Tag Archives: Public Libraries

In Praise of Public Libraries | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public Library, 2017
Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public Library, 2017

 

A public library is predicated on an ethos of sharing and egalitarianism. It is nonjudgmental. It stands in stark opposition to the materialism and individualism that otherwise define our culture. It is defiantly, proudly, communal. The sociologist Eric Klinenberg reminds us that libraries were once called palaces for the people. Klinenberg is interested in the ways that common spaces can repair our fractious and polarized civic life. And though he argues in his new book that playgrounds, sporting clubs, diners, parks, farmer’s markets, and churches—anything, really, that puts people in close contact with one another—have the capacity to strengthen what Tocqueville called the cross-cutting ties that bind us to those who in many ways are different from us, he suggests that libraries may be the most effective.

Source: In Praise of Public Libraries | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

How American Cities Got Their Libraries – CityLab

A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

Source: How American Cities Got Their Libraries – CityLab

13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together | Read It Forward

Tiffany King, author of Eat at Home Tonight, argues why libraries are relevant, why they matter, and how these unsung heroes hold communities together.

Source: 13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together | Read It Forward

A Day in the Life: Reference Librarian at a Public Library

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An hour-by-hour account of an average day in the life of a reference librarian serving adults at a busy public library.

Editor’s Note: I used to be a reference librarian at a major urban public library, and this is a pretty decent overview of a typical day, although most were not typical.

Source: A Day in the Life: Reference Librarian at a Public Library

Why public libraries are still essential in 2018 – Vox

Libraries exist for the public. Amazon exists to maximize profits.

Source: Why public libraries are still essential in 2018 – Vox

National Library Week: Andrew Carnegie built 1,700 public libraries. But some towns refused his money. – The Washington Post

After a deadly strike at a Carnegie steel plant, some working-class communities refused to erect buildings bearing his name. He transformed the country’s cultural landscape anyway.

Source: National Library Week: Andrew Carnegie built 1,700 public libraries. But some towns refused his money. – The Washington Post

How public libraries help build healthy communities | Brookings Institution

Marcela Cabello and Stuart Butler examine the important role libraries play in communities.

 

“They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Increasingly in the United States, you also can’t judge a library’s value to its community by simply its books. Let us explain.”

Source: How public libraries help build healthy communities | Brookings Institution

How Libraries Became Public II | Library Babel Fish

Women had a lot to do with it, just as masculinity has a lot to do with our current tech environment.

Source: How Libraries Became Public II | Library Babel Fish

6 Ways to Support Public Libraries | Teen Vogue

Check out these six ways.

Source: 6 Ways to Support Public Libraries | Teen Vogue

New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections | Books | The Guardian

Excellent effort, no reason libraries cannot be publishers.. even local smaller libraries can do it, self-publish, etc.

Seeing the Lions at NYPL (Patience and Fortitude –not sure which is in the photo below) never fails to uplift my heart and soul, and if you’d like to know more about them, check out here:
The Library Lions


From colouring and picture books for children to work by adult authors including Maira Kalman, new project will celebrate the library’s role in the life of the city

Source: New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections | Books | The Guardian