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NYLA Library Tour 2015

Commitments for NYLA often take me to far flung corners of New York State, and many times I have observed beautiful libraries along the way and lamented that my schedule prevented me from stopping to visit and explore.  As some of you know, I am the overly proud owner of a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper Van.  In order to make the most of my tween son’s waning agreeability, and the take the time to explore all those enticing libraries I have driven past, we planned a ten day barnstorming tour of the great state of New York, with him riding shotgun.

From August 2015: NYLA Library Tour 2015

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The 10 Most Gorgeous Private Libraries in the D.C. Area

In the D.C. area, there is a wide array of public libraries to choose from, but sometimes browsing through one's own bookshelves at home can be more exciting. For those bibliophiles who collect so many books they verge on being hoarders, Curbed collected the 10 most gorgeous homes on the DMV market with libraries of their own.

From The 10 Most Gorgeous Private Libraries in the D.C. Area - Book Worm - Curbed DC

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Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields

The fallout from Pennsylvania's rules requiring Department of Human Services child abuse background clearances and state police criminal records checks for employees and volunteers who have “routine contact with children” is being felt in churches, libraries, playgrounds, swimming pools and on Little League and soccer fields across the commonwealth.

From Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields | TribLIVE

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Reproducing Borges’s Imaginary Library Online

Though the story’s librarian-narrator believes in the possible triumph of reason, the principle force underlying the library is irrationality. Any expression, even the most elegant or undeniably true, is nonetheless possible without sincerity, or even any intention towards signification.

From Reproducing Borges’s Imaginary Library Online

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How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon - Quartz

“Being able to provide the resources and technology that people can’t afford on their own is something that the library—that’s what the library should do,” says Watson from the Queens Library. “The library is the equalizer.”

From How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon - Quartz

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LGBT Titles Will Stay on Library Shelves

From KERA News:

Hood County (TX) Commissioners said today that two LGBT-themed library books for kids will stay on the shelves.

Dozens of residents concerned about the books spoke before the commissioners earlier today in Granbury. Some want to remove the books from the shelves of the public library. Others want LGBT books for kids moved to another part of the library.

Last month, the county's library advisory board voted to keep the books with one minor change. County attorney Lori Kaspar said the library director moved one of the books, “This Day in June,” from the kids section to the parenting shelves. The other book, "My Princess Boy," remains in the children's section.

Librarians @ the Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Now this was a cool job, being part of a brand new program from Virginia Beach Public Library, initiated by librarian Kellye Carter, called Books at the Beach.

On this day another librarian with 33 years experience was helping us out, Denise Barnhart. The WVEC reporter, Joe Flanagan (pictured, center) was worried that offering free books to Oceanfront visitors may be a challenge because he didn't have any librarian skills.

"We can teach that. We can't teach compassion. We can't teach caring. But we can teach anybody how to do the day-to-day things," said Kellye Carter, manager of the Oceanfront Area Library. The books were collected by the Friends of the Library.

America needs to give libraries the money they need

Here at home, we can’t pay for Babar. Or the Count of Monte Cristo. We can’t pay for those palaces of human art, history, science and intelligence that we call libraries. We can’t pay for those books and services (including librarians) that gave so many of us our American lives.

It’s time we stop the drift toward stupidity. It’s time to give libraries the money they need. To show our new Americans that Shakespeare belongs to them, too. And Montaigne. And Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. Here is Garcia Marquez, baby.

From America needs to give libraries the money they need - NY Daily News

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At-home libraries still popular for homeowners

Library rooms are still a popular addition to homes, interior designers say. Though they are mostly considered a high-end project, middle-class homeowners want them too, when they have the space and the funds.

From At-home libraries still popular for homeowners - Towns - NorthJersey.com

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