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How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank

How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it
A library card gives you the opportunity to check out seeds, harvest crops and return new seeds. (Libraries continue to repurpose themselves.

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Another seed lending library is featured. Especially love the quote from a parent,

 

"[Stephanie] Syson says the library has always been a place for her daughter to learn. The seeds just add another lesson.

"For her to see a little pot of dirt and to plant a seed into it, and then 30 days later being able to eat something from it is really exciting for her," she says. "She really enjoys seeing that whole process."

A process that now includes a trip to the local library."

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New Brunswick library displays paintings left by mysterious artist

New Brunswick library displays paintings left by mysterious artist | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A New Brunswick library is showcasing a collection of paintings by a mysterious artist. (VIDEO)

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2015 Audie Award Winners Announced

2015 Audie Award Winners Announced | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners for its 2015 Audie Awards® competition, honoring spoken word entertainment. The winners were announced at the Audies Gala on May 28, 2015.

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Coalitions: Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing Launches Website

Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing have joined to raise awareness of high ebook prices charged by multinational publishers at fairpricingforlibraries.org.

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The best summer reads: 90 books chosen by 40 literary luminaries

The best summer reads: 90 books chosen by 40 literary luminaries | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

From Harper Lee to Hilary Mantel, and poetry to  parallel universes, here’s a holiday library of unmissable books chosen by authors, critics, publishers and more.


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At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Listening for the Appeal of Audiobooks, by Joyce Saricks | Booklist Online

At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Listening for the Appeal of Audiobooks, by Joyce  Saricks | Booklist Online | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Although I’ve frequently written about audiobooks, I’ve never addressed the hard part of working with this collection: How do we identify an audiobook’s appeal and use that information to share titles with readers? Audiobooks are all about the narrator and how the narration affects the reader’s appreciation of the book.

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The Worst Canonical Kids' Books and What to Replace Them With

The Worst Canonical Kids' Books and What to Replace Them With | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Recently over at Slate, Gabriel Roth made a very good argument for the basic awfulness of Janette Sebring Lowrey's The Poky Little Puppy, postulating that the only reason that book and books like it persist in our cultural consciousness is because of the nostalgia effect — my mom read this to me, so I’d better read it to my kids, etc. But there is another way!

 

-Emily Temple

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Marketing in the Real World | American Libraries Magazine

Marketing in the Real World | American Libraries Magazine | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Libraries are often willing to pay upwards of 95% of their annual budgets for staffing and materials, while allocating no funds for marketing. A library with a $4 million budget shouldn’t allocate only $5,000 to making patrons aware of all the events and services that the $4 million provides. Some of that money should be shifted to help the community become more aware of the library’s value.

 

-Ben Bizzle with Maria Flora

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2014 Nebula Awards

2014 Nebula Awards | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Taking the prize for Best Novel was Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihiliation (Farrar), the creepy first volume in his acclaimed “Southern Reach Trilogy.”  For a full list of the winners, see the SFWA website.

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3-D Printers | Product Spotlight

3-D Printers | Product Spotlight | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

...During the past few years, dozens of small desktop units have become available, most priced out of reach for casual users but within the means of many libraries interested in offering their communities access to new technologies.

 

-Matt Enis

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Salvation Army's Moncton warehouse is drowning in used books

Salvation Army's Moncton warehouse is drowning in used books | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Salvation Army in Moncton is hoping a giant book sale will create space in its warehouse.

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Libraries becoming community builders

Libraries becoming community builders | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Vivian Howard, Dalhousie University associate professor in the school of information management, said libraries have undergone huge changes in the last 20 years. “The Internet has had a tremendous impact on the way libraries do business,” she said. “Libraries used to be a warehouse of information, where you physically had to go for material.” But Howard said libraries have had to rethink their role. “Linking people with information is still a vital part of what libraries do, but it’s no longer a warehouse of information,” she said. “It’s about providing access to information and a community setting.” Howard said libraries are positioning themselves as community builders.

 

-Brett Bundale

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New library cards get animated

HUNTSVILLE – Kids signing up for a new Huntsville Public Library card are in for a colourful treat. [The card] features a Nicholas Oldland illustration of a beaver, bear and moose in front of a red canoe near a river.

 

-Alison Brownlee

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Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery

Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, we look at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books.

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N.B. library’s new collection takes root

Libraries in the 21st century have come a long way from simply being a shelter for books; in many of our cities and towns they've become a whole hub of community resources. One of those new resources has just popped up at Fredericton's Public Library and it’s part of a movement taking root elsewhere. (VIDEO)

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Une bibliothèque du futur en banlieue de Montréal | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca

Une bibliothèque du futur en banlieue de Montréal | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Les travaux de construction de la nouvelle bibliothèque futuriste de Varennes seront terminés d'ici la fin du mois de juin. Il s'agit du premier bâtiment institutionnel du Canada à produire autant d'électricité qu'il en consomme. Visite guidée d'un espace qui s'adapte à son époque.

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Multi-language family literacy program launches across Canada | ABC Life Literacy Canada

Multi-language family literacy program launches across Canada | ABC Life Literacy Canada | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The program is built around a series of learning modules. Each module includes an easy-to-use Facilitator’s Guide and features an original story relevant to Canadian culture. The story links to fun learning activities, increasing engagement and reinforcing literacy skills. The modules will be available online and through literacy programs at a variety of community hubs, including community, settlement, and learning and literacy centres. Modules are designed to allow for variety of instructors to deliver the program, including parents, teachers, and centre facilitators.

 

In 2015, four modules will be offered in English, French and Simplified Chinese.  In 2016 and 2017 three new modules will be released, each year, in Canada’s two official languages, as well as a new common first language.

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YouTuber Interprets a Neil Gaiman Poem in ASL

YouTuber Interprets a Neil Gaiman Poem in ASL | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Have you ever seen an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of one of your favorite poems? The video embedded above features a YouTuber known as “Crom Saunders” signing Neil Gaiman’s piece, “The Day the Saucers Came.”

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She Listens: Favorite Male Narrators, by Kaite Mediatore Stover | Booklist Online

She Listens: Favorite Male Narrators, by Kaite Mediatore  Stover | Booklist Online | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Readergal has quite a few invisible boyfriends who talk to her. She has complete control over when they speak and what they talk about. And she has one for almost every mood. These may sound like imaginary men, but they are not. They are Readergal’s favorite male narrators, and each holds a special place in her heart and ears.

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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading “prescription.” I’ve generally preferred to mimic Virginia Woolf’s passionate commitment to serendipity...

 

-Ceridwen Dovey

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Stuck in the Middle | American Libraries Magazine

Stuck in the Middle | American Libraries Magazine | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The tweens were busy writing on colored Post-it notes and placing ideas on the mock Pinterest board at the front of the room. At a recent meeting of the Richland Library tween advisory board in Columbia, South Carolina, the children were asked to brainstorm about the new tween space being built. Even the impractical ideas, such as implementing a food court and a Ferris wheel, gave librarians insight into what the kids wanted from their space.

 

-Jennifer Goforth Gregory

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Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

 

-April Witteveen

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Family Place Libraries Recast the Librarian’s Role in Early Learning

Family Place Libraries Recast the Librarian’s Role in Early Learning | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A national network now in 29 states, Family Place Libraries, re-envisions public libraries as centers for early childhood information and positions librarians in the role of change agent.

 

-Lisa G. Kropp

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Would You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance?

Would You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance? | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Despite the odd requests, we librarians remain undaunted. We continue to love library work. And of course, everyone loves a library story with a happy ending. For instance?

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27 Seriously Underrated Books Every Book Lover Should Read

27 Seriously Underrated Books Every Book Lover Should Read | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

You've read Harry Potter 12 times now. Put it down, and read these instead.

 

 

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21 Famous Authors' Favorite Books

21 Famous Authors' Favorite Books | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

One key to being a good writer is to always keep reading—and that doesn't change after you've been published.

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