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#6 - El Paso, TX - Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability

#6 - El Paso, TX - Top 10 Libraries for Children | Livability | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Located in El Paso, TX's downtown area, the El Paso Public Library reaches approximately 5,100 children each week through standard services, online resources and special activities while serving a diverse group that includes new immigrant populations, thanks to its proximity to Mexico.

Residents can participate in weekly activities such as Family Crafts Wednesday and Family Game Fridays, as well as seasonal and themed events like Dia del los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, a yearly literacy festival.

El Paso Public Library offers a Ready to Read program designed to help prepare children to read before beginning school, as well as Young Explorer Learning Centers that include computers preloaded with developmental software. The library's summer reading program typically attracts approximately 15,000 children. 

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Colourful new library enlivens a Montreal neighbourhood

Colourful new library enlivens a Montreal neighbourhood | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre promises to be more than a place to sign out books or see shows. It’s seen as a cornerstone in the borough’s revitalization
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Knight challenge Hyperlocal: Library as Amplifier of Community Voices, Stories, and News

Knight challenge Hyperlocal: Library as Amplifier of Community Voices, Stories, and News | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Hyperlocal's goal is to enable every library to become a hub for local multimedia publishing efforts, from surfacing local history to empowering local writers to develop skills and share stories—with a national platform for sharing the best of the results. Library Journal and Toledo Lucas County Public Library will partner to co-develop a model program and to support local journalism and other storytelling efforts at the hyperlocal level, with the library acting as the place to access the program guidance, tools, and research support for creators to develop skills and publish in various formats. Local library platforms will feed into a national channel to share with a larger audience.
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How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different approach and has seen incredible results.
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Flint Public Library to archive stories of residents living through the water crisis

Flint Public Library to archive stories of residents living through the water crisis | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Now anyone in Flint can preserve their story of living through the water crisis.

The Flint Public Library is opening its recording studio for residents to tell their experience of living with poisoned water. 
The library is partnered with StoryCorps, a spoken-story archiving organization. The interviews are done in a conversational style, and the group will archive the recordings. With the storyteller's permission, StoryCorps will also send the story to the Library of Congress.
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Libraries Taskforce 'Ambition' report lacks detail on numbers | The Bookseller

Libraries Taskforce 'Ambition' report lacks detail on numbers | The Bookseller | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The Libraries Taskforce has taken its first step towards producing a national strategy for England's public libraries with a new draft report published. However, it has been criticised for not going far enough regarding funding proposals.
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Tainan Public Library looks comfortable in its second skin

Tainan Public Library looks comfortable in its second skin | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

New designs for the planned Tainan Public Library in Taiwan show a top-heavy building with its uppermost floor wrapped in a decorative second skin.

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Tainan Public Library

Mecanoo has won the competition to design the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan. Working in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, the Dutch practice will create the 35,000 m2 library, which will feature reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. The plan for the site also encompasses a future extension of 13,000 m2..

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Silver Spring Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

Silver Spring Library Earns LEED Gold Certification | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Silver Spring branch with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
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Gene Luen Yang Lends Support to Highlight the Transformation of Libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair | Children's Book Council

Gene Luen Yang Lends Support to Highlight the Transformation of Libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair | Children's Book Council | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

CHICAGO — Libraries of all types consistently transform lives through free access to technology, digital literacy, career development, and opportunities for community engagement and lifelong learning.  In celebration of the invaluable contributions of librarians, library workers and the nation’s libraries, thousands will celebrate National Library Week, April 10 – 16.

The 2016 National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, and Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016 – 2017), will lend his support to highlight the value of libraries of all types as National Library Week Honorary Chair. Those celebrating National Library Week will have free access to publicity tools featuring Yang. Downloadable items will include social media artwork, print and audio PSAs, as well as a special video message. All items will be available for download at ala.org/nlw. 


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Building Blocks of an Innovation Space | Field Reports

Building Blocks of an Innovation Space | Field Reports | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The maker movement and 3-D printing technology catalyze innovation and promote entrepreneurship by emphasizing “making” over “consuming” and facilitate experiential learning and rapid prototyping. To many, library Maker spaces are also often the only facility within their reach that offers open access to 3-D printing and scanning equipment. For these reasons, creating a Maker space for patrons is often an ­attractive project.
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How One MSU Student Caught the Eye of the 2016 ASLA Jury

How One MSU Student Caught the Eye of the 2016 ASLA Jury | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Starkville Public Library “read" Sculpture by Travis R. Crabtree (MSU Student) with project adviser Cory Gallo (associate professor) at Starkville Public Library, Mississippi (U.S.A.)

Landscape architects know how many obstacles a project needs to overcome before jumping from the screen of their laptops. Building in the real world involves a wide range of factors and conditions which students, sometimes, do not have chance to face in the scholastic environment. And this is far away from that beloved haven for even the most restless of them.

What can you do when you have plenty of ideas to put into action but you are still an undergraduate? How could you go beyond academic subjects and lead your own proposals? Well, there are alternative ways for students to contribute to the community while enlarging their education.

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What Colleges Can Gain by Adding Makerspaces to Their Libraries

What Colleges Can Gain by Adding Makerspaces to Their Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Colleges are following the lead of K-12 schools and libraries by creating easily accessible makerspaces that are available to the entire student body.
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Ask questions about the next Knight News Challenge on Libraries

Ask questions about the next Knight News Challenge on Libraries | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
Ask questions about the next Knight News Challenge on Libraries
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Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs

Knight challenge Libraries as Environmental Monitoring Hubs | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
To build a citywide network of internet-enabled, low-cost environmental monitoring sensors based at Los Angeles public and school libraries
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How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces

How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
They’ve long served as communal gathering spots, but these civic institutions are becoming gateways to technological tinkering.Miguel Figueroa, who directs the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association, says makerspaces are part of libraries’ expanded mission to be places where people can not only consume knowledge, but create new knowledge.
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NYPL's PIC Lets You Explore the Lives and Works of Famous Photographers

NYPL's PIC Lets You Explore the Lives and Works of Famous Photographers | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library has launched a new online resource called the Photographers’ Identities Catalog (PIC). If researching the world of photography
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The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library

The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A social worker connects at-risk library patrons with resources and a chance to give back.
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Pop-up Library Makerspace: Academic libraries provide flexible, supportive space to explore emerging technologies.

Pop-up Library Makerspace: Academic libraries provide flexible, supportive space to explore emerging technologies. | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
The word Makerspace is a general term for a place where people get together to make things, create things and learn together. Antony Groves presents a look at a recent university library experiment…
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mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan

mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
dutch architecture studio mecanoo has won a competition to design a public library for the taiwanese city of tainan.
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University library in Tokyo may be world’s coolest with its "floating" meeting rooms【Pics】

University library in Tokyo may be world’s coolest with its "floating" meeting rooms【Pics】 | innovative libraries | Scoop.it

Glass-domed rooms grace five-story atrium. Depending on your study habits, you might think of your university library as informative, mentally stimulating, or the perfect place to take a nap while ditching class. Odds are, though, you wouldn’t describe it as “awesome”…unless you happen to go to Seikei University, that is.
Located in Tokyo’s Kichijoji-Kitamachi neighborhood, Seikei celebrated its centennial in 2006. As part of the festivities, a new library was constructed. Approaching the glassy façade of the five-story building, one can immediately tell that the interior will make use of open space and natural light, both of which should be beneficially refreshing to the young minds within its walls.

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The Library Card

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This article appears in the March print edition alongside the cover story, “Can America Put Itself Back Together?”—a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. 

As we traveled around the U.S. reporting on the revival of towns and cities, we always made the local library an early stop. We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.

The traditional impression of libraries as places for quiet reading, research, and borrowing books—and of librarians as schoolmarmish shush-ers—is outdated, as they have metamorphosed into bustling civic centers. For instance, Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon, now cooperates with dozens of organizations, from AARP (which helps people with their taxes) to Goodwill (which teaches résumé writing). A social worker trains staff to guide conversations about one of the most frequent questions people trustingly bring into the library: Can you help me figure out how to meet my housing costs? 

There are three areas where libraries function as vibrant centers of America’s towns: technology, education, and community. 

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Artist's Floating Library Offers Reading Materials on Echo Park Lake

Artist's Floating Library Offers Reading Materials on Echo Park Lake | innovative libraries | Scoop.it
A Minnesota artist has set sail with "The Floating Library," which offers reading materials to bookworms on Echo Park Lake. Dave Mecham reports from Echo Park for the KTLA 5 News at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2016.
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