Public Libraries

Trouble for Toronto Public Library

Why is it everytime I post a story about Ontario it\'s bad
news?
This Story from
The Toronto
Star
says library officials would have to look at
closing at least 17 branch libraries, if the proposed
budget cuts take place. Keep in mind that the Toronto
Public Library has had to reduce its budget by about 25
per cent in the past 10 years. I thought the city
amalgamation was suppose to make things better?

Moving Beyond \'Shh\' (and Books) at Libraries

It\'s funny how often the \'Shh\' shows up in story titles.

Eileen and Abbey were the first one\'s to send in This Story from the NY Times.

They say the busiest library in the country(Queens) is successful becuase it has moved beyond books and the \"age-old dictum of silence\", and many other libraries are following, due to the competion we are feeling from all over.
This is a great story full of good examples of how libraries are doing things right. Great PR for us all!

\"\"When I started working here, I couldn\'t believe the noise level, It was like Macy\'s on a sale day. If people are hollering or talking on their cell phones, we will say something, but otherwise there is very little you can do about it.\"

Ah The Public Library

Though I\'m not as bad as This Guy I can never seem
to return my books on time. My Library has a
special hit man looking for me. But I can\'t seem to find
the New SI. Hopefully I be moving
soon, so they\'ll never catch me.

Maybe I can move like the Stromsburg library?
If only I had several hundred friends!.
But that would probably turn into a big fracas and someone would get fired.

Philly Changes R-Video Policies

Now parents of kids that use the librar (up to age 18) can choose a special library-card bar code that prohibits the user from checking out any video. The old policy allowed card-holders from 12 to 18 to check out R-rated videos without restriction.
Read The Full Story over at Philly.com.

\"It really invited parents to become partners in their children\'s use of the library,\" Seiter said. \"It really is a parent\'s right to make those decisions.\"

Most Borrowed in the UK

With Harry Potter Weaving his spell in libraries, it\'s good to see Scotland is hungry for love in the library, meanwhile Cookson is queen of the library shelves in the UK, that makes her the most popular author among library users for the 15th year. They say the top ten non-fiction titles reflected preoccupations with relationships, cooking and driving tests.

Thanks to Sarah Ormes for this one!

Biblio-biculture

Brian writes \"The Allentown Morning Call has a Story on the demand for library books about bicultural Latino children.\"

From the story:

\"\"This is the kind of book I want my daughter to read,\" Rodriguez, who lives in Allentown, said. \"It\'s hard to find books where my children can read about children who look just like them and speak English.\"

Shake the Stacks


Tabletnewspaper.com
has an Interview with Jeff Katz the
founder of \"Shake the Stacks\" all-ages rock-n-roll
shows at the downtown Seattle Public Library.

\"
Libraries are just becoming more and more important
and I think that people are gradually coming to the
understanding that libraries are the places to go for just
about anything and that the library is really the heart &
soul of the community.\"

Library rankings stir some debate

Occasional LISNews contributor Thomas Hennen also does his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings that are often discussion in the press after they come out.

JS Online has a In Depth look at the Ratings, and includes an interview with Thomas.

\"There\'s a whole group of people who don\'t want to measure or compare anything because if we compare, we\'ll hurt each other\'s feelings,\" Hennen said. \"I\'ve never said this is the only way to evaluate libraries.\"

Popularity boom speaks volumes about libraries

Here\'s a very nice story from The Chicago Tribune about how so much is changing in libraries, after being \"dark dens for bookworms and students\" for so long.
More than $3 billion has been spent on libraries nationwide over the last six years, and 1,200 libraries have been built or expanded. Now if they would just start asking the librarians how to actually build them correctly...

\"Good library architecture makes you stand straighter and feel good about coming to the library,\"

Thanks to Bob Cox for this one!

Praise For The Bookmobile

PressRepublican.com has a Long Story on The Clinton-Essex-Franklin(NY) Library System Bookmobile. They want to add a rolling connection to the internet some day!

\"The libraries are becoming increasing important They’re no longer just (for) books; they’re part of the Information Age. They’re teaching schoolchildren how to access the information that’s available worldwide. They’re getting kids in the North Country ready for the dot-com jobs that are there.\"

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