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

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 18:53

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

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:55

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.

Some public libraries home to rare and valuable treasures

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 08:04

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.

Phoenix libraries unveil treadmill desks

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 08:03

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.

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

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:01

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

The Active Librarian Journal Launch | Call for Papers!

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 17:06

<em>The Active Librarian</em> has published its first issue! Peer-reviewed and practical, <em>TAL</em> publishes the programs, initiatives, and services of public librarians. It aims to house the best practices from which librarians can draw inspiration.

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

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 08:24

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

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 21:09

"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