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Public library set to open in polygamous community in Utah

A public library is set to open next year in a polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border that hasn't had one for decades because of controlling sect leaders who try to limit followers' exposure to the outside world.

The library is expected to open in March 2016, Washington County Library System director Joel Tucker said. The plan is to put the library in an old schoolhouse the center of town, near the public school and town hall in Hildale, Utah.

The community is dominated by a polygamous sect led by jailed leader Warren Jeffs. He and other sect leaders try to limit members' exposure to the outside world by prohibiting Internet and books.

From Public library set to open in polygamous community in Utah | The Salt Lake Tribune

Beneath New York Public Library, Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks

But unbeknown to most of them, 17 feet below ground, in a concrete bunker worthy of the White House, the library is expanding and updating one of the most sophisticated book storage systems in the world.

Since March, after abandoning a much-criticized plan to move the bulk of its research collection to New Jersey, the library has been working instead to create a high-tech space underground for the 2.5 million research works long held in its original stacks.

The books will begin arriving in April, and by the end of spring library officials expect to be using a new retrieval system to ferry the volumes and other materials from their 84 miles of subterranean shelving, loaded into little motorized carts — a bit like miniaturized minecars carrying nuggets of research gold.

From Beneath New York Public Library, Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks - The New York Times

Librarians! Who’s Ready For A Game Of Library Bingo?

Librarians! Who’s Ready For A Game Of Library Bingo?

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From Librarians! Who’s Ready For A Game Of Library Bingo? | HumorOutcasts

Dori: Libraries waste $9K on bike stations in Seattle

"They said, 'We're putting a bike shop in there,'" he said. "I started laughing because I knew management was goofing on me. Even though I'm an avid cyclist, I'm not a huge fan of the zealots around here that have taken over the streets. I thought they were joking. They weren't. They put a bike rack in our old office. There is usually one bicycle in there. We lost our office so we could appease one bicycling co-worker."

From Dori: Libraries waste $9K on bike stations - Dori Monson | MyNorthwest.com

Bike-repair stations coming to 9 King County (Seattle) libraries

Bicycle pumps and tools are being installed at nine King County libraries, which are expanding their mission to promote eco-friendly travel.

The Renton branch will be outfitted this week with the do-it-yourself repair station, while Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Kenmore, Newcastle, Federal Way, and Burien branches, as well as the administrative center in Issaquah, already have theirs, said spokeswoman Marsha Iverson.

From Bike-repair stations coming to 9 King County libraries | The Seattle Times

How Public Libraries Can Support Broadband Adoption

The barriers to broadband adoption are well-documented, and include digital literacy, relevancy and cost. Digital literacy and relevancy are often addressed simultaneously; libraries and non-profit organizations teach digital literacy skills through relevant use of the Internet and often provide direct training classes. To successfully increase broadband use in communities, all three barriers must be addressed through a diverse set of local partners with established roots in the community.

From How Public Libraries Can Support Broadband Adoption | PublicCEO

As U.S. Libraries Are Outsourced, Readers See Public Trust Erode

A Maryland company that runs public libraries has more than doubled in size in the past decade as governments seek savings. Bibliophile residents complain that an investment in knowledge and culture is being milked for profit.
Library Systems & Services LLC is running into opposition as it seeks to add the 24 libraries in Kern County, California, to its portfolio of 82 in six states, allowing the county to shed a unionized workforce of 118. The county north of Los Angeles would be the largest addition for LSSI since the firm, which is owned by Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Argosy Capital Group Inc., got into the book business in 1997.

From As U.S. Libraries Are Outsourced, Readers See Public Trust Erode - Bloomberg Business

Dartmouth, NSF aim to turn America's rural libraries into STEM centers

Dartmouth College will use a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to further help small, rural libraries nationwide to improve public understanding of science.

From Dartmouth, NSF aim to turn America's rural libraries into STEM centers | EurekAlert! Science News

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

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