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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

The library's renovation is as exquisite as its history is turbulent. The building sits in the heart of the provincial capital that was wracked not so long ago by battles and bullets.

A three-decade civil war pitted Sri Lankan forces against rebels fighting a brutal campaign for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils. The rebels, known as Tamil Tigers, were crushed in 2009, in the closing months of the fighting.

From Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers : Parallels : NPR

Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival

The public library in Redlands, California is much more than a steward of books and information. It is an exemplar of the history of the town and a living legend of its spirit of generosity, a hallmark of Redlands since its first days.

From Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival - The Atlantic

Outrage as city with new £188m library ask readers for help buying books

A council which spent £188million on a state-of-the-art new library has been criticised by readers and authors after it ran out of money and asked the public to donate books.
Libraries in Birmingham have posted notices requesting members donate their new and recently-released books, saying they would be “gratefully received”

From Outrage as city with new £188m library ask readers for help buying books - Telegraph

Libraries need a deeper online presence

Librarians understand the context in which books make sense, how they go together, what are the canonical readings, and what are the dissenting works worth reading. Library information systems may not know as much about users’ behavior as Amazon does, but even highly anonymized usage records can say a lot about what a community values: which works people are reading, which ones they like or think are important, and even the relations they see among the works. In essence, the library can hold a mirror up to the community, allowing it to get a clearer and stronger sense of itself.

From Libraries need a deeper online presence - Opinion - The Boston Globe

The Public Library Lives and Is Loved

Via Alternet:

Indisputable fact--Americans love their public libraries. Evidence to support this statement abounds. A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project noted that in the previous decade “every other major institution (government, churches, banks, corporations) has fallen in public esteem except libraries, the military, and first responders.”

Library Director: "Surprisingly, people still need libraries."

“This is the 21st century and things have changed,” said Harry Tuchmayer, Executive Director of New Hanover County Public Library, North Carolina.

Despite the changes, Tuchmayer said the ease of the internet isn’t taking the place of flipping through the pages of a bound book.

“Surprisingly, people still need libraries,” said Tuchmayer.

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LGBT Titles Will Stay on Library Shelves

From KERA News:

Hood County (TX) Commissioners said today that two LGBT-themed library books for kids will stay on the shelves.

Dozens of residents concerned about the books spoke before the commissioners earlier today in Granbury. Some want to remove the books from the shelves of the public library. Others want LGBT books for kids moved to another part of the library.

Last month, the county's library advisory board voted to keep the books with one minor change. County attorney Lori Kaspar said the library director moved one of the books, “This Day in June,” from the kids section to the parenting shelves. The other book, "My Princess Boy," remains in the children's section.

Pearl Thompson gets library card 73 years after she was denied a book

More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black.

A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation.

From Pearl Thompson gets library card 73 years after she was denied a book - CNN.com

Librarians @ the Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Now this was a cool job, being part of a brand new program from Virginia Beach Public Library, initiated by librarian Kellye Carter, called Books at the Beach.

On this day another librarian with 33 years experience was helping us out, Denise Barnhart. The WVEC reporter, Joe Flanagan (pictured, center) was worried that offering free books to Oceanfront visitors may be a challenge because he didn't have any librarian skills.

"We can teach that. We can't teach compassion. We can't teach caring. But we can teach anybody how to do the day-to-day things," said Kellye Carter, manager of the Oceanfront Area Library. The books were collected by the Friends of the Library.

Book 'em: All libraries put up with plenty

"Our public library is a safe place but what people need to remember is that it is a public place," said Celeste Choate, Urbana Free Library Executive Director. "So for example we encourage people to keep their possessions with them. You don't want to leave your phone on the table and walk away because it's a public place. You wouldn't do that at Target. That's the kind of thing I think some patrons forget. They feel so comfortable at the public library. They feel it's homey and they forget that it's not their home and that it's a public place."

From Book 'em: Area libraries put up with plenty | News-Gazette.com

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