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Black Comic Book Day at Detroit library draws a different perspective The Detroit News Ann Arbor comic book artist and writer Kamron Reynolds, 31, brought several of his works for all age levels to the library to sell.
Great way to expand comic lovers to a diversity of voices and give, mostly self-published artists access to a wider audience, while the Detroit Library supports literacy.
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Library Journal Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library, CO Library Journal “Lots of libraries are there for the community, but here in Bayfield, the community built the library,” says Amy Dodson, director of the Pine River Library...
Expanded technology, tool lending library, flexible space both inside and out are highlighted in profile of community library.
Three light therapy lamps have been installed at the downtown library, the result of a $1,000 grant awarded to an Edmonton newcomer who wanted to make the city more awesome.
Wow. Light therapy lamps in a public library is awesome.
Katie Humphrey Minneapolis Star Tribune:
[...] libraries have quietly become community tech hubs where the digital tools go far beyond computer terminals with free Internet. Across the metro area, their offerings are expanding as libraries help patrons tinker with 3-D printers, e-readers and social media. A growing catalog of e-books and e-magazines, combined with other online tools, extend resources far beyond the library walls.
Librarians, once masters of the card catalog, have learned to mine information online, offering help with everything from basic computer skills to Facebook and LinkedIn. When it comes to e-readers, in particular, librarians have become the go-to people for answers.
“We’re still teaching literacy. Now it’s digital literacy,” said Kim Johnson, manager of Anoka County, Minn.’s Rum River Library."
We talked with Rachel about the fabulous Baby Grand Jazz music performance series at the library, continuing this library's long tradition of making art available to their community. Enjoy. ~ Laura. Photo courtesy of Hartford ...
Music and libraries. Not a sweeter sounding partnership except maybe food and libraries.
"The Future of Libraries" was the topic in yesterday’s free webcast by American Libraries Live on which I had the honor of speaking. Other panelists included Marshall Breeding and BohYun Kim (Flori...
Includes an embedded copy of the session
It has come to this. The Seahawks have woven themselves so tightly into the fabric of the City of Seattle with this season’s championship-caliber run
What a great way to get connected with your community and allow your community to use your space by televising or sponsoring local sporting events. One of the fondest moments I have is watch a group of strangers get together watching the last World Cup in our library. With the Winter Olympics coming I hope other libraries will make similar opportunities for their communities.
Spotted in American Libraries Direct
Love to see a community this enthusiastic about the reopening of their library. The scene was the reopening of the Gaithersburg Library part of the Montgomery County Public Library System (MD). They had lots of activities including Phyllis Reynold Naylor doing a reading (http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?lib=6&nd=60)
I love being a librarian. If you’ve attended my programs at the Bettendorf Public Library, you’ve probably heard me call it “the best job ever.”
Often times the best resource a library system has is its staff.
Future Library is a non-profit organization funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundationwhich aims to develop a sustainable network of public and municipal libraries to act as unique hubs for creativity, innovation and learning across Greece.Over the last two years, Future Library with the collaboration of Google, Aarchus City Library and the Mozilla Foundation have been working on the creation of Media Labs in nine public libraries to reinforce their significance as knowledge, creativity and interaction-promoting centres. Within a Media Lab, people can get immersed in a range of creative activities such as producing a video, recording a song, creating a digital story and accessing exclusive digital content in an attractive and comfortable space. Library staff, trained by Future Library, support these activities by creating new youth-oriented services and working with people and organizations across their region.
Media Labs coming to European libraries through the Future Library non-profit.
BRUNEI plans to transform the Language and Literature Bureau library in the capital into a national library, said acting head of the library’s Borrowing and Usage Unit.
[Patmah Hj Muhd Yusof, acting head of the library’s Borrowing and Usage Unit] said the absence of a library would be equivalent to “makan tanpa bersira” or eating food without seasoning.
“The significance of the library applies to students and the community as a whole regardless of their age, status and wealth,” she said.
"Museum encourages learning through play at the Naperville Public Library"
DuPage Children's Museum is on the road with portable exhibit coming to Naperville (IL) Public Library in January. “Children learn best unknowingly while playing.Play inspires curiosity and interaction, especially with an adult, and responds to satisfy and encourage curiosity.” Rashmi Mehrotra, Children Services supervisor at the Naperville Public Library is quoted in the article.
"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."
Great talk about the relevance of libraries!
Today's doodle is in honor of Take Your Child To The Library Day (TODAY!): http://t.co/tW3z1ghS4e
Wish this was an international holiday
Thanks to the person who sent this which links in with this post and the accompanying thread from last year. Dublin City Council has launched a new website at www.parnellsquare.ie to promote the Ci...
Dublin (Ireland) City Council launches new website to get feedback and report on progress of the new City Library and Parnell Square North revitalization project.
Last October, upcycling came to the Aarhus Main Library with its Wastelab, or Skrotlab!via @myleejoseph
Operating on the premise that life is an ongoing education, this collection of kindergartens, universities, workplaces, libraries and even installations show us that "work" spaces (where we spend much of our time) need not be drab, but inspire...
Review of book which highlights flexible communal learning spaces, including libraries, many of which have been individually featured in this Scoop.It. I know its on my 2014 reading list
This children's library with rammed earth walls in Africa was built by BC Architects and the local community, according to an open-source design template.
New children's library in Burundi uses local building materials and stays true to traditional internal architecture with large opened public spaces while using an open-source design. "Life happens mostly in this hallway porch: encounters, resting, conversation, waiting," explained the architects. "It is a truly social space, constitutive for community relations."
Only in America and only on iPhone, pity.
This is a great example of "Getting out of the Library" in this case going to the Consumer Electronic Show. Brian Pichman, who is running the Evolve Project, is attending CES to promote libraries to the technology innovators there. Brian, like Jason Griffey (who will be tweeting from CES with the hashtag #AmLibsCES) and those other librarians who have attending other non-library conferences like SXSW are helping encourage all of us from leaving our comfort zone and explore, then "share more."
Spotted by Stephen Abram http://stephenslighthouse.com/2014/01/06/help-with-this-survey-the-ces-2014-project-and-libraries/)
Cannot make CES? The American Library Association will be holding a American Library Live wrap-up, hosted by the above Jason Jan. 13 at 2pm EST. Register at http://americanlibrarieslive.org !
Braddock library project lends paintings to patrons Tribune-Review A program at the Braddock Carnegie Library is helping community members connect with artwork in ways they might never have imagined.
The Art Lending Collection is a collaborative partnership between the Braddock Carnegie Library (PA), the Carnegie International and the local artist collaborative Transformazium. This project lets clients borrow from more than 100 pieces of art. Dana Bishop-Root, a member of the Transformazim is quoted in the article,
“It's been super humbling to see how it's been used by the neighborhood"; and, “Art is a way of people engaging with the world. It's about the relationship between the artwork and the artist and the world and back.”
This is the another partnered project between Braddock Carnegie Library and Transformazim, as they also run the Neighborhood Print Shop, "where locals learn to make prints for creative or entrepreneurial purposes, as well as an artist-in-residence program."
What a cool idea...getting art out into the community.
Two rural pubs in Cornwall have teamed up with Cornwall Councils library services in a unique scheme to provide community libraries for local residents.
Upddate January 11th:
The success of the "Pub is the Hub" program has shown local authorities that mobile libraries are not necessary and have been recommended as a cost savings to be cancelled. (http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/cornwall_news/10928629.All_mobile_libraries_and_mobile_one_stop_shops_in_Cornwall_face_the_axe/?ref=rss&). Which is a very big disappointment.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Best quote from the article:
"Cornwall Council cabinet member Adam Paynter says: “This is a fantastic idea. Any initiative that encourages people to get involved with books and reading is great and this is an innovative way of combining two great community assets – the library and the pub.”
via @LGALicensing & @PubandBarMag
For today’s Favorite Things post, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite libraries that showed up in rather unexpected places. From book bikes to pop-up literary scenes in vacant lots, libraries were cropping up in a variety of interesting venues this year.
Libraries collect music, libraries host music, librarians moonlight as musicians and offer patrons spaces to create their own mixes . . . Which is to say, the “silent library” trope is so outdated. Here are some of our favorite musical libraries!
This is cool. Go innovative librarians!
Lets recognise something that we have in Canada that we don’t want to lose. That we can grow and protect if we choose. Libraries are modern community hubs, interactive educational haunts where people meet across communities, interests, generations. As things in our world seem to become wired, complex and isolated, we need public places of learning, access and invitation more than ever. Canada really is a country of libraries…”Jian Ghomeshi, 3 Cheers for Libraries, Dec 20th Q Opening Essay.
Survey of the City Library in Surrey, BC and the Toronto Reference Library Re:vitalize project.