Most Borrowed UK Library Books: 2015-2016

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The Girl on the Train was first published back in January 2015 and has since become a huge hit. Not only did the novel debut at No. 1 in the New York Times bestseller list, it remained there for 13 weeks straight.

By March of 2015 the psychological thriller had sold over a million copies and by October of 2016, over 15 million copies had been sold worldwide. The book was once again hurled into the mainstream when a film adaptation starring Emily Blunt was released in late 2016. It certainly looks like the book has struck a chord. Read More

Library Protest Ends the Only Way it Should

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While protest is always a good sign of a politically engaged populace, there is a time and a place for everything and the library probably isn’t it. Anti-Trump protestors gathered at the University of Washington’s Library last week and they were using a megaphone to make their point, until someone else stepped up, making his point even louder. Read More

Library in “Town of Books” Hay-on-Wye Under Threat

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We’ve heard a lot about government cuts and library closures in the UK in recent months and it seems that nothing is sacred as it’s announced that Hay-on-Wye Public Library is the latest under threat!

Hay-on-Wye is Britain’s most famous book town and the Hay Festival is famous worldwide, but it seems even a town that brings in thousands of bibliophiles a year, can’t save its library. Read More

Find Your Simpsons Reading Buddy!

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Have you ever wondered who would be your perfect Simpsons reading pal? Who would share a book with you out of Marge or Homer? Would you be discussing Plath with Lisa, or giggling over a comic with Bart? Do you prefer reading together or reading alone? Are you widely read, or hardly read? Would you look out of place in the Springfield library? Do you own more books than you’ve had hot dinners? Read More

Library Background Noise is Surprisingly Relaxing

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When I saw this library background noise video on You Tube, a whole hour of it, my first reaction was to laugh and wonder what library noise actually is. Is this a thing? I hit play out of curiosity more than anything and suddenly I could almost smell the library, hear the sounds of fluttering pages and all the other ‘white noise’ you get in a quiet library. Read More