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.
CPL Rings The Bell!
Last fall our Maker Lab earned us a Social Innovator Award and yesterday the good folks at NASDAQ welcomed us to ring the closing bell as one of those Chicago Innovation Award winners! Thanks to our Chicago Public Library Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services for supporting our work at the Maker Lab!
Kudos to the CPL. Public libraries are stocks worth investing in!
CPL Increases Broadband Access Through Its Innovative “Hotspot at Home” Program
Lack of internet access remains a significant barrier for people of all ages in Chicago. Help us solve this problem with our “Hotspot at Home” lending program — patrons can rent an internet hotspot for three weeks to use the internet at home.
Read more about this project in the link below and help make it happen by clicking “Applause!”
Brilliant idea! Kudos to CPL.
Some great keychains made during the Maker workshop with mentors Niq and Matt. The teen workshops are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:30 - check in at YOUmedia for more details.
These is such a cool project. If I were a teen I would want to make a keychain. It would probably have a terrible e.e. cummings or T.S. Eliot quote on it. Yeaaaaah.
CPL Photo Of The Day
“Jason and Molly both love books and libraries. So Jason decided the library was the perfect place to pop the question… after he wrote a story about how they met, had it illustrated and bound into a book, and then placed on the shelves in the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. He and Molly “found” the book on Saturday and we are happy to report she said YES! Congratulations to you both – we wish you a long, happy, and book-filled life together!” | Chicago Public Library Facebook page
I WAS WAITING FOR ONE OF YOU LIBRARIANS TO POST THIS (I knew it would pop up on my dash eventually!)
I’ve known these two basically my whole life— molly is one of my childhood bestie’s sisters, and jason and I went to college together. They met at MY 25th BIRTHDAY PARTY! (I get mitzvah points for that shidduch, for all my jewish friends out there).
Anyway, they are awesome and delightful and basically famous now :)
Good job Sarah Beth.
Library Scented Candle
A cozy blend of wood and earthy tones make it easy to imagine yourself curled up with a book or peering through shelves of wonderment in the Oxford Library! This is a completely original scent- I’ve mixed a variety of natural fragrance oils to create it. I have been making candles for years for myself, and decided to list them on etsy.
Oxford Library is made up of several fragrances: Oakmoss & Amber, Sandalwood and hints of tobacco and leather. This is perhaps a “fresher scent,” whereas my other library scent: Dumbledore’s Office, has a woodier aroma. A customer described Oxford Library as smelling like a “Freshly showered Sherlock Holmes.”
Would you buy a CPL Scented Candle?
BiblioTech - San Antonio’s Completely Bookless Public Library
The new book-free library, called “BiblioTech,” is intended to open in the fall and is part of a an entire bookless public library system planned for the entire county of Bexar.
And it’s not “bring your own device” either. The library will actually lend out e-readers (of an unspecified brand) for two weeks at a time. There will also be computers and the like, but no books, and presumably no card catalog either.
Click here to read the full story.
Closet Transformed Into A Book Nook
Excuse me while I fan myself.