Category Archives: Public Libraries

Mayor Prickberg Versus NYPL Again

And once again Billionaire Bloomberg has it in for the New York Public Library system.

Every time he’s tried this he’s been slapped down by an outraged public.

Here is where to express that outrage: Take Action NYPL

Fill in the form and a letter is generated and sent to the appropriate City Council member.

I’ve done mine.

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NYPL Celebration Creates Protest

A History of the Library as Seen Through Notable Researchers

See the Comments for the unexpected objections!

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The Slaves Of Detroit


St Christopher House, ex-Public Library

Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Can’t Read

According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means.

“Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said.

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Kindle Library Lending: ePub Is Dead

Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books

Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive – What it means for libraries and schools

July 1, 2010: The Abominable Kindle Wins?

If Amazon gets public libraries on board, it would be the death of ePub.

Well, if there was any doubt Amazon has totally vanquished everyone else, there’s no doubt now.

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Public Library Week


Chicago public library week–March 30 – April 5 The public library–an American institution

Well, it once was. And in Chicago.

Shouldn’t we have one for the entire nation?

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When Nooks Were Places


Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town … to count the many children reading library books

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Stunning Photochrom Prints From Library Of Congress

The Library of Congress just spent our taxes in a way that we get maximum value from a government agency. I don’t think we’ve gotten this much bang for the buck since the old Space Age and NASA days. This is Big Big WIN!

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HarperCollins, Owned By That Cancer Murdoch, Gets Greedier

HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations

HarperCollins Seeks to Limit Digital Lending, Access Patron Data, Generally Piss Off Readers

HarperCollins Announces 26 Loan Limit on E-book Circulation for Libraries

All I’ve got to add is this: Self-published writers would be happy to do once-only sales to public libraries. That’s who helped us when we were nobodies and we’d help them back. We understand the value of public libraries in a way that HarperCollins apparently can’t begin to comprehend.

Print publishing is suicidal as it is in ignoring the future. They’re simply speeding up their own deaths with a move like this.

Die faster.

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Quote Of The Day: Save Your Public Library Edition

Guest Blog -Librarian and Fabulous All Around Woman – Robin “@Tuphlos” Bradford

The point is — libraries let people in on the secret of all the great books that will never see the light of day on a bestseller list.

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LibraryBIN: Buy An Overpriced eBook To Help A Public Library

I never heard of this service until it showed up in an email I got from the New York Public Library:


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Well, this excited me! A way to support the NYPL and buy eBooks. What’s not Win about that?

You’ll quickly see.

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