CAMDEN, N.J. — The library board in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities, is preparing to close all three of its libraries by the end of t...