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Ah sweet! An eco-friendly bookmobile.
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
A lot of people find solace in books. This mini documentary profiles two individuals who take refuge in the public library, from the brutal elements of the streets.
Thanks to filmmaker Quincy Walters for his submission.
A library doesn’t need windows. A library is a window.
— Stewart Brand (via 336bc)
Baby got stacks!
Saw a photo like this of a bookstore and we had to make our own.
American servicemen relaxing in a quonset hut being used as a library on an island base during WWII, 1944.
Great moments in library history!
To highlight the relevance of libraries in the 21st century, Marble Fairbanks created a dynamic skylight that shouts it from the rooftop.
A man suspected of scamming Marin librarians is getting the book thrown at him. Daniel Han Shi, 26, of San Francisco is suspected of passing or trying to pass counterfeit $20 bills at the Fairfax library and several other branches.
Note to self: do not pay library fine with counterfeit money.
Growing up moving from farm to farm, Storm Reyes had to pack lightly. That meant no books. She felt hopeless about the future, until one day, a bookmobile appeared in the fields and changed her life.
From the fields to the library, how a bookmobile and books changed one young woman’s life.
The experience, she says, was life-changing.
"That taught me that hope was not just a word. And it gave me the courage to leave the camps. That’s where the books made the difference."
Storm left the camps when she was a teenager and attended night school. She ended up working in the Pierce County Library System for more than 30 years.
In “A Genius Idea?,” Michael Stephens’s recent Office Hours column (LJ 3/15/14), Stephens refers to a post on the Librarian Shaming Tumblr that called for libraries to have their own “Genius Bars,” reminiscent of the Apple Store’s famous retail innovation. As Stephens points out, many libraries are already adopting—and adapting—this concept.
Is your library raising a genius bar?
SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.
Announcing a new ebook discovery service that will connect self-published authors, libraries, and readers. A very cool idea, and I love the punny name!
A Q&A with Lynne Bradley, the director of government relations with the American Library Association’s Washington office.
Net neutrality is really important for libraries because we are, first of all, in the information business. Our business now is not just increasingly, but dramatically, online, using digital information and providing services in this digital environment. That means that we need to have solid and ubiquitous Internet services.
A new installation by the British artist Yinka Shonibare celebrates the cultural contributions of immigrants through a medium we can never get enough of: brightly-colored books. Installed in the library of the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery near England’s southern coast, Shonibare’s show, titled “The British Library”, comprises 10,000 hardcover books which have been covered in colorful African Dutch batik fabric. Imprinted in gold foil on each book’s spine is the name of an important British cultural figure who is an immigrant, or a descendant of immigrants: Henry James, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zaha Hadid, Maya Arulpragasam, and many more.;
I love this Anglo-Nigerian artist, whose work I first discovered a few years ago at an exhibit in Sydney, Australia. His art—sculptures, painting, videos—explores themes of colonialism and globalization. He often uses the batik fabric that the Dutch brought from Indonesia to Europe and then introduced to West Africa in the 19th century. The results are startling, challenging, thought-provoking, and beautiful. If you are curious about Shinbare, check out his website,
Did anyone drop some pineapple flavored cigars?
Perhaps the same patron who left the can of Long Island Iced Tea?