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In response to controversy, hundreds pack Mount Horeb library for reading of transgender book

Submitted by dubuquer on Sat, 12/05/2015 - 21:54

MOUNT HOREB — In a turnout that stunned organizers, nearly 600 people filled the library here Wednesday night to hear a public reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl, with many in the crowd expressing strong support for a local family with a transgender child.


A Slippery Number: How Many Books Can Fit in the New York Public Library?

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 22:03

In just the past decade, vexingly different figures have been reported — 1.8 million in The New York Times in 2009, four million by The Associated Press in 2013. The library and its current president, Anthony W. Marx, seemed content until two years ago to put the number at about three million, although the figure of 3.5 million had long been used, and appears in the lead paragraph of a Times article from Oct. 1, 1905. (Puzzlingly, the headline says 4.5 million.)

3 small cities strive to book new libraries

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 14:56

If only Oprah were here.

“And you get a library, and you get a library, and you get a library!”

But alas, three small Clark County libraries will have to do it the hard way.

Ridgefield, Woodland and Washougal are in the hunt for new libraries to feed the minds of their growing cities, and they are all edging slowly toward their targets.

Public library set to open in polygamous community in Utah

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:36

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.

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

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/15/2015 - 21:07

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.

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

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 11:00

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

From Roz Warren
Roz Warren, "the world's funniest librarian," writes for the New York Times and the Funny Times and she's been featured on the Today Show. (Twice!) Her latest humor book is OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR.

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

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:36

"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."

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

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 11:39

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.

How Public Libraries Can Support Broadband Adoption

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 08:37

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.