Public Libraries

Long Line at the Library? It’s Story Time Again

Story time is drawing capacity crowds at public libraries across New York and across the country at a time when, more than ever, educators are emphasizing the importance of early literacy in preparing children for school and for developing critical thinking skills. The demand crosses economic lines, with parents at all income levels vying to get in.

Many libraries have refashioned the traditional readings to include enrichment activities such as counting numbers and naming colors, as well as music and dance. And many parents have made story time a fixture in their family routines alongside school pickups and playground outings — and, for those who employ nannies, a nonnegotiable requirement of the job.

From Long Line at the Library? It’s Story Time Again - The New York Times

Some public libraries home to rare and valuable treasures

When it comes to where one might find rare works of art or valuable historical artifacts, most people think of museums or perhaps the Boston Public Library, particularly after the high-profile “loss” earlier this year of valuable prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt that were ultimately found 80 feet from where they should have been filed.

Many would be surprised to find, housed amid the book and DVD collections in many local public libraries, historical treasures ranging from the rare and valuable to the curious, such as Woburn’s swatch of the wool coat Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated.

For the most part, local libraries are not in the business of actively collecting historical artifacts, but rather have amassed a hodgepodge of donated items of historical value and interest, said Jake Sadow, statewide digitization project archivist with the Boston Public Library.

From Some public libraries home to rare and valuable treasures - The Boston Globe

Phoenix libraries unveil treadmill desks

We've all been to the library to check out books, rent DVD's, and surf the web. But now at three Phoenix libraries you can do more; work out.

Fit Phoenix unveiled a new way for people to improve their health all while reading a book. These treadmill desks are available to use at three Phoenix libraries including; Palo Verde, Harmon, and Yucca.

"What you do is come to the library with your library card, check into the computer like you normally would with one of the normal , but it has a treamil with it, and you'll be able to walk slowly at 2 miles and hour while you use the computer," said Jon Brodsky.

From Phoenix libraries unveil treadmill desks - Story | KSAZ

AirBNB to Remove Controversial Ads from Busstops in SF

Business Insider reports on the removal of offensive ads against public libraries at San Francisco busstops.

Some of the ads offended San Francisco residents. One letter to the public library system said it should be spending Airbnb's tax money on staying open later.

"Had you donated that $8 million you spent fighting Proposition F directly to the public libraries you love so much, that could have made a bigger difference. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20!" said San Francisco State University professor Martha Kenney in her Facebook post.

Another ad, posted on a city bus stop, suggested that the city should be feeding expired parking meters. (We're not sure why.)

Airbnb confirmed to Business Insider that it was taking down the ads after they were posted this morning, and that the campaign was not run using the $8 million it had given to political groups to fight proposed legislation.

Public response to SPL survey sharply against City Librarian Marcellus Turner's rebranding plan

Of course some survey takers liked the proposed rebranding, but less than 1% wrote comments in support of it. The overwhelming majority opposed it; they rejected the “branding initiative.”
Even though there were hundreds of survey respondents who said they love the Seattle Public Library, what they’d heard about the branding initiative spurred some to take a tough stance on their future relationship with it

From The Seattle Review of Books - Public response to SPL survey sharply against City Librarian Marcellus Turner's rebranding plan

Wi-Fi hotspot loans from Kitchener, Ont. library a Canadian first

Kitchener Public Library is embracing the digital age, and setting a new standard for libraries in Canada with its new Wi-Fi hotspot loan program. 

"We do believe we are the first library in Canada to offer Wi-Fi loans," said library CEO Mary Chevreau.  

From Wi-Fi hotspot loans from Kitchener, Ont. library a Canadian first - Kitchener-Waterloo - CBC News

9 Amazing Things You Can Take Out From the Library

"We certainly understand the economy of lending," Wolstenholme says. (Resource-strapped libraries typically acquire these items from donations.) She's surveying to gauge patron interest in a telescope, metal detector, even a game camera to catch footage of those pesky coyotes in the back yard.

With help from Jessica D’Avanza, community services librarian at Barrington Public Library and other library staff throughout the state, we’ve put together a list of great things you might not know you can borrow from Rhode Island’s libraries

From Rhode Island, libraries, unusual items

Where Do Books from Closed Libraries Go?

Philly Voice answers the {infrequently asked} question:

Q) What happens to the books at closed libraries like the South Philadelphia one at Broad and Morris streets?

Question answered by Jennifer Maguire-Wright, chief manager of materials for the Free Library of Philadelphia:

A) The materials in the South Philadelphia collection were mostly sent to other neighborhood libraries in the library system. Items that were in poor condition or outdated were withdrawn from the collection -- we call it “weeding,” in library lingo. Those items are typically offered to other city agencies for a period of time and then sold in book sales.

How do you determine which ones get the boot?

We have a collection development policy that includes details on how we keep our collections fresh and current. Typically, items are removed from the collection due to condition. Our books can be well-loved to the point that they are falling apart. For non-fiction, we have guides based on the content. A good example is health-related materials. Anything older than five years is looked at critically to see if there are newer titles on the topic ...

Remember Hydrox?

Is it or isn't it the Public Librarians favorite cookie? Rumor has it that they're coming back. But as you are library folk, rumor doesn't quite cut it.

Post inspired by recent conversation on Publib list Publib Archives.

Please comment yay or nay. Any votes for 'Nilla Wafers?

Library explores relationship with homeless

WILMINGTON -- The New Hanover County Library is working to figure out what role it should play in the lives of the homeless who use some of its branches, particularly the main library on Chestnut Street.


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