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Books meet robotics in the Book Hive December 23, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Exhibits, public libraries

[youtube]http://youtu.be/tUR3mEp26eE[/youtube] Welcome to the Book Hive, a large-scale interactive sculpture created by Rusty Squid to celebrate 400 years of public libraries in Bristol, UK. The Hive is a swarm of animated books within hexagonal cells that open and close. The Hive will continue to expand until it contains 400 books, one for each year. The project was funded by Arts Council England, whose regional director Phil Gibby states: We believe that everyone, particularly children and young people, should have…

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A Drone in the Library December 8, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Libraries, public libraries

[youtube]http://youtu.be/r9FMlv5a_FI[/youtube] We waited until the library closed—we didn’t want to scare the pants off our patrons—and at twilight we set forth on our mission: to document the main branch on video from angles rarely seen by our visitors. Lucy IV is a DJI Phantom quadcopter drone, and when loaded up with the camera equipment—in this case alternating between a GoPro and an iPhone—she weighs just around 2 lbs. Finally, the use of a drone for…

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An Animated Plea for the Public Library December 1, 2013 – Posted in: public libraries

[youtube]http://youtu.be/-YB-f1VEhTc[/youtube]  James Braithwaite and Josh Raskin make some powerful short videos. In 2008 their video  I Met the Walrus, documenting a 1969 John Lennon interview by a 14-year-old,  was nominated for an Academy Award and won a 2009 Emmy Award and a 2010 YouTube/ Guggenheim Award. Now they turn their attention to the plight of the Toronto Public Library, the most active public library in North America, with Our Public Library. One can substitute any library anywhere in…

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Book Hatchery: What I learned about books on my visit to a salmon hatchery September 22, 2013 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, public libraries

I recently had the pleasure to accompany my daughter and her 3rd/4th grade class on a three night camping trip to the Mt. Baker wilderness in Washington State. The goal of the trip was to teach the kids about watersheds, ecosystems, and our role and place within them and for the kids to get to know each other a little better at the outset of the school year. For me, it was 4 days of…

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Occupy-style Library Rises in Istanbul June 4, 2013 – Posted in: Libraries, public libraries

Taksim Gezi Park is the Zuccotti Park of Istanbul. It has quickly become the nerve center for the protesters. In true Occupy-fashion a library has come together in less than a week to serve the faithful. Fingers crossed they don’t meet the same end. Images via Onedio and Hurriyet Previously on Book Patrol: The Life and Death of the Great American People’s Library Bookish signs of the OWS movement The Needs of the Occupy Wall Street…

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