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Feb 20, 2014
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Little Free Libraries

This morning I stuck copies of Show Your Work! in Little Free Libraries around my neighborhood.

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

Check out the #littlefreelibrary tag on Instagram.

Aug 14, 2013
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Holy shit look at Dan Chaon’s library!


  "I wanted the builders to install a secret room behind  one of the shelves, but they wouldn’t go for it," says Chaon (pronounced Shawn). "But it was always my dream to have a library. It’s one of these old Cleveland Heights homes with more space than I know what to do with."

Holy shit look at Dan Chaon’s library!

"I wanted the builders to install a secret room behind one of the shelves, but they wouldn’t go for it," says Chaon (pronounced Shawn). "But it was always my dream to have a library. It’s one of these old Cleveland Heights homes with more space than I know what to do with."

Dec 27, 2012
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A library without books

Stacks of books are history at Benilde library

…the tall stacks of 5,000 books that towered in the main room last school year are gone. Teachers brought a few into classrooms, but most were donated to schools in Africa. Now the room is filled with tables and chairs where students gather with their school laptops.

You know, they had a name for this kind of room when I was in high school: it was called study hall, and we held it in the cafeteria.

There’s a lot to be sad about in this article, like the student who admits, “I never really used the actual library before. I’m a senior in high school and never used a book.”

But even more terrifying to me: “This generation of kids … learning is a social experience for them.”

My learning in the library was very social, if you count socializing with dead people.

I’m a supreme extrovert, and yet I despised group work and never felt like I learned anything from my classmates, other than, you know, that I wanted to move the fuck away from home and get away from all of them. (Maybe I’m just a dick — I do believe that all art requires a certain amount of misanthropy…)

God, when I think of the hours I’ve spent in libraries, just following the scent of paper trails and wandering around, bumping into books… is my kid not going to experience this?

And as for social learning: the best formal education I got was 6 months of the tutorial system at Cambridge University, in which I read all week at the massive library or in my Raskolnikovian closet of a room, wrote a paper, emailed it to my tutor, walked over to his house and talked about it for an hour, then went off to pick up the books he gave me to read the next week. The only group work I did was play keyboards in a band and go get pissed at the pub. It was glorious.

Jun 15, 2012
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Reading advice from Ray Bradbury in the May 1971 Wilson Library Bulletin (via)

Reading advice from Ray Bradbury in the May 1971 Wilson Library Bulletin (via)

Apr 20, 2012
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jndevereux:

selucha:

El Biblio-Burro. Es una iniciativa de un maestro (en mayúsculas), que se llama Luis Soriano Borges, que recorre los pueblos más escondidos de Colombia para enseñar los libros a los niños. El burro se llama Beto y la burra Alfa.
The Biblio-Donkey. This is an initiative by a teacher named Luis Soriano Borges, who travels through the most distant and hidden villages of Colombia to bring books to children. The male donkey is named Beto and the female is Alfa.

The Biblio-Burro! I love all mobile libraries, and used to wish I lived in a more rural area every time I saw my hometown county library’s Bookmobile parked near the Civic Center when I was a kid.

This is incredible. More on Boing Boing.

jndevereux:

selucha:

El Biblio-Burro. Es una iniciativa de un maestro (en mayúsculas), que se llama Luis Soriano Borges, que recorre los pueblos más escondidos de Colombia para enseñar los libros a los niños. El burro se llama Beto y la burra Alfa.

The Biblio-Donkey. This is an initiative by a teacher named Luis Soriano Borges, who travels through the most distant and hidden villages of Colombia to bring books to children. The male donkey is named Beto and the female is Alfa.

The Biblio-Burro! I love all mobile libraries, and used to wish I lived in a more rural area every time I saw my hometown county library’s Bookmobile parked near the Civic Center when I was a kid.

This is incredible. More on Boing Boing.

Mar 18, 2012
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Dec 28, 2011
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Nov 27, 2011
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What Muncie Read - NYTimes.com

A historian found several ledgers and notebooks that identified every book checked out of the Muncie Public Library in Muncie, Indiana (“America’s most typical town”) from November 1891 — December 1902.

 What do these records tell us Americans were reading? Mostly fluff, it’s true. Women read romances, kids read pulp and white-collar workers read mass-market titles….Fiction was overwhelmingly preferred, accounting for 92 percent of books read in 1903….The “classics” of American Lit 101 were checked out, too, but not often….A book of Walt Whitman’s poems was donated to the library, but not circulated.

You can browse the database here.

What Muncie Read - NYTimes.com

A historian found several ledgers and notebooks that identified every book checked out of the Muncie Public Library in Muncie, Indiana (“America’s most typical town”) from November 1891 — December 1902.

What do these records tell us Americans were reading? Mostly fluff, it’s true. Women read romances, kids read pulp and white-collar workers read mass-market titles….Fiction was overwhelmingly preferred, accounting for 92 percent of books read in 1903….The “classics” of American Lit 101 were checked out, too, but not often….A book of Walt Whitman’s poems was donated to the library, but not circulated.

You can browse the database here.

Oct 14, 2011
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One of my mentors said, “Never use the card catalog. Get into the stacks and you’ll make wonderful discoveries.” I took that advice, much to the chagrin of librarians.
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