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By the loading dock of Seattle's downtown library, librarian Jared Mills checks his tire pressure, secures his iPads and locks down about 100 books to an aluminum trailer the size of a steamer trunk. The scene is reminiscent of something you'd see in an action movie, when the hero is gearing up for a big fight, but Mills is gearing up for something very different.
"If you're not prepared and don't have a lot of experience hauling a trailer, it can be kind of dangerous," Mills says, especially when you're going downhill. "The trailer can hold up to 500 pounds."
Mills is part of Seattle Public Library's Books on Bikes program, which aims to keep the library nimble and relevant by sending librarians and their bicycles to popular community events around Seattle.
After a hilly, 5-mile bike ride to a local farmers market, Mills sets up shop among the fruit and vegetable booths. The bright orange trailer is custom-made with bookshelves and an umbrella holder (it is Seattle, after all).
Malena Harrang, in her early 20s, is visiting the market with a friend. She says Mills' book station is "like [a] carbon-neutral library on wheels — doesn't get better than that."
Respect your library, and public restrooms: “Potty talk, or What They Don’t Teach Us in Library School” is a topic on which I’ve lectured several times at librarian conferences, and I was able to point to Noel Wien Library’s restrooms as models of improved design. Several years ago we brightened the restroom lighting considerably, replaced old, dark wall tiles with lighter ones, added timers to the toilets, urinals, and faucets, as well as stainless steel dividers, and new air blade hand dryers. Old-style blower dryers, for example, were used by those bathing in the sinks, and thereby flooding the whole room, to dry body parts other than their hands; that’s impossible with the blades, which are also quieter and use far less electricity.
The Wapello County Sheriff's Office is investigating the explosion of small bomb in a library book drop in the small southeast Iowa community of Blakesburg.
Librarian Rebecca Brittain says the ``homemade bomb'' was found in the Blakesburg Public Library's book drop on Wednesday morning.
Wapello County Chief Deputy Don Phillips says the explosion was caused by a chemical reaction inside a Gatorade bottle.
In this special episode we talk about a new issue in public policy that may create trickle-down issues for public libraries. This is an exception to the on-going hiatus which otherwise remains in effect. The next regular episode remains scheduled for release on Monday, September 2, 2013.
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In an effort to avoid a major calamity, police temporarily closed a library in Bend, OR yesterday.
Police report that a woman found an item that looked like a hand grenade in bushes near the Deschutes Public Library Thursday morning, put it in a garbage can and called police.
Turns out it was a bicycle lock, fashioned to look like a grenade.
An explosives expert was called and determined the object was not dangerous.
"The news that Miami-Dade Mayor was axing funding for a no-kill program at county animal shelters got worse on Monday when he announced that nearly two dozen local library branches would also be shuttered to avoid a tax increase.
The deep cuts, if passed, mean closing 22 libraries and laying off 251 library employees."
Four Brooklyn libraries will remain closed during the current heat wave due to busted air-conditioners.
The city typically urges residents to go to libraries to flee Mother Nature’s fiery wrath, but the Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Clinton Hill and Flatlands branches won’t be able to serve the steaming public.
"The library is one of the only options we have," said Brooklyn Heights resident Lori Burch, 54. "It's a problem for parents, teachers and even the seniors if there are no indoor activities for them in this weather."
The four branches are part of an expanding list of 60 libraries in the system — including the central branch — that need $300 million in fixes for rundown roofs, broken boilers and aging computers and furniture.
A post on an IREX “global libraries” blog from 2011 sums up the many of the problems with Egypt’s public libraries of recent years — a few giant, pretty institutions with decent funding — such as Biblioteca Alexandrina, the al-Ma3di library — that are largely cold and inaccessible (and in affluent areas), rather than a larger number of community libraries.
In Egypt, occasionally non-governmental organizations have stepped forward to create neighborhood libraries. Last year, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) launched an initiative to establish five public libraries in under-served neighborhoods. While they don’t look as pretty as the Biblioteca Alexandrina, they get inside neighborhoods and bring books to people.
Read more about it at: http://arablit.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/design-for-baghdads-new-mega-library/
The great green room and the purple crayon are here; so are the wild things and the poky puppy, Charlotte’s web and Alice’s wonderland, the very hungry caterpillar and the stinky cheese man. It is a reunion of creatures, characters and creations, gathered from memories of childhood and parenthood, and celebrated in “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” a remarkably rich new exhibition at the New York Public Library.