A campaign to break down gender divides in children's publishing has met with instant success, after one of the publishers under fire announced they will stop producing titles labelled as "for girls" or "for boys".
Helsinki city council has decided that the new library planned for the capital will include a sauna after all. The plan to build a sauna in the new library hit a snag last week when the city’s library director suggested it might be left out—but now the library sauna has been saved by politicians on the city’s culture committee.
The Civic Center building has long been a bastion for transients, some of whom have forgone good old-fashioned reading for bathing in the bathroom sinks, dealing drugs and exposing themselves. Recent notable incidents include a man urinating on books and another breaking a computer with a hammer.
In January, Mayor Ed Lee told the Library Commission that the facility needed to be less "Lord of the Flies" and more "Sense and Sensibility." (Those are our words, not his, you'll be stunned to learn.)
The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.
Si les bibliothèques n'ont plus l'apanage de l'accès à la culture, elles font toujours figure de « troisième lieu », un endroit autre que celui du travail ou de la vie privée, favorisant les rencontres et le lien social. Les recherches architecturales tendent désormais à penser ces espaces de manière différente, par rapport à la seule nécessité de stocker et de présenter des documents.
Depuis moins d’une semaine, l'Association des Bibliothécaires de France propose sur son site internet une carte géolocalisée des bibliothèques du monde. Actuellement, trente-deux bibliothèques sont référencées.
World Book Day: Neil Gaiman, Malorie Blackman, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Rosen and a galaxy of Britain’s best-loved writers and storytellers have transformed themselves into the characters they most loved as children.
The Listen List highlights extraordinary narrators and audio experiences that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them. Titles are selected because they are a pleasure to listen to and make one reluctant to stop listening. Titles are also named to the list because the narration of the book creates a new experience, offering listeners something they could not create by their own visual reading, and because the narrator achieves an outstanding performance in terms of voice, accents, pitch, tone, inflection, rhythm, and pace. This juried list, designed for avid listeners and those new to the joys of being read a story, includes fiction and nonfiction and features voices that enthrall, delight, and inspire.
La bibliothèque de la ville d'Helsinki équipée d'un sauna Actualitté.com Associer les pays nordiques avec les saunas peut sembler relever du cliché, mais cette habitude semble toujours aussi ancrée dans les loisirs favoris des Finlandais.
Lots of libraries run a One Book, One Community communitywide reading program. But we only know of one that published the book itself: Sacramento Public Library, CA. The library didn’t just promote One Book to its core audience of already-active patrons; it reached out with some very unconventional, award-winning marketing.
Libraries used to be places for doing bookish things. It's not that simple anymore. Washington DC just announced the winning proposal for renovating its historic central library. The winner? An ambitious plan to turn the building into a place where ideas are born--and things actually made.
Lion Fiction offers Christian fiction of a different sort, aiming to reach both religious and secular readers by relying on narrative thrust, believable characters, and boundary-crossing context to create an imaginative awareness of spiritual truths without battering-ram preachment. “We’re trying to offer spirituality in fiction form but without an agenda, because most books on the Christian faith have something to sell, and that compromises the integrity of the novel,” explains publisher Tony Collins.
The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.
The question of the library as an essential service is different. It’s definitely not essential in the same way that garbage collection or police services are essential. Towns do exist without libraries.
However, time and time again when people are surveyed, it’s obvious that most people wouldn’t want to live in those towns, even the people who don’t use public libraries.
Of the non-essential services, libraries might be the most popular of all, except maybe for sports stadiums. And unlike sports stadiums, libraries bring some positive return on investment. They’re almost like essential non-essential services.