Public Libraries

Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights Up Library Queries

Getting a glimpse into the curious minds of others has never been so beautiful – or so bright.

Designers Brian W. Brush and Yong Ju Lee of E/B Office New York created an extensive fiber-optic installation for the Teton County Library grand opening in Wyoming that visualizes library searches in flashes of colored light. Dubbed Filament Mind, the installation, which opened at the end of January, uses over five miles of fiber-optic cables and 44 LED illuminators to collect, categorize, and render searches from libraries all across the state of Wyoming into glowing bursts of color.

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Free book boxes keep fiction afloat outside waterlogged libraries

Mini-libraries are letting storm-shattered neighborhoods turn the page on Hurricane Sandy.

Bright orange boxes filled with up to 100 books have popped up outside flooded branches that remain closed in Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, and Red Hook — and users of the free literature exchanges don’t have to worry about late fees or that pesky Dewey Decimal System!

Due to theft, toilet paper rationed at Trenton, N.J. library

As austerity measures go, rationing toilet paper sounds pretty austere.
They're trying it at the public library in Trenton, the New Jersey capital, after repeated incidents of vandalism and theft from the restrooms. Individually sized allotments of toilet paper and other personal hygiene items are available by request only, CBS New York reports.

Libraries across W.Va. prepare for potential cuts

Library administrators across the state are holding emergency meetings and hoping for the best after the Supreme Court ruled last week that a law forcing the Kanawha County Board of Education to fund its public library is unconstitutional.

"I think we're all making plans for the worst-case scenario because right now, that's the fiscally responsible thing to do," said Pam Coyle, director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley Public Library.

West Virginia auditor blasts Cisco, state for "oversized" router buy

West Virginia could have saved almost $8 million had the scope of the purchase been scaled to the requirements of the state's libraries, schools and state police, the report states. Smaller, less expensive routers could have been used in the state's 172 libraries, resulting in a savings of $2.8 million; in state police facilities, for a savings of $1 million to $1.4 million; and in 368 schools with enrollments of less than 500, for a savings of $3.68 million.

Seed Library Opens in La Crosse, WI Library

The La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse, WI has just launched an heirloom seed library that will allow people to check out garden seeds to plant, grow, harvest and return to the library. "We are going to catalog them by genus and species eventually and have a catalog in a public area but that will be the second step. It's not hard to do but we need people that are committed to come in today and check out the seeds and come back and get them," said La Crosse Public Library Librarian Cindy Mischnick. The starter seeds are being provided by Seed Savers of Decorah, IA, the third largest heirloom seed repository in the world. The seed library is the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

The "Free To All" Film Project

Check out this cool film project Free To All:


Inside the Public Library is a multi-platform documentary project that brings together library stories from all across America. Whether historic or contemporary, humorous or heartbreaking, these individual dramas shed light on how public libraries have shaped our society. The project's centerpiece is a feature-length film chronicling a year inside San Francisco Public, a very unquiet library. Shorter films bring alive other extraordinary chapters of the public library story - from the puritans and robber barons who launched it, through the immigrants, suffragettes and civil rights activists who transformed it, to the millions of Americans whose lives are changed at the public library today.

Filming at the San Francisco Public Library in progress...(trailer)

Libraries Have Had Their Day

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary has said libraries have had their day. Deary referred to libraries as being a Victorian idea that does not fit in contemporary times.

(h/t Public Libraries News)

Bedbugs found in book bindings close library

OMG YUCK...
Southwestern Michigan officials say bedbugs found in book bindings prompted them to close a Kalamazoo Public Library branch.

Cedar Rapids Has High Hopes for its New Library Opening in August

From the Gazette:

The new library — 11 percent larger than its flooded predecessor but seemingly much bigger, with a roof garden plaza, three walk-and-read treadmills, three fireplaces and a cafe with drive-up window — still will have plenty of printed books even as the rush from print books to electronic books is moving nearly as fast as workers can put on the finishing touches so the new library can open in August.

And no, the e-book revolution doesn’t mean that the city’s new library will be a modern-day dinosaur, an anachronistic testament to tunnel vision in a relentless world of change, assures Bob Pasicznyuk, the Cedar Rapids library’s director.

Walk-and-read treadmills, love it!!

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