Toy Libraries: A Place to Play

Lois Eannel gets teary-eyed when she remembers that afternoon. She saw a mom bring her son into the early childhood section of the Palm Harbor (Fla.) Library and lay him down on the brightly colored rug. He must have been about 8 years  old, she thought, but a physical disability left him unable to sit up.

Eannel, then director of the children’s library, tapped the mom on the shoulder and told her she had something for her son. A short while later she brought out a Side-Lyer toy—a device made for children with special needs, with beads and lights that make sounds and vibrate when lightly touched.

Libraries oppose bill to limit levy hikes

PHOENIX – To Cindy Kolaczynski, libraries are much more than just places to check out books.

“We are the community front porch for all those who reside in Maricopa County to access information and attain programming and educational enhancement,” said Kolaczynski, director of the Maricopa County Library District.

Why Seattle Public Library Surrendered Its Gun Ban

When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained. 

Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident.

Thousands of books, manuscripts torched in fire at historic Lebanese library

Two-thirds of a historic collection of 80,000 books have gone up in smoke after a library was torched in the Lebanese city of Tripoli amid sectarian tensions. The blaze was started after a pamphlet insulting Islam was reportedly found inside a book.

Firefighters struggled to subdue the flames as the decades-old Al-Saeh library went up in smoke on Friday in the Serail neighborhood of Tripoli. Despite firefighters’ best efforts, little of the trove of historic books and manuscripts was recovered from the wreckage.

MA libraries are participating in an e-book pilot program

Several local libraries are part of a new state pilot program designed to explore different platforms and models for electronic book lending in response to growing demand for the service.

Fifty-one libraries statewide are participating in the six-month pilot project.

"This is a direct response to our member libraries throughout Massachusetts who have made it clear that eContent is a statewide imperative," Gregory Pronevitz, executive director of the Mass. Library System said in a press release. "This project is our first step aimed at fixing that problem for our entire state and the wide range of libraries we serve."

The Story of Maria's Libraries

They call themselves the Library Ninjas, and they come to the Busia Community Library to watch movies, eat bananas, and drink clean water. The library opens at nine in the morning, and on Thursdays each week a crowd of kids is already waiting. These kids live on the streets and make their money begging and running small errands at the border between Kenya and Uganda, which runs through Busia Town. The movies don't start until 11, but the kids show up early each week, even before the librarians.

Students transform food trucks into mobile libraries

For many of us, food trucks conjure up images of mouth-watering tacos, burgers and fries. But three enterprising Arizona State University students see food trucks and envision e-readers, computers and books, instead.

Enter BiblioTrucka, a cost-effective new-age mobile library conceived by the student trio to serve primarily low-income schools and communities lacking basic library resources. The ASU team hatched the idea of converting retired food trucks into libraries on wheels as part of their Changemaking in Education course co-taught by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Teach For America.

One Book, Many Zombies

Zombies now populate videogames, commercials (for everything from cars to Skittles), even spinoffs of classic books like Pride and Prejudice. This fall, the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) library in Palos Hills, Illinois, moved this zombie craze into new territory, using it as an academic metaphor to connect disciplines and foster conversation and student engagement.

Library staff created a simulated zombie pandemic that linked the curriculum to the library’s cultural programming and student activities. Nearly 500 students, staff, and faculty participated, utilizing our program in more than 60 course sections that relied on an infrastructure built by MVCC’s information technology department. This campuswide learning event uniquely positioned our library to organize and execute undead events.