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Somerville Public Library Partners With Harvard Library Lab, Becomes First Public Library to Make “Awesome Box” Available

Somerville Public Library Partners With Harvard Library Lab, Becomes First Public Library to Make “Awesome Box” Available | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

This endeavor will allow patrons to give fellow users suggestions on what book/CD/DVD they found to be “awesome.”

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The Floating Library reaches readers in the middle of the lake (pictures)

The Floating Library reaches readers in the middle of the lake (pictures) | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The Floating Library is a public art project that lets check out books and printed matter to people recreating on an urban lake.

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Back-to-School (App) Guide

Back-to-School (App) Guide | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

For little ones new to reading, literacy practice includes forming letters, learning letter names and sounds, and word recognition. With these fun apps, sites, and games, kids can trace letters on the tablet screen, identify letter names and sounds, and match words to their images.

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First Storytime with Apps at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library

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I’ve done it! I’ve finally used an app at storytime – and it went really well! First off, I have to thank fellow intrepid storytimers, because I used their suggestions and formats. That’s what sharing is all about, isn’t it? I used the Animal Sounds app as suggested by Anne Hicks. I used it as a game after we read Simms Taback’s Farm Animals, which is a fun “guessing the animals” book. The app flowed naturally after this book, as it was a guess-the- animal game, too...

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10 Best Apps for Preschoolers: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

10 Best Apps for Preschoolers: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

There's an overwhelming number of paid apps for kids to choose from, but which ones are worth shelling out for? Here are some fun and educational apps for 3- to 4-year-olds that'll give you the best bang for your buck -- and you won't feel guilty about letting your kid use them.

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Louise Erdrich wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize's achievement award

Louise Erdrich wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize's achievement award | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it
Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award.

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Jeux vidéos, café-restau et ambiance cosy : la bibliothèque deviendra un "troisième lieu" -

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La fréquentation des bibliothèques est en baisse. Pour attirer les foules, certaines se transforment en bibliothèque "troisième lieu". Visite guidée.

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« Si l’on continue à faire que du livre sur du rayonnage, c’est mort ».

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Step inside the new Halifax Central Library

Step inside the new Halifax Central Library | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it
There’s a state-of-the-art structure nearing completion in the heart of historic downtown Halifax. The new Halifax Central Library is an impressive five-story building that can’t be missed. Rightly named as one of CNN Style’s “10 eye-popping new buildings you’ll see in 2014,” the design features a glass façade and an impressive cantilever—the overhanging structure jutting off the rooftop—offering expansive views of the city.

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Halifax looks forward to the opening of its very own library of the future

Halifax looks forward to the opening of its very own library of the future | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

It is being billed as the “city’s living room.” Its rooftop patio offers stunning views of Halifax harbour. There is a 300-seat theatre, two cafes, gaming stations, two music studios, dedicated space for adult literacy, a First Nations reading circle and boardrooms for local entrepreneurs. Oh, and it will lend books, too.

 

-Jane Taber

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Letters from the trenches

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Heidi chats with Ross Hebb about his book Letters from Home, a collection of letters from WW1 Maritime soldiers.

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Penn State One Button Studios Used 4,500 Times Annually

Penn State One Button Studios Used 4,500 Times Annually | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The studios, which enable students to produce professional quality presentations and green screen recordings by simply plugging a flash drive into a USB port and pressing a single button, were initially launched in February 2012. Usage has grown rapidly ever since.

 

-Matt Enis

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CBC Books' Writers to Watch: the 2014 edition

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Who will be Canada's next great writer? We're keeping an eye on these 12 contenders. From poets to playwrights, meet  the 12 rising CanLit stars who make up the 2014 edition of CBC Books' Writers to Watch.

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Author, Author! | Programs That Pop

Author, Author! | Programs That Pop | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The necessity of saying “no” to so many aspiring authors was what initially inspired me to host a local author fair. Once I promoted the idea, finding authors was not a problem. In fact, I had to stop accepting applications when we reached 40, the maximum number of wordsmiths that could be accommodated comfortably in the library garden.

 

-Lauren Gilbert

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Best ABC Books of All-Time: Find Your Favorite Alphabet Book

Best ABC Books of All-Time: Find Your Favorite Alphabet Book | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Read about the top 10 ABC books of all-time. Also, see the honorable mentions and a listing of over 300 alphabet books for kids.

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Ferguson Library Becomes Oasis of Calm Amid Strife

Ferguson Library Becomes Oasis of Calm Amid Strife | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Ferguson library has become an oasis of calm and activities for children while school postpone during the street protests over the police shooting of Michael Brown.

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Fred Rogers Center - Play and Learn

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A collection of reviewed apps.

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App Lists

App Lists | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Librarians all over the country are using their expertise to help their colleagues navigate the world of apps. The linked resources below offer useful lists of apps curated on a theme or for a specific audience.

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Our Favorite Apps for Children Who are Visually Impaired

Our Favorite Apps for Children Who are Visually Impaired | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A collection of 16 (mostly free!) apps perfect for kids who are blind or visually impaired. Listed in categories ranging from visual stimulation to communication and fine motor needs.

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Are Starbucks And Amazon Cards About To Replace Local Library Cards?

Are Starbucks And Amazon Cards About To Replace Local Library Cards? | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it
One of the things I missed in my early days in America was the European style cafe. Not for the coffee, but the community spirit. I soon discovered a place that filled that void: the local library. It offered a sense of a community center plus a broad selection of books [...]

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Here’s how to play Haruki Murakami Bingo as you read his books

Here’s how to play Haruki Murakami Bingo as you read his books | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

For fans seeking a more interactive and adorably competitive experience with the author’s novels, an artist has created 'Haruki Murakami Bingo', a tongue-in-cheek 'game' that collects the various idiosyncrasies and recurring elements that have popped up in most of Murakami’s 13 novels and many short stories.


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L'architecture des bibliothèques évolue avec leurs services

L'architecture des bibliothèques évolue avec leurs services | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Remise du Prix Public Library of the Year 2014


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Word Wenches: Interview: Jayne Entwistle, Audiobook Narrator

Word Wenches: Interview: Jayne Entwistle, Audiobook Narrator | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

...I'm so excited today to introduce our very special guest, Jayne Entwistle, audiobook narrator and actress. The first time I heard Jayne's narrative voice was in her reading of Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I loved the book, and then had a chance to listen to the audiobook--and I was captivated by Jayne's amazing talent. Since then, I've listened to all of Jayne's recordings of the books in the wonderful Flavia de Luce series. Each time, I'm completely enchanted and thoroughly entertained...

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Digital library branch coming to Boise Airport (video)

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BOISE -- The Boise Public Library is expanding. It's a change that frequent flyers will be able to take advantage of later this month when a digital...

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Queens Library to Offer PreK Class in Fall 2015

Queens Library to Offer PreK Class in Fall 2015 | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio's push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.

 

-Lauren Barack

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10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures)

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Libraries are doing extremely well in using infographics to promote their services to communities, and reading in general.

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CanLit for LittleCanadians: Do You Know...Dinosaurs? Hyenas? Komodo Dragons? Praying Mantises?

CanLit for LittleCanadians: Do You Know...Dinosaurs? Hyenas? Komodo Dragons? Praying Mantises? | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

"Young readers of French non-fiction have been lucky to have Savait-tu...? books (from Éditions Michel Quintin) available since 2001 with at least 50 different titles available.

But since 2013, Fitzhenry & Whiteside has been publishing the series in English, called the Do You Know...? series, with the same authors and illustrator together."

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