People N Patrons

People do the craziest things in libraries

From Overdue Books to Overdosed Patrons

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 09:43
Story from the NYT .

The opioid epidemic is reshaping life in America, including at the local public library, where librarians are considering whether to carry naloxone to battle overdoses. At a time when the public is debating arming teachers, it is another example of an unlikely group being enlisted to fight a national crisis.

The Denver Library--An Unofficial Homeless Shelter?

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:15
From Colorado Public Radio a piece about the main library and how staff are trying to safeguard library visitors.

One person recently died in the library bathroom from a drug overdose. That inspired the library to began a program to instruct staff how to administer the drug antidote, Narcan.

SF Library Workers May Get Training to Stop Heroin Overdoses

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:12
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco public library staffers may soon be trained to administer medication to reverse heroin overdoses among the growing number of opioid users who are homeless.

The idea surfaced after an addict was found dead in one of the Civic Center library's restrooms in early February, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday.

In a Feb.

The Great Failure of Andrew Carnegie's Simplified Spelling Lobby

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 20:32

Despite his embarrassing loss on the phonetics front, Carnegie kept funding the Simplified Spelling Board for nearly a decade afterwards, stopping only after it became inescapably clear that his attempt to influence the country to spell differently had failed.
"I think I hav been patient long enuf," he wrote as he cancelled the funding in 1915. "I hav a much better use for twenty-five thousand dollars a year."

Video of Josh Hanagame of the Salt Lake City Library

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 09:40

KUER's VideoWest/RadioWest's intro to the video Ties the Room Together. "Josh Hanagarne is a writer and a librarian in Salt Lake City who's written beautifully about his experiences with Tourette syndrome. We had him on RadioWest to talk about his 2013 book The World's Strongest Librarian. We want to thank Josh for letting us tag along and pry into his life."

Here's a photo of Josh holding an "In My Book, you're quite a character" card in the beautiful SLCPL .

Librarians in uproar after borrowing record of Haruki Murakami is leaked

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 14:29

Librarians in Japan have ditched their traditional regard for silence to accuse a newspaper of violating the privacy of Haruki Murakami, Japan’s best-known contemporary writer, after it revealed his teenage reading habits.

As a schoolboy in the western port city of Kobe, Murakami delved into the three-volume complete works of the French writer Joseph Kessel, according to library cards leaked to the Kobe Shimbun newspaper.

With No Fixed Address, Two Men start Toronto's only Underpass Library

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 09/04/2015 - 15:42

From the CBC:

Al is an avid reader. He estimates he reads a different book every two days. He reads so much, people give him new books all the time. He had so many books, he and a friend decided to start their own library.

Only Al has no fixed address. He lives on the street, and so his upstart library is also on the street, under a small bridge on Lower Simcoe Street in Toronto.

The library card - The Lancet

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:28

Thanks to Lee for passing this one along!

I keep coming back to the library card. Why did he have it? What did he do at the library? Did he surf the Internet, or check out books? Did he look at newspapers? Or did he just go to the library to escape the elements, to sit in a quiet place, where everything was calm?

From The library card - The Lancet