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 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) is an annual survey conducted by PLA. This 2012 survey of public libraries from the United States and Canada collected fiscal year (FY) 2011 information on finances, library resources, annual use figures, and technology. Each year PLDS includes a special survey highlighting statistics on one service area or public library topic. This year these supplemental questions focused on young adult library services.
The Public Library Association's biennial conference in Indianapolis next month will feature discussions about libraries in the digital age. But the answer to where libraries need to go in the future could be in the ancient past.
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.
Fantasy author Foz Meadows recently published this article, in which she challenged the failure of Waterstones (the UK's only remaining nationwide chain of bookstores) to recognise female fantasy authors - or SF authors for that matter - in their 2012 literature on the SFF genre. No less than 113 authors are listed in the booklet but only nine of them are female, which is rather an eyebrow-raising imbalance.
So, without further ado, here is a brief list of female epic fantasy authors you should check out if you've gotten hooked on the genre via Martin or Game of Thrones.