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The Quick 10: The New York Public Library Turns 100!

Happy Birthday to one of the best places in the world to curl up with a good book: the New York Public Library. Here are a few fascinating facts about the library to celebrate her big centennial. 1. We have former Governor of New York Samuel J. Tilden to thank for the NYPL. When he died [...]

Mobile Book Rest

I can’t find out any information about this picture, but it’s brilliant! It’d make a marvelous READ poster, like those sold by the American Library Association. via First Things

The Late Movies: Book Cart Drill Teams

Two weeks ago, I wrote about librarians busting moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” In that post, I mentioned the 2008 Book Cart Drill Team Champions, Santa Monica’s Well-Stacked Sci-Brarians. Here’s seven more videos of librarians who go above and beyond the call of Dewey. Oak Park Public Library The Warriors at Oak Park Public Library took first [...]

An Interactive Map of Banned and Challenged Books

The last week in September is Banned Books Week. To mark the event, an interactive map has been created that shows requests for removal of books from public libraries and school libraries for the period 2007-2009. The map is created from cases reported to and documented by the American Library Association. The image above is a [...]