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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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Do it today

Did you know that people who read books in their free time are also more likely to attend a sports event? And readers are over two-and-a-half times more likely to volunteer in their community. Reading books is good not just … Continue reading

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Some things never change

Medieval cat’s paw prints on a manuscript, circa 1100 A.D.

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Tough call: Librarian to the President — or to BeyoncĂ©?

I’m so lucky to have my dream job already. But if I was looking for a new dream job, I’d have a tough decision to make right now: librarian to the President — or librarian to BeyoncĂ©? President: http://1.usa.gov/12CNwm3 BeyoncĂ©: … Continue reading

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