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America's First Children's Librarian Thought Goodnight Moon Was Crap

America's First Children's Librarian Thought Goodnight Moon Was Crap

The children’s section of the library, with its tiny tables, story hours, and kid-height shelves of books intended to appeal to still-developing brains are one of the things that America actually gets right. And we mostly owe these tranquil spaces dedicated to developing minds to the vision of one woman—Anne Carroll Moore, who created one of nation’s first children’s sections at the New York...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Feb 28, 2018. 21 comments

Hundreds of Iowa Residents Protest Library's Inclusion of LGBTQ Books

Hundreds of Iowa Residents Protest Library's Inclusion of LGBTQ Books

A public library in Iowa is reviewing policies on including LGBTQ literature after more than 340 residents petitioned to stop the acquisition of books that explore gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Sioux City Journal reports that at the Orange City Public Library’s Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, about 10 residents spoke on behalf of including such books, while around the same...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Oct 20, 2017. 15 comments

New York City Libraries Declare Amnesty for Children's Fines 

New York City Libraries Declare Amnesty for Children's Fines 

Libraries are one of the great civic institutions—places that are free and open to everybody and also full of books. But kids, especially from poorer backgrounds, can quickly find their cards locked due to late feeds. And so New York City libraries are declaring amnesty.

What Does the Library Have To Teach Us in 2017? Plenty

The new documentary Ex Libris - The New York Public Library works...

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Rich Juzwiak Rich Juzwiak Sep 15, 2017. 5 comments

What Does the Library Have To Teach Us in 2017? Plenty

What Does the Library Have To Teach Us in 2017? Plenty

The new documentary Ex Libris - The New York Public Library works like a Russian nesting doll of information about information about information. In the signature style of master documentarian Frederick Wiseman, this sprawling, almost three-and-a-half-hour opus delivers a series of vignettes (many recurring) shot at various library branches across New York (with a particular emphasis on the

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 21, 2017. 24 comments

Before Google, There Was the Patient, Long-Suffering Staff of the New York Public Library

Before Google, There Was the Patient, Long-Suffering Staff of the New York Public Library

Once upon a time—midcentury America, to be precise—you couldn’t turn to the Google search bar with all your most deeply personal and/or random questions. Instead, there was the New York Public Library and its very patient librarians.

As NPR explained back in December (and our compatriots at io9 reported), the NYPL’s Reference and Research Services has fielded all manner of questions for...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 21, 2017. 15 comments

Here Is a Cute Little Water-Free Car Wash For Library Books

Here Is a Cute Little Water-Free Car Wash For Library Books

Ever wondered how they clean dirty, dusty library books? It’s this whimsical practical mini car wash, apparently. At least in Boston.

Via the Huffington Post, the Boston Public Library posted this video on Twitter, showing off their DePulvera Book Cleaning machine. According to Library Journal, this piece of very specific engineering can whip through something like 12 books a minute; “It’s...

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