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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...

Library Budget Cuts In Brooklyn Inspire 24-Hour Read-In Marathon

The New York Times | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

A 24-hour stream of sentences and stories, spanning the canon from George Eliot to "Gossip Girl," flowed from dozens of book-loving New Yorkers this w...

Learn More on Alternative Roles of Libraries

Ron Carlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ron Carlee

It's National Library Week, a time to celebrate and recognize the valuable contribution libraries make to our communities.

It's National Library Week

Examiner | Lori Calabrese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I don't know about you, but I LOVE my library. We live in a time where you don't get much for free, so to be able to step into your local library and ...

Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying. We'll Be Sorry When it Snaps

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Art Brodsky

Libraries, once considered a necessity, are now seen as a luxury. They are low-hanging fruit for budget pluckers, particularly at the state and local levels of government in communities across the country.

How Deeply Can We Afford to Cut Library Budgets?

Ron Carlee | Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Ron Carlee

In today's economic state, families and individuals question services that are often labeled "discretionary," but are important to the quality of life in a community and to social equity.

Homeless in Columbia: How To Be Homeless

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Our three days with the homeless confirmed something a close friend told me before I left: We were stepping into a subculture.

Why Would You Want to be Homeless? (VIDEO)

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Here's the idea: On March 7, my roommate and I will head outside in Columbia, S.C. For one week, we will leave behind almost everything except the clothes on our backs. Our purpose? To document the homeless experience in our city firsthand.

New York Public Libraries Cutting Hours Due To Budget Woes

nytimes.com | BAO ONG | Posted 11.15.2011 | New York

On Wednesday, the New York Public Library announced it would reduce hours at two-thirds of its 87 locations in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten I...

It's Wednesday Night, What Meeting Am I in?

Chantal Unfug | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Chantal Unfug

At the discussion about the Byers Library, or the session about Lake Middle School, the anger was the same, the distrust of the bureaucracy was the same, and the total exasperation was the same.

Public Library Saved: 15,000 People Celebrate

The Huffington Post | Lori Wood | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

Salinas, CA -- October 5, 2009 -- On Sunday, September 27, 15,000 people--that's ten percent of the town's population--turned out to celebrate the 100...

The Future of Reading: Learning From the Past to Thrive in the Future

Steve Haber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Haber

To truly open the future of books and reading, consumers must be freed from proprietary devices and formats. We owe it to those who came before us to bring access to as many as possible.

Cold Libraries Mean Perks For Union Librarians

nytimes.com | RUSS BUETTNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Under a little-known contract provision titled "Extreme Temperature Procedures," unionized workers at branches of the New York Public Library can accr...

Why You'll Need A Personal Brain Trainer

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Substantial gains could be achieved by organizing everyday activities that grow neurological abilities and sustain brain health. If the ordinary citizen is to achieve brain fitness, they'll need to work at it.

In the Library

Alan Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alan Black

Libraries are about people. Not books. Although without them, we would have no libraries. When we gather under the sanctuary of a roof to read together, we know we belong.

Libraries Hurt By Budget Cuts

Chicago Tribune | Ben Meyerson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Walking through the doors of the Edgewater Library, the first thing you notice are the books, piled a foot high on counter tops and crammed into more ...

The e-Book Wars: Is Pornography Next?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

With their proprietary software for Kindle readers only, Amazon has adapted a "we-win, you-lose," VHS vs. Betamax business model.

Public Libraries: Community-Based Health Clubs for the Brain

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Libraries are taking on a new mission to help promote cognitive health in their communities and using the concept of brain fitness.

Bullish On Libraries?

Paul LeClerc | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Paul LeClerc

Would it be newsworthy if busy hospitals became far busier during the flu season? Of course not. So why is it newsworthy that public libraries are busy during a recession?

Libraries Are America's Lifelines. Leave Them Alone

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

New York City's public library systems are once again under siege, on the chopping block, threatened with draconian cuts in the face of New York City's Great Recession.

Public Library Bans People With 'Offensive Bodily Odors'

Chicago Tribune | John Keilman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Patrons of the Schaumburg Township District Library have never been allowed to bring in the noise. Now they can't bring in the funk. The library rece...