Tag Archives: literacy

Good news for public libraries

With polling numbers like this, maybe public libraries should run for office! 🙂 “This graphic highlights results from the Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, released December 2013. More than 6,000 Americans ages 16 and older were asked about … Continue reading

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The republic of letters

Image: Weekes Branch Library, Hayward, Calif. “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” ― Andrew Carnegie

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Branching out

The local newspaper reporter called me up earlier this week, wanting to do a story on our seed lending library. Already, I’m thrilled. So we talk for a while about the project, about libraries, about card catalogs and antique dealers, … Continue reading

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Change is in the air

Image: Sign spotted at Pike Street Market, Seattle, during the American Library Association midwinter meeting, January 2013. Lately we’ve been seeing more and more common sense, passionate appeals in favor of libraries and their continued importance in society. This new, … Continue reading

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Passing the torch of knowledge to a new generation

The latest issue of Rotary International’s monthly magazine The Rotarian features a cover story on the allure of books by “negative-styled humorist” and Wall Street Journal columnist Joe Queenan. Of particular note are the accompanying photo illustrations, which I found … Continue reading

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Documenting the history of Hayward’s Gay Prom — in film

Library Journal has just published a short feature story on Hayward Public Library’s teen filmmaking project, Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom. The film is a remarkable achievement–a moving and inspiring look into the history, meaning, importance, and … Continue reading

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Education is the key

At the public library, our goal is to deliver equal opportunity in education to all. This is because we believe that education is the key to a stronger, brighter future for any community. Whether it’s through our early childhood education … Continue reading

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