Banksy to Save Bristol Libraries!

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British artist Banksy is best known for his graffiti art in and around Bristol, and all over the world. His art is a social commentary, blurring the lines between art and vandalism by spraying his stencil-art on the sides of public, and occasionally private, buildings.

After huge success and recognition Banksy wants to help his home city and community in Bristol. The historical city is facing major cuts to some areas that could see 17 of its 27 libraries close as Bristol struggles to fix a £1.4m shortfall. Mayor Marvin Rees confirmed with local press that the street artist-come-philanthropist had “come forward and talked about supporting us”.

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Leicester Unleashes ‘The Hulk,’ A Green Mobile Library for the Homeless

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The city of Leicester, England has revealed ‘The Hulk,’ a large, green, mobile library which aims to help the city’s rough sleepers and ease the struggle of being homeless. The van was gutted and has since had shelves fitted which allow it to store over 500 books, from Roald Dahl to Harry Potter.

As Leicester Mercury reports, ‘The Hulk’ was officially unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday and is officially called The Roaming Readers. The mobile van was funded by the Help the Homeless charity and offers rough sleepers something to keep their minds occupied, while also serves as a place where you can charge your mobile phone. Read More

Bats Have Taken up Residence in Two 18th Century Portuguese Libraries, and That’s a Good Thing!

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Most librarians probably wouldn’t be too pleased to find a family of bats living in their library however, in Portugal, bats have taken up residence in two 18th-century libraries and it turns out they’re very useful to have around. The bats in question live in the University of Coimbra’s library and the library in the National Palace of Mafra.

The bats actually play in important role in safeguarding the libraries books as they swoop over rare and ancient books and snap up bugs that could slowly but surely destroy rare tomes. The bats offer such a helpful service that they have been allowed to stay and are now a tourist attraction in their own right. Read More

10 Things Your Local Library Needs

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A library is not strictly a building full of books to borrow- it is much, much more!

All around the world librarians and local councils are ensuring they keep up with the modern world by offering fun and interesting things alongside the books.

From a calculation of your savings, to emergency bubble wrap for times of stress- and everything in between- here is a list of ten things you wish your local library has!

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Hilariously Unfortunate Library Label Placements

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Library labels and book store stickers are often placed randomly by an overworked and underpaid assistant… It is understandable, therefore, that occasionally the sticker hits the wrong spot and makes for a shocking change in title.

Or perhaps some of these are placed purposefully to make a customer giggle or blush… Take a look for yourself and let us know what your think.

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Michelle Obama Will Kick off This Year’s American Library Association Conference

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The 2018 American Library Association Conference is set to be held next month on June 22 in New Orleans and it has been announced that former First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off the conference with a keynote speech.

The national conference of librarians attracts bibliophiles from all walks of life, from librarians to teachers, and is one of the largest annual gatherings of book lovers in the world. As reported by Publishers Weekly, other speakers will include the likes of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, broadcaster Jose Antonio Vargas, and biographer Jonathan Eig. Read More

Banished books to be displayed in Cambridge

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Books previously banished to Cambridge University Library Tower have been released for the public.

Previously the books had been kept in the tower as they were not considered useful or academic enough to be kept in the main library. As reading addicts we feel appalled books would be kept from people!

Ever since 1710 the library has been allowed a copy of all new published books- including some niche titles such as The Hobbit translated into Cornish. These books are now finally on show to the public.

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Libraries in Portsmouth Hope Scrapping Late Fees Will See Their ‘Naughty’ Books Returned

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Libraries in the city of Portsmouth, England are hoping that ditching late fees will result in their most popular books being returned by those who feared being fined. Many books go missing after being checked out and it is hoped that those who have overdue books will now come forward and return their books. The books most likely to be checked out indefinitely are student textbooks and ‘naughty’ books for adults.
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Lonely Library Dog Has No One to Read to Him, Until He Goes Viral on Facebook

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Meet Sting, a former race dog who now works as a therapy dog at a library in Minnesota as part of a Paws to Read program, where children can improve their reading skills by reading to dogs. Sting has worked there for the past two years but, earlier this month, nobody signed up to read with poor Sting. In order to try and help Sting find a reading partner, his owner, John Muellner, posted a picture of Sting on Facebook and asked if any parents would like their children to come and read with him. Read More