National Library Week – My Library Request Addiction

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~ * ~  In honor of National Library Week, we at LitStack are running some of our favorite essays regarding our love of libraries.  Today, in an essay from 2014, our Gimbling in the Wabe columnist shares her thoughts on being a Library Request Addict. ~ * ~ * * Hi, My Name is Sharon [….]

National Library Week: How a Library Saved My Life

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April 10 – 16 is National Library Week, and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform“, reminding all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Have you been to your local library lately?  They really have become amazing places.  If you’ve been to one [….]

Sign of the Times: Texas Library Has Zero Books

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This is incredible. Check out this post from GalleyCat. Guess we really are living in the digital age: Bexar County, Texas has opened a new library that has no books inside. Instead the library is outfitted with iPad stations and iMacs loaded with digital books available to check out, making it the first digital library [….]

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

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Number 6,565,654,846 why we love this man. From The Guardian. A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens via Neil Gaiman: It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration [….]

Anonymous Librarian Confessions

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We love this post from The Daily Mail. A group of anonymous librarians are letting it all hang out. We’ll admit to a few of these confessions as well. Librarians have a fearsome reputation for shushing noisy patrons and enforcing rules. They are also thought to have more sophisticated reading tastes than the average library [….]

Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ Gets Remade By Librarians (VIDEO)

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From The Huffington Post: While a number of things may come to mind when reflecting upon director Spike Jonze’s 1994 classic music video for the Beastie Boys’ hit song “Sabotage,” librarians and books never really made that list. Until now. You may want to turn your books in on time, as the fine looks pretty [….]

The Ugly Myth of “Too Much Reading”

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When I read Gawker’s post on Marie Gandron, director of the Hudson Falls Public Library, admitting to telling nine year old Tyler Weaver that he “reads too much” I thought, perhaps, I’d missed something. Surely someone who has cultivated a career based on the love of the written word, wouldn’t tell an impressionable child that [….]