A survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library's resources to create articles about local history.
"The Schneider Award Jury celebrated the Award’s 10th Anniversary at a festive luncheon during the recent American Library Association’s Annual Conference. ... Not surprising, there was lots of talk about books, including favorites of those in attendance. When asked about favorite Schneider winners, everyone had one! Replies spanned books selected over all ten years of the Award, all three age groups, and several genres! Here are their Top Ten."
Benetech has been working to bring the proven Bookshare model to people in need all around the world since 2008. Bookshare, a Benetech Global Literacy initiative, currently serves members with qualifying print disabilities in nearly 50 countries and has been granted permission from publishers to provide over 165,000 titles (out of its current total collection of over 280,000 accessible titles) in most of these countries. In Canada, Bookshare now offers more than 180,000 accessible ebooks.
The National Literacy Trust (NLT) has released fresh research showing children's enjoyment of reading has grown over the past eight years, at the same time as literary "BookBenches" appear all over London.
Tall tales have all the earmarks for great read alouds: outlandish illustrations, hard-to-believe deeds, and larger-than-life heroes. These stories, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, beg to be read again and again.
Want to 3D print a personalized wedding caketopper featuring you and your betrothed? Or some really unique jewelry? No problem. Here's where you can find publicly accessible 3D printers across the country.
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.
Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.
For book lovers, bookmobiles are oddly romantic. They seem like dream-machines, very real automobiles rolling through our lives in an almost impossible fashion. The first American bookmobile was actually a wagon. Mary Titcomb, a Maryland librarian, recgonized that having books … Continued
Walk into your local library today, and you'll probably find a bustling community space as likely to have a digital gaming station as it is to house ceiling-high stacks of books. "We want to get away from the old stereotypes of shushing in the library. We want it to be a vibrant and interactive place," Kathryn Goodhue, CEO of the Brantford Public Library said. "It's exciting time in libraries."
In an effort to address the lack of broadband access among low-income residents, the Chicago Public Library (CPL), and New York Public Library (NYPL) on June 23 announced new programs that will allow patrons to check out and take home wifi hotspots. NYPL’s “Check Out the Internet,” and CPL’s “Internet to Go” programs are made possible, in part, by grants awarded this week by the Knight News Challenge, a competition developed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, to fund and promote projects committed to making the Internet an open, equitable platform.
Adult Books 4 Teens reviewer Diane Colson digs into Heather Brittain Bergstrom's debut novel Steal the North, rich in imagery from eastern Washington, Indian reservations, and Baptist fundamentalism. It's a love story, not only for characters Reuben and Emmy, but for anyone who finds themselves missing the place they once ran away from.
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