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Presidents and their libraries May 30, 2015 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries

“To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgement in creating their…

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Books Build Children May 28, 2015 – Posted in: public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Created earlier this year by Dentsu Tokyo for the Yokohama City Board of Education, the “Books to build children” ad campaign hopes to recruit librarians to work in elementary school libraries. Funny how we have to fight tooth and nail to keep our elementary school libraries open while other countries are actually in need of, and desire, real-life school librarians to help spread the joy of reading. Previously on Book Patrol: Latest study confirms that…

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The latest, coolest library is in a concrete building on the beach in China May 25, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Libraries, Library Architecture

The latest, coolest, looking library comes to us from the white sandy beach of Nandaihe, China. Facing the East China Sea the Seaside Library brings all the amenities of a contemporary library right to the waters edge. Constructed by Vector Architects the library features a tiered reading room that occupies the center of the two-story library while a meditation space, activity room, and bar occupy the perimeter. That sounds like the perfect trifecta, a beautiful place…

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A Library for the Birds May 19, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Libraries

Earlier this month a library for the birds opened in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The brainchild of Rebecca Flowers and Kevin Cwalina, The Belmont Public Library for the Birds opened May 2nd with a grand opening “complete with registering birds for library cards.” Their slogan is ‘Belmont Public Library for the birds: feeding the bird brains of Virginia,’” and from the looks of it it has been a busy place. No word yet on winter hours. Here’s a short clip…

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Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores  May 15, 2015 – Posted in: Content, infographics, public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Well what do you know –  another study, this this time from the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, confirms once again that schools with vibrant libraries and librarians make a difference.  A big difference. Test scores and reading levels are higher and the chance of long-term academic success is greatly improved when a school boasts a healthy library. The evidence continues to mount yet schools all over this land are still struggling to even have a library.  It wasn’t…

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