One Book, One New York Returns for the Summer

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Libraries in London Evaluate Impact After Collapse of Carillion

Croydon council has reacted to the service provider’s liquidation by taking the service in-house again, while Ealing and Harrow are laying contingency plansThe fallout from the collapse of Carillion has hit the UK’s already beleaguered library sector, with several London authorities making moves to part ways with the bankrupt outsourcing firm – including Croydon council,…

via London libraries assess impact of Carillion collapse — Books | The Guardian

Library Zine! Second Issue Now Available

The New York Public Library’s Library Zine! has just released their second issue. Due to high support and enthusiasm over the first issue, the editors of the magazine were able to publish another issue! Continue reading “Library Zine! Second Issue Now Available”

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Is Finally Coming to the US

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The successful exhibition, Harry Potter: The History of Magic that wowed people at the British Library in London, will be making its debut in the US. Continue reading ““Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Is Finally Coming to the US”

Everyone Needs a Book

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Libraries are a vital part of any community. So it is always disheartening to hear when in some communities, libraries are closing left to right. A crisis, unfortunately, that is currently happening in the UK.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Best Banned/Challenged Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Instead of doing this theme, I thought, to commemorate the celebration of Banned Books Week, I’ll list the top ten best banned/challenged books that everyone should read. Reading is such an amazing privilege. Let us not tarnish it by censoring our freedom to read:

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reason why it was banned/challenged: In 2010, Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor at Missouri State University, refer to book as “soft porn” and should be removed from the school curriculum.

 

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Celebrating Banned Books Week

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Congratulations! We have just arrived into Banned Books Week, an ALA (American Libraries Associations) that celebrates not only what we do best, read, but also the freedom to seek out and absorb knowledge, no matter how controversial and unorthodox it would appear. Since this event began in 1982, over  11,300 books have been challenged.  You have to be amazed at the attempts that were made to remove books that represented or related to any form of contemporary life. Continue reading “Celebrating Banned Books Week”

Library Zine! Releases First Issue

person-2049788_1920The New York Public Library releases the first issue of its literary magazine, Library Zine: Voices from Across the New York Public Library. This great magazine features writing and art works from patrons and staff across the library.

Check out the whole issue here!

A Subway With Its Own Library

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Ever left your house without your book and was facing a long commute to work? Now New Yorkers don’t have to face that dreaded outcome.

The New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) created a great reading project titled “Subway Library”, free ebooks for your ever daunting commute. These are free downloadable books excerpts or full text that can be accessed through the libraries’ e-reader app, the SimplyE.

This is how it works:

  • When you enter any subway station, connect to the Transit Wireless WiFi
  • Once logged on, you’ll see a prompt to go and visit SubwayLibrary.com
  • And start browsing!

They have various categories ranging from “New York Stories” to “International Tales”. It also organized books for those rare quick commutes or long reads for that ever daily occurring long/delayed commutes.

And don’t forget to lookout for the “library” train! This train has 10 subway cars covered to look like you are traveling in a mobile library. The train alternates between the E and F lines and is decorated with the words “SUBWAY LIBRARY”.

It is always a book lover’s dream to have a library travel around with them. This project may have made their dreams come true.

For more details and book recommendations, please visit the library’s website.

 

 

 

We Book Lovers Will Be Losers If the NEA and NEH Goes

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As book lovers we pride ourselves in all the organizations and events that help support our favorite pastime. However, there are people who still don’t think that these proposed budget cuts will not affect them. These organizations support amazing programs and provide great resources that most people don’t have the opportunity to experience. Still not convinced? Courtesy of BookRiot, take a look at all the great book-related programs we  risk losing if organizations like the NEA and the NEH disappear.

 

National Book Festival – An public annual literary event, sponsored by the NEA and IMLS (Institute of Museums and Library Services), that brings book-lovers and authors together for different activities ranging from author talks to book signings.

 

NEA Big Read – A national program that provides grants that fund community-based organizations which encourages reading and participation in diverse populations. Books like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez are examples of great works that were chosen for the program.

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