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07

Aug

unconsumption:


The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, is the size of 2.5 football fields — the largest single-story library in the United States. But in its former life, its size wasn’t all that unusual. That’s because the McAllen library used to be a Walmart.

More: This abandoned Walmart has been reclaimed as a public library | Grist

unconsumption:

The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, is the size of 2.5 football fields — the largest single-story library in the United States. But in its former life, its size wasn’t all that unusual. That’s because the McAllen library used to be a Walmart.

More: This abandoned Walmart has been reclaimed as a public library | Grist

15

Jan


 Bookless reading: 1st digital public library comes to U.S. 



The proposed library is being called ‘an enhancement’ to typical libraries, and will also lend out e-readers to patrons.
The proposed library is being called ‘an enhancement’ to typical libraries, and will also lend out e-readers to patrons.

07

Dec

Are libraries the new hot spot for bed bugs?The sly parasites seem to have picked up a new mode of travel: Borrowed books.

Are libraries the new hot spot for bed bugs?
The sly parasites seem to have picked up a new mode of travel: Borrowed books.

29

May

How to transform a payphone into a libraryChange an old phone booth into a library to build community and share good reads.

How to transform a payphone into a library
Change an old phone booth into a library to build community and share good reads.

21

Feb

With tightening government budgets and growing expenses, libraries are at risk. How will we teach our kids these 5 important life lessons?

With tightening government budgets and growing expenses, libraries are at risk. How will we teach our kids these 5 important life lessons?

29

Jan

Dr. Rosemary Firman, librarian of Hereford Cathedral, uses a  conservation vacuum as she finishes cleaning one of the historic  manuscripts in the cathedral’s peculiar Chained Library during the  annual spring clean on Jan. 24 in Hereford, England. The famous library contains 1,500 books, including 227  medieval manuscripts. Given the delicate state of the literary works,  specialists and trained volunteers must spend a week out of the year  cleaning the entire collection.
 
Chaining books for security was widespread in libraries from the  Middle Ages to the 18th century, and Hereford Cathedral’s 17-century  Chained Library is the largest to survive with all its chains, rods and  locks intact. MNN’s photos of the week
Dr. Rosemary Firman, librarian of Hereford Cathedral, uses a conservation vacuum as she finishes cleaning one of the historic manuscripts in the cathedral’s peculiar Chained Library during the annual spring clean on Jan. 24 in Hereford, England. The famous library contains 1,500 books, including 227 medieval manuscripts. Given the delicate state of the literary works, specialists and trained volunteers must spend a week out of the year cleaning the entire collection.
 
Chaining books for security was widespread in libraries from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, and Hereford Cathedral’s 17-century Chained Library is the largest to survive with all its chains, rods and locks intact. MNN’s photos of the week

20

Nov

Cat-Library: A feline-friendly shelving systemDoes Madame Fluff wreak havoc every time she attempts to scale a bookcase? Make things a bit easier for her — while staying organized — with the Cat-Library, a modular shelving system with a kitty staircase.

Cat-Library: A feline-friendly shelving system
Does Madame Fluff wreak havoc every time she attempts to scale a bookcase? Make things a bit easier for her — while staying organized — with the Cat-Library, a modular shelving system with a kitty staircase.

22

Sep

Kindle users can now check out e-books from the local libraryKindle versions of books will be loaned for a specific period of time, and readers can still make notes in the borrowed copy without facing library fines.

Kindle users can now check out e-books from the local library
Kindle versions of books will be loaned for a specific period of time, and readers can still make notes in the borrowed copy without facing library fines.

05

Apr

Cat-Library: A feline-friendly shelving system

Cat-Library: A feline-friendly shelving system

29

Mar

Buy shoes, save librariesOne elementary school principal is selling her shoes to help raise money for her school district, which is facing deep budget cuts.

Buy shoes, save libraries
One elementary school principal is selling her shoes to help raise money for her school district, which is facing deep budget cuts.