Public Libraries

Do We still Need Libraries?

Do We Still Need Libraries? is a series of opinion pieces from the New York times. See:
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/12/27/do-we-still-need-libraries?hp

The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries

In the first of two parts about the new realities of publishing and public libraries, Forbes contributor David Vinjamuri discusses whether the right battle is being fought:

"The solution to the current pricing problem lies in understanding that the argument publishers and libraries are having is the wrong argument. It is based on the paradigm of the printed book and as such presents a series of intractable challenges for both publishers and libraries. By changing the model for pricing an eBook, both parties could find a clear and equitable resolution to the current impasse."

Actor Alec Baldwin Donates to Hometown Library

WPRI reports: One year after donating $10,000 to Central Falls' Adams Memorial Library in Rhode Island, Alec Baldwin sent another $5,000 check to the library in response to its year-end fundraising appeal.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude,” said library board president Bruce Kaplan. “A year ago, Alec’s donation helped us keep the doors open. This year he's helping us expand hours of operation and community programming.”

Funding for the Adams Memorial Library was cut in the wake of Central Falls' bankruptcy. It was forced to close its doors for several months in 2011, until a group of volunteers raised enough money to reopen the library.

It Came From Akron

Apparently over 40 phone calls or so to your local public library that are harassing in nature may lead to charges being filed against you, according to WOIO news in Cleveland. Further details are available from The Akron Beacon-Journal.

UK lost more than 200 libraries in 2012

The fight to keep libraries open has dominated the headlines but the UK has quietly lost more than 200 branches over the past year, according to a detailed national survey.

The rate of library closures has increased, reveals the annual report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy: 146 branches closed between 2010 and 2011, with the number stepping up to 201 this year. The UK now has 4,265 libraries, compared with 4,612 two years ago, and the number of closures is likely to grow. Campaigners in Newcastle are currently fighting plans to close 10 out of the city's 18 libraries, with Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall calling on the council to protect the city's heritage last month.

You're Not Really Going To Get Bedbugs From Your Library Books

The Bedbug Bunk: How the New York Times Used Fear and Misinformation to Spread Public Library Hysteria

But Reluctant Habits has talked with many of Saint Louis’s sources and has learned that the Times article is misleading. Bedbugs are not the major threat that Saint Louis suggests they are. In fact, some of the library directors who Saint Louis spoke with have never had a bedbug epidemic at all. They were merely taking preventive measures in the wake of recent media stories.

“The odds of you picking up a bedbug from a book in a library are so low that it’s not even worth talking about,” said Potter.

A Dark and Itchy Night

Sigh.

READING in bed, once considered a relatively safe pastime, is now seen by some as a riskier proposition according to this article in the New York Times.

Mark Lillis of Schendel Pest Services examines quarantined crates filled with library books in Wichita, Kansas.

That’s because bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds: library books. It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts.

3rd annual KenKen logic puzzle tournament at the Chappaqua Public Library, New York

If you love solving KenKen logic puzzles (in the New York Times and elsewhere), the Chappaqua Public Library in Chappaqua, New York, will be hosting the 3rd annual KenKen logic puzzle tournament this weekend. Participation is free. To register for the tournament see http://www.kenken.com/contest An article about this puzzle tournament appeared on the PCWorld magazine web site in Feb, 2012. http://www.pcworld.com/article/249603/kenken_logic_puzzle_competition_at_the_public_library....

People travel from New Jersey and Connecticut to attend this competition -- as well as from surrounding towns in New York.

New York City Public Library

There is an interesting article by ADA LOUISE HUXTABLE, an architect in today's (Dec. 3, 2012) Wall Street Journal about changes to the New York City Library. "There is no more important landmark building in New York than the New York Public Library, known to New Yorkers simply as the 42nd Street Library, one of the world's greatest research institutions. Completed in 1911 by Carrère and Hastings in a lavish classical Beaux Arts style, it is an architectural masterpiece. Yet it is about to undertake its own destruction. The library is on a fast track to demolish the seven floors of stacks just below the magnificent, two-block-long Rose Reading Room for a $300 million restructuring referred to as the Central Library Plan."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323751104578151653883688578.html

The only place where creativity, business, art, education, youth, and experience come together

For the Non-Artist: A Case for Taxpayer Support of the Arts

Finally, the arts are not, and should never be, limited to artists and 'arts lovers.' Creativity exists in everything that people do. It takes huge amounts of imagination and critical thinking to run a business (I grew up in a family business), or to create and manage a manufacturing process, or design a new widget, or promote different living environments. Art and creative thought is sought and appreciated by people who must turn thinking into action, and action into profit. The creative thinker - Steve Jobs, for example, and a thousand others like him - is the one who succeeds where others don't, who expand when others stay static, and who drive change toward the new, and the untried, and the next best thing - or the next best place. And the key -- perhaps the only -- place where creativity, business, art, education, youth, and experience come together is the public library. It is my absolute conviction that the Central Library should be rapidly developed in this regard. Its funding is critical to the cross-sector interactions that will continue to drive Buffalo's reimagining.

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