The Vancouver Public Library has decided to get in bed with readers that want to, well, get in bed with readers. Or maybe they just want to go for coffee and be good friends. Either way, bookish types can now hit the library for free read-dating speed-dating nights. Daters between the ages of 19 and 35 are asked to bring a book or CD as a conversation starting point, and will rotate for five-minute mini-dates through 17 stations.
L'ONF vient de lancer sa nouvelle programmation de Cinéclub auprès des bibliothèques du pays. Le Cinéclub ONF est une nouvelle formule de collaboration avec les bibliothèques publiques visant à rendre la riche collection de l'ONF accessible aux communautés canadiennes dans toutes les régions du pays. Il offre gratuitement des programmes cinématographiques diversifiés - composés de ses nouvelles productions - pour enfants et adultes. (2010 nov)
Joan Weaver and Rosetta Graff aren’t exactly reinventing the small town public library, just . . . well, reinterpreting it. The Kinsley Public Library in Kinsley, which, with a population of roughly 1,450, is the largest town in Edwards County, in wheat-growing central Kansas. Before the Internet, the public library was the source of books and information. Now, it’s one of many sources. So, like a company rewriting its business model in changing times, the library, especially the small library, also must adapt to remain relevant.
Given the calibre of the short-listed books, the two volunteer committees charged with selecting the titles for the 2012 Woodstock Reads spent weeks deciding the two "victors." On Friday, Mayor Pat Sobeski had the honour of revealing the results of these debates, pulling the curtain from a month or so of secrecy during an afternoon ceremony at the Woodstock Public Library.
The NFB has just launched its new Film Club program for public libraries. The NFB Film Club is an innovative way of collaborating with libraries to make the NFB's rich collection accessible to communities all across Canada. It offers, free of charge, a variety of film programs - composed of new NFB productions - for children and adults. (Nov 2010)
Councillor Mike Del Grande, the city's budget chief, questions whether the library should be in the business of movies and non-English materials.
Being a focal point for the community is precisely the right role, said Councillor Sarah Doucette, a library board member. She shook her head when Del Grande’s recorded comments were played back to her. “I guess it depends what you think a library is,” she said. “A library is no longer a room full of books. It’s the computers where people can come to get jobs, improve their education. Some of the videos are how-to videos. We’ve got the newspapers, we’ve got magazines. We’re working to get more e-books.”
Instantly I could see it. The library purchases some old Nintendo NES consoles (gigantic game cartridges and all), some Atari, and maybe a ColecoVision if they’re feeling cheeky. You get a bunch of old classic games and then have the teens play them. I guarantee they’d be fascinated. Heck, at this point in time they’d probably figure it was a history lesson . . . and they’d be right.
“The project is about connecting libraries and artists of all kinds: visual artists, performing artists, writers—anybody who uses the libraries in their community,” says Batykefer. “It’s not only to make known that artists and art organizations can use libraries as resources, but highlight the ways which libraries contribute to communities all the time. “ The LIP’s site, which officially launched last month, features the work of artists who have relied on the support of libraries during their careers, as well as libraries that have supported the arts through unique collections or initiatives.