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11th hour call on Lambeth Council Cabinet members to “do the right thing” on libraries

PRESS CALL 1pm MONDAY 8 FEB OUTSIDE BRIXTON LIBRARY
11th hour call on Lambeth Council Cabinet members to “do the right thing” on libraries

Lambeth Councillor Scott Ainslie will join staff picketing outside Brixton Library today (Monday 8thFeb) as he issues an 11th hour call on the council’s cabinet to reconsider its decision to close five libraries in the borough.

“It’s not too late to do the right thing,” said Cllr Ainslie, referring to the slogan the council uses to urge residents to play their part in activities such as recycling and paying their council tax.

Why America's Public Library System Will Survive

Author Jorge Luis Borges once wrote, "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." Librarian historian Wayne Wiegand's new book, "Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library," explores the library's importance as a civil and social space. We'll discuss his book and why libraries are still flourishing in the Internet age.

From Why America's Public Library System Will Survive: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

What happens when libraries are asked to help the homeless find shelter?

And at the same time, libraries are dealing with rising crime rates, including an uptick in stabbings, shootings, drug use, narcotics sales and even prostitution. On a humid Florida afternoon in 2014, a homeless man crept up behind someone making a copy at the Sarasota County Public Library’s main branch and stabbed him in the back. The victim staggered to the circulation desk, leaving a trail of blood down the stairs. Several months later, at another Sarasota County branch, police caught a homeless couple cooking meth on library grounds. The couple slept in a small homeless encampment behind the library and spent most days inside for shelter.

From What happens when libraries are asked to help the homeless find shelter - The Washington Post

Aspen Institute Issues Report on Outcomes Following the State-wide Dialogue on Connecticut's Public Libraries

"The role of public libraries in communities across the state continues to expand as needs increase," explains Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library. "The dialogue helped focused on how to leverage the assets of our state's public libraries to build more knowledgeable, healthy and sustainable communities across the state, and how to improve the sustainability of public libraries in Connecticut. The report that is being released today outlines these discussions along with the steps we will be taking moving forward."

From Aspen Institute Issues Report on Outcomes Following the State-wide Dialogue on Connecticut's Public... -- WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Take a Scavenger Hunt Through Toronto’s 100 Libraries

Visiting each of the Toronto Public Library System’s 100 branches sounds like a daunting task, and this literary scavenger hunt aims to navigate you through each one.

Toronto-based graphic designer and web developer Noah Ortmann created the Toronto Library Passport as a way of encouraging local readers to explore each outpost in the city and utilize their free resources. One challenge urges readers to find a book about Roman architecture, while another instructs you to read a mystery novel in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection—a room in the Toronto Reference Library modeled after Sherlock Holmes’s study. The 36-page booklet also includes branch hours, information about fines, and spaces to jot down your impressions of each location.

From Take a Scavenger Hunt Through Toronto’s 100 Libraries | Mental Floss

Sacramento’s ‘Library of Things’ Lets You Borrow GoPros, Sewing Machines, and Ukuleles

 The program makes great sense in urban communities, which thrive on publicly connected spaces and resources. Other cities have similar services—the Berkeley Public Library, for instance, created a Tool Lending Library stocked with weed eaters, hedge trimmers, demolition hammers, and electric plumbing snakes.

Reddit users discussed the idea in the Today I Learned community. They noted some of the non-book items they can check out at their own local libraries.

From Sacramento’s ‘Library of Things’ Lets You Borrow GoPros, Sewing Machines, and Ukuleles | Upvoted

(thanks little_wow)

X-Rated at the Library: The NYPL's erotica collection

X-Rated at the Library
The New York Public Library’s erotica collection (yes, it has one) includes seedy Times Square ephemera, early transgender magazines and copies of Playboy.

From X-Rated at the Library - Video - NYTimes.com

Tested by budget battle and funding cuts, Pa. libraries buckle

But even if a deal is struck or funding released, Drury said the cutbacks could continue at the library if that state funding is reduced.  

"Depending on what the budget number is we may have to make these reductions permanent instead of reinstating them," Drury added.  

Penny Talbert, executive director of the Ephrata Public Library, also in Lancaster County, said state funding for programs like hers has decreased heavily in recent years.  

From Tested by budget battle and funding cuts, Pa. libraries buckle | PennLive.com

Video of Josh Hanagame of the Salt Lake City Library

KUER's VideoWest/RadioWest's intro to the video Ties the Room Together. "Josh Hanagarne is a writer and a librarian in Salt Lake City who's written beautifully about his experiences with Tourette syndrome. We had him on RadioWest to talk about his 2013 book The World's Strongest Librarian. We want to thank Josh for letting us tag along and pry into his life."

Here's a photo of Josh holding an "In My Book, you're quite a character" card in the beautiful SLCPL .

Shipping is free during December, visit www.inmybook.com for more details.

Inside The NYPL's Eerily Empty Rose Reading Room

Good news: the NYPL's Rose Reading Room will reopen in 2016. That will be nearly two years after it closed its doors when a foot-wide piece of plaster (one of the rosettes) fell from the ceiling, but still ahead of the previously scheduled reopening date in 2017.

From Inside The NYPL's Eerily Empty Rose Reading Room: Gothamist

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