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Community meetings online in the San Fernando Valley, July 13-20

  A child cools off in the fountain at Universal Studios City Walk Monday, July 15, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming online meetings.   Book Club at Sun Valley Branch Library: Discusses “With Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo, 5 p.m. July 13. Send an email for the Sun Vall...
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Meet the founder of Accra’s one-woman library

Sylvia Arthur founded the Library for Africa and the African Diaspora to house her collection and share it with other readers The post Meet the founder of Accra’s one-woman library appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Books, Africa, Libraries, Literature, Literacy, Friday, Archives, Diaspora, Ghana, Accra, African Literature, Library for Africa and the African Diaspora, Loatad, Sylvia Arthur


Coronavirus: LA libraries begin curbside pickup and return service

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced a program at 18 Los Angeles Public Library branches for people to pick up and drop off materials curbside to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The 73 branches of the LAPL are currently closed to the public due to the pandemic. “Our libraries are anchors of academic achievement and lifelong learning, and by bringing curbside pickup to these beating hearts of our communities, we will reopen doors of creativity, discovery and imagination ...
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Artlist raises $48M led by KKR for its royalty-free music, video and sound effect library

Like it or loathe it, video has proven to be the most engaging of all mediums across the web, and today a company out of Israel called Artlist — which provides royalty-free libraries of music, sound effects and even video itself to enhance video content — is announcing a significant growth round of $48 million, both to continue its expansion, and to build better technology to help navigate users to the perfect clip. The funding is being led by KKR, with participation also from Elephant Partne...
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Please don't microwave your library books

The Kent District Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan is imploring its patrons to please not attempt to disinfect borrowed books by putting them in the microwave. The books contain metal RFID tags that will burn the pages and potentially cause a fire. From KIRO7: “I don’t know if it was something that they saw on the news — that they thought maybe the heat would kill COVID-19,” Kozlowicz told The Detroit Free Press. The library said it uses U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines to ...
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Hear the Voices of Americans Born in Slavery: The Library of Congress Features 23 Audio Interviews with Formerly Enslaved People (1932-75)

“During the last three decades of legal slavery in America,” writes Lucinda MacKethan at the National Humanities Center, “African American writers perfected one of the nation’s first truly indigenous genres of written literature: the North American slave narrative.” These heavily mediated memoirs were the only real firsthand accounts of slavery most Americans outside the South encountered. Their authors were urged by abolitionist publishers to adopt conventions of the sentimental novel, ...
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The Bird Library: A Library Built Especially for Our Fine Feathered Friends

"The two things I love most are novels and birds," said Jonathan Franzen in a Guardian profile not long ago. "They’re both in trouble, and I want to advocate for both of them." Chances are that even that famously internet-averse novelist-turned-birdwatcher would enjoy the online attraction called The Bird Library, "where the need to feed meets the need to read." Its live Youtube stream shows the goings-on of a tiny library built especially for our feathered friends. "Perched in a backyard in th...
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Internet Archive Ends Free Ebook Program Early in Bid to Stave Off Dangerous Lawsuit

Back in March, the Internet Archive launched its National Emergency Library, a program that made roughly 1.4 million books available to the public without the usual waitlists. But on Wednesday, the organization announced it was ending the program two weeks early after four major publishers decided to sue Internet…Read more...
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Do libraries fumigate books to disinfect them?

AskSmithsonian always has a fascinating and eclectic collection of reader questions and answers from Smithsonian Institutions experts on topics ranging from scientific phenomena to art history to pop culture. (What exactly is duck sauce? Has anyone ever run for president from prison? How does a hippopotamus swim so fast?) In the current issue, a reader asks if libraries fumigate books to disinfect them. Here's the answer: That practice was used in the late 19th and early 20th centurie...
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Take a Virtual Tour of the World’s Only Sourdough Library

There’s 15-year-old Precious from the Netherlands… And Bubble from Australia, age 4… Yeasty Beasty Methuselah, from Twin Falls, Idaho, is estimated to be around 50… Every sourdough starter is special to the ones who made or maintain it, but of the 1000s registered online with Quest for Sourdough, only 125 have earned a permanent place in the Puratos Sourdough Library in Saint-Vith, Belgium. It's the world's only library dedicated to Sourdough, and you can take a virtual tour here. Housed...
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The rise in home videoconferencing lets us browse more people's bookshelves

When I was young, the first thing I'd do when visiting someone's apartment for the first time was to browse their bookshelf and record (or tape or CD) collection. That was a great way to find connection with others and spark conversation. These days, most people's musical tastes aren't reflected in any tangible way. Same mostly holds true for books but I do think many avid readers still like having some printed matter around. These days, lots of celebrities are streaming appearances from their h...
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Virtual library tourism: visit 7 of the world's most beautiful libraries

Atlas Obscura has rounded-up seven different libraries that offer online virtual tours. There's Harvard University’s Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, the Klementinum library in Prague (which is like something out of fairy tale), the Puratos Sourdough Library (no, really), which only allows virtual visits, King’s College Library at Cambridge University (natch), the Admont Abbey Library in Austria, the Jerome Hall Law Library in Bloomington, IN, and the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redla...
Tags: Post, News, San Francisco, Architecture, Prague, Austria, Harvard University, Libraries, Cambridge University, Atlas Obscura, Bloomington, Altamura, Smiley Public Library, Virtual Tour, Puratos, Karl de Smedt


Skeleton roams the library

While libraries wait out the Covid-19 pandemic they remain eerily quiet. So quiet in fact, that at the Lied Library at the University of Nevada Las Vegas there has been a skeleton sighting! When school is in Mandy the Skeleton is on loan for students to prepare for their anatomy and physiology exams. While things are shut down Aaron Mayes, the curator for visual materials at UNLV’s Special Collections and Archives, has let Mandy have a run of the place. More images and story at Las Vegas Re...
Tags: Books, Photography, Libraries, Mandy, UNLV, Las Vegas Review Journal, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Aaron Mayes, Special Collections and Archives


Legal issues help through online classes, reference tips from LA County Law Library during coronavirus

  Los Angeles County Law Library is closed to the public during coronavirus pandemic but legal resources are still available online and by contacting reference librarians. (Google Street View)   The Los Angeles County Law Library, like all public libraries during coronavirus time, is closed to the public until further notice. However, legal issues are a worry at any time and the library has resources to help. Residents are encouraged to start solving their legal issues including, but not li...
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Home libraries boost child cognition. These are the best books for every age

Recent studies have shown that children who grow up with books at home have increased literacy, numeracy, and information communication technology skills in adulthood.Bookstores and libraries are great, but according to researchers, early exposure at the parental home matters because "books are an integral part of routines and practices that enhance lifelong cognitive competencies."While age doesn't necessarily dictate reading level, here are titles suitable for children from a few months old up...
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Your Weekend Justice #286: Meanwhile, in a Laurie Anderson Song…

When you really, really, really wanted to hear Death Cab for Cutie, you’d go to a coffee shop. Tuffley In a world that looks like Uwe Boll’s remake of Damnation Alley, we bring you the latest episode of Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 Audio Trainwreck. Agenda: This is the world we live in nowSirius XM madnessTerry Gross vs. Tom BakerScott has all the toilet paper (shh, don’t tell anyone)Lacking a freaking beakRenFests and plaguesResurrection recipe argumentA drunk...
Tags: Health, Books, Games, Music, Television, Movies, Podcasts, Drugs, Alcohol, Weekend Justice, Libraries, Switzerland, Sirius Xm, Kiss, Zazzle, Bruce Willis


The National Emergency Library Makes 1.5 Million Books Free to Read Right Now

The coronavirus has closed libraries in countries all around the world. Or rather, it's closed physical libraries: each week of struggle against the epidemic that goes by, more resources for books open to the public on the internet. Most recently, we have the Internet Archive's opening of the National Emergency Library, "a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training ...
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New York Public Library free books

To keep readers satiated throughout the coronavirus crisis that has closed all of its branches, the New York Public Library has an app that allows anyone with a NYC library card to check out books in its collection. Over 300,000 books are available via the library’s app, and it’s accessible for anyone with an iOS or Android device. The app, called SimplyE, will allow you to read books on your phone or tablet. But just because the reading is virtual doesn’t mean you won’t still have to wait i...
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Drag queens protest at state capitol to support ‘drag queen story hour’

The protest was organized “to show senators and legislators that we aren’t the monsters here."
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Stressed Pooches, Global Outbreak, and Immortality: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

With all this talk about the spread of COVID-19, I would blame you if you’re considering staying inside and away from people (more than usual, at least) until all this blows over. I know I am. Thankfully, if voluntary house arrest is in your future, the good folks at Gizmodo have plenty of amazing coverage to keep you…Read more...
Tags: Ebooks, Dog, Star Wars, Science, Climate Change, Dogs, Hiv, Joe Biden, Artificial Intelligence, Libraries, Ai, Biden, Gizmodo, Avengers, Quantum Computing, Honeywell


Americans Visited Libraries Almost Twice as Often as They Went to the Movies Last Year, a New Survey Shows

Image via Wikimedia Commons One recurring story over the past year, covered by every major news outlet, asks whether streaming services are “killing” movie theaters (or if they are killing themselves). Another looks into the trend of binge-watching, and the effect of an entertainment ecosystem built on shows that seem to stream themselves. Given the ubiquity of this kind of coverage, we might be forgiven for suspecting that the U.S. is turning into a mass of passive home viewers transfixed by s...
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Libraries Could Preserve Ebooks Forever, But Greedy Publishers Won’t Let Them

There are currently 342 potential borrowers waiting for 197 digital copies of Ronan Farrow’s investigative thriller Catch and Kill at the Los Angeles Public Library.Read more...
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The Library of Congress Wants You to Help Transcribe Walt Whitman’s Poems & Letters: Almost 4000 Unpublished Documents Are Waiting

Every once in a while, a prominent artist will offer the advice that you should quit your day job and never look back. In some fields, this may be possible, though it’s becoming increasingly difficult these days, which may explain the reception Brian Eno gets when he tells art school students “not to have a job.” Eno admits, “I rarely get asked back.” In a letter to his anxious mother, Gustave Flaubert, railed against “those bastard existences where you sell suet all day and write poetry at nig...
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Sava Peić obituary

My friend Sava Peić, who has died aged aged 81, played a big part in the development of the British Library’s Balkan collections. He also spent much of his career as a librarian promoting links between the British Library and similar institutions in south-east Europe.Sava was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia, which is now in Serbia, and arrived in London when he was in his mid-20s. He soon got a job as a cataloguer in the library of London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, w...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, World news, Libraries, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, British Library, Sava Peić, Europe Sava, Subotica Yugoslavia, London University 's School of Slavonic


The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million High-Res Images Online and Into the Public Domain

No matter how many public institutions you visit in a day—schools, libraries, museums, or the dreaded DMV—you may still feel like privatized services are closing in. And if you’re a fan of national parks and public lands, you’re keenly aware they’re at risk of being eaten up by developers and energy companies. The commons are shrinking, a tragic fact that is hardly inevitable but, as Matto Mildenberger argues at Scientific American, the result of some very narrow ideas. But we can take h...
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Porn video shot in public library upsets citizens

Residents of the Ocean Park neighborhood in Santa Monica, California are angry that adult film performer Ellie Eilish and a colleague allegedly filmed a porn movie inside the local public library. The video apparently turned up on PornHub where, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press, "library porn is not uncommon." From the SMDP: The video, which was posted three weeks ago, shows 19-year-old entertainer Ellie Eilish exposing herself while walking around Ocean Park, outside of the ...
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Library Designs every book addict will add to their bucket list!

I’m a complete bibliophile! In fact, give me a good book and I can cuddle up with it, completely forgetting about the rest of the world. Hence, it’s no surprise that a library is one of my favorite places in the world, and I’m sure others share the same sentiment. Libraries are warm and comforting spaces with the promise of unlimited knowledge, and are the entryway to another world. So, we’ve curated a collection of exquisite and intriguing libraries that will awaken the bibliophile within each ...
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The New York Public Library Creates a List of 125 Books That They Love

The New York Public Library sure knows how to celebrate a quasquicentennial. In honor of its own 125th anniversary, it's rolling out a number of treats for patrons, visitors, and those who must admire it from afar. In addition to the expected author talks and live events, Patience and Fortitude, the iconic stone lions who flank the main branch's front steps, are displaying some reading material of their own—Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic The Great ...
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A celebration of the life and work of Gabriel García Márquez

photo by Maria Mendez In 2014 the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas acquired the archive of the Nobel Prize winning Latin American literary superstar Gabriel García Márquez. In 2015 the archive was opened to researchers and quickly became one of the Ransom Center’s most accessed collections. Passport, 1955-1991 In 2017 an online archive of over 25,000 items from the collection was released into the world and now, for the first time, an exhibit of almost 300 items from the mome...
Tags: Books, Exhibits, Mexico City, Libraries, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, University of Texas, Harry Ransom Center, Museo de Arte Moderno, Special Collections, Maria Mendez, In the Stacks, Latin American Literature, Demetres Geros


Free Coloring Books from World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download & Color Hundreds of Free Images

There are many roads to wellness. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and healthy diet are all effective therapies for bringing down stress levels. But we shouldn’t discount an activity we once used to while hours away as children, and that adults by the millions have taken to in recent years. Coloring takes us out of ourselves, say experts like Doctor of Psychiatry Scott M. Bea, “it's very much like a meditative exercise.” It relaxes our brain by focusing our attention and pushing distracting and dist...
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