Library Spotlight: Minneapolis Central Library

The Book Standard has a story called Library Spotlight: Minneapolis Central Library. The story starts out: For the past two years, Minneapolis has ranked No.1 on the list of America’s most literate cities followed closely, both years, by Seattle), and, according to Kit Hadley, at least a small part of that stellar reputation is due to the city’s libraries. Of course, as the director of the Minneapolis library system, and as a vocal champion of the phenomenal new Central Library currently under construction in town, Hadley may be slightly biased. Still, she’s got a lot to be proud of. “Our library usage is incredibly strong,� she says. “The ratio of cardholders to city’s population is incredibly high—it’s the third-highest in the country. This is a city that loves its libraries.�


Puppet lending library in the news

Today's KidsPost has a nice article about a puppet lending library run by Brooklyn's Puppeteers Cooperative.

Draped over dull gray boxes of electrical equipment is a Mother Earth puppet with a face the size of a manhole cover. A dragon made of blue garbage bags snakes down a circular staircase.

They peer from alcoves and hang from the ceiling; floor after floor of enormous puppets, including kid-size, grinning white carousel horses. The best part of it: The puppets are part of the New York Puppet Library and they can be checked out -- for two weeks. The puppets really belong to a group called the Puppeteers Cooperative. People use them for parties, parades and political rallies.

ABC News profiled the library earlier in the summer. The library's photo of the week, showing patrons using their puppets, is always good for a smile.


Briton Starts Up On-Line Sharing Library

Peter Baillie, the founder of an online book-sharing library told BBC News that the interest in his scheme has been "beyond his wildest dreams". The 'My Book Your Book' website does not go live until Monday evening, but has already received 750 applications. All of its "founder members" will be able to access thousands of paperback novels - provided they donate 10 books each to the co-operative scheme.

Anyone familiar with any such co-op book-swapping concepts here in the States?


Call for Comments: What is a Library?

Over at SIVACRACY.NET, Siva Vaidhyanathan invites librarians to join an ongoing dialogue about Google Print that he has been carrying on with Michael Madison of

The topic: What is a library?

Siva posts a longish passage from Madison, then says:

Any librarians want to take Michael up on his questions? Write to me and I will post the responses.

He primes the pump with a couple of initial responses, and the floor is open. (You can reach Siva at sivav at pobox dot com.)


Online library's novel attraction for bookworms

Anonymous Patron writes "The Telegraph Reports The "doors" of Britain's first known online lending library are to open for business next week, bringing reassurance for literary luddites who fear the march of technology could overcome the manuscript.

My Book Your Book, which operates only in cyberspace, will offer thousands of paperback titles to its members, from fiction hits such as Zadie Smith's White Teeth to the GCSE staple To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee."


Library e-books e-rase expense of overdue fines

Anonymous Patron writes to share this story from the "Towson Times" about e-books at Baltimore County Public Library.

". . . (P)atrons cannot get e-books at a library branch or from a library computer. They have to download them on their own computers."

Currently they have 499 titles and each is available for a three-week loan period, afterwhich it becomes inaccessible.

Check out more at:,or BCPL's Web page,


Florida Governor's Mansion to get library add-on

The first expansion of the Governor's Mansion in 20 years is about to happen, after the commission that oversees the structure decided a new library would be a fitting tribute to Gov. Jeb Bush's work promoting literacy.

The Cabinet signed off on the $500,000 project Tuesday. The 550-square-foot addition, scheduled for groundbreaking in January and completion by the end of 2006, will be connected to the west side, or back, of the mansion.
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Public Libraries and Rock Band on This American Life

Jennifer Melinn writes "On the changing image theme, This American Life features a story about a rock band doing a tour of Michigan public libraries. Listen to the show
or check out the band The High Strung."


Inmates can’t go to library, so it comes to them

The Gary Post Tribune - Gary,IN, reports some good books were written in jail and a group of local educators hope some good books can be read in jail, too.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department received $5,000 from a local civic group to establish a library in the Porter County Jail, police Sgt. Tim Emmons announced Thursday.


Need to change mindset on libraries: Ku

Here's One From east Malaysia, where they say there is a need to change the public's mindset that libraries are merely avenues to borrow books so as to encourage more people to patronise them.

State Library Director Ku Joo Bee said the library is a source of information that also provides a wide range of facilities and services to visitors.



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