Millennials rely on the Free Library for more than books

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:38
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Philadelphia’s millennials hold 222,225 library cards — the most when compared with baby boomers and Gen Xers — but they borrow fewer items, data from the Free Library show, suggesting the group engages with branches in ways that go beyond simply renting materials.
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For John Ashbery’s Personal Library, a Spot on the Shelves at Harvard - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:31
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The university’s Houghton Library, which began acquiring the poet’s manuscripts and other papers in 1986, has announced the acquisition of the John Ashbery Reading Library, which includes more than 5,000 books of poetry, art criticism, architectural history, philosophy, religious history and cookbooks collected over the poet’s lifetime. The collection, which was donated by Mr. Ashbery’s husband, David Kermani, convey the traces of the poet’s thought, and also of his hand.

The tiny library bringing books to remote villages

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:15
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“Without a book, so often the child is alone,” says Antonio La Cava. The retired schoolteacher converted his three-wheeled van into a mobile library, the Bibliomotocarro. Driving the hills and mountains of Basilicata, Italy, La Cava is able to reach children in remote villages like San Paolo Albanese, which only has two children of primary school age.
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The Beats' Holy Grail: The Letter That Inspired On the Road

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/26/2019 - 14:29
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This is not the portrait of a family man, no matter his desire or intention, but of someone coming apart at the seams. “I wake to more horrors than Celine,” he writes in the Joan Anderson Letter, “not a vain statement for now I’ve passed thru just repetitious shudderings and nightmare twitches.” Seventeen years later, at his death, not so much had changed. Yes, the letter helped to reshape Kerouac’s ideas on writing; without it, “On the Road” would have been a very different book. But it also framed Cassady as larger than life, which was both a blessing and a curse.

The Milwaukee Public Library Hijacked Brand Logos Like YouTube, Netflix and Spotify to Promote Itself – Adweek

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/24/2019 - 19:31
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At least, that’s the point the Milwaukee Public Library tried to make earlier this fall when it hijacked those brands’ logos. In an effort to get locals to reconsider the library and what it could do for them, the Milwaukee Public Library and creative shop BVK revamped brand logos. Then it created print work with copy touting the library’s similar offerings to the brand in question and posted the work at local restaurants and bars. The result?

The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:37
I get a sick feeling in my stomach even now as I remember how long it took to answer that question. I started by looking through the library’s “Finding Aids,” a version of a catalogue, in black looseleaf notebooks, which listed the titles of the file folders in each box. Just for Johnson’s “House of Representatives Papers,” the general files from his eleven years in that body, the time before he became a senator and then President, there were three hundred and forty-nine boxes.

Once Centers Of Soviet Propaganda, Moscow's Libraries Are Having A 'Loud' Revival

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 14:24
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Until recently, that culture seemed doomed to become a relic of the analog past. After Russia's rocky transition from Communism and the rise of the Internet, there seemed little use for the more than 400 city libraries as public spaces fell into neglect and Russians found new sources of information.

Man held in fatal stabbing of director of Fort Myers Beach library

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:09
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"It's devastating," said Sallie Seabury, president of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library board. "We were having a book sale and he went to open the doors." Police tape cordoned off the main entrance to the library and blood could be seen by the front doors.
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