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In the Stacks: Medicine and Madison Avenue January 9, 2019 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries, Special Collections

The Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History  at Duke University  holds an extensive collection of more than 3 million items that document the history of sales, advertising and marketing throughout the past two centuries. From that massive archive comes the digital collection Medicine and Madison Avenue. A gathering of close to 600 advertising items and publications illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.…

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Zoë Kravitz for the Library October 29, 2018 – Posted in: graphic design, Libraries, posters

The American Library Association has released it latest Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for its ilovelibraries initiative. The new READ® poster and video features Zoë Kravitz and combines Kravitz’s library love with the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in which she stars.  The poster features Kravitz in her character Leta Lestrange and the video is part film trailer and part Kravitz sharing her thoughts on the magic of books.

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The Maine Event: Local pastors lose it when when they spot LGBTQ books in banned books display October 6, 2018 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, public libraries

Those of us living in the Northwest corner of the US have always had a quiet affinity with our brethren living in the Northeast corner. I think those days might be over. The unconscionable vote by Maine senator Susan Collins  to help put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court is a gamechanger. Then this story out of Rumford, Maine doesn’t help either. It appears that local pastors got all bent out of shape by the…

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Bringing Books to the Homeless Kids: One Suitcase at a Time November 28, 2016 – Posted in: Libraries, mobile libraries

Credit: Photo by Christian Hansen for The New York Times Each week for the past eight years, with a suitcase stuffed with books, librarian Colbert Nembhard leaves the Morrisania Branch Library in the Bronx for a 10 minute walk to the Crotona Inn homeless shelter. Once there he turns “the shelter’s day care room or its dimly lighted office into an intimate library” and the magic begins. Mr. Nembhard goal is to encourage children to have a…

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For the love of the library October 25, 2015 – Posted in: Libraries, Video

Jason LaMotte was very fond of his neighborhood  library in Houston, Texas.  As LaMotte tells the Guardian: I have strong recollections of my neighborhood library in Houston, Texas in the US. I can recall the layout, where certain sections of books were, the smells, and the sounds. And it still carries a magical feeling for me, this special kind of sanctuary full of knowledge, full of stories, all covered in a sense of quiet respect and…

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