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Meet Max, the Cat Who’s Banned from the Library but Is Getting His Own Book

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Earlier this month, a picture went viral which showed a sign stuck on the door of a library which asked those entering not to let a young cat named Max into the building. Max shot to fame overnight as his picture was spread across the web with many people wondering why the cat was banned from the library? Was he too noisy? Did he have a pile of late fees? Read More

The Horse-Riding Librarians of the 1930s

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You may know a badass librarian of two, a school librarian who was a stickler for the rules, or a community librarian who would go above and beyond for her library-goers. Have you ever met a librarian who would traverse snowy mountains to provide books and other reading materials for her people?

If your community was cut off from the rest of the country, how would you access your new and favourite books?

Back in the 1930s, after the Great Depression, there was a lack of funds for public services such as libraries. In around May 1936 the American Library Association estimated that over a third of all Americans had no real access to public libraries.

The Pack Horse Library Project was started in 1935 to help tackle this problem in the area of the Appalachian Mountains. This area of Kentucky, USA was particularly inaccessible back then, with over 30% of the rural community there being illiterate. The poorer communities realised that literacy was one way out of poverty so they banded together to donate books, and facilities to store books.

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The World Digital Library Is Now Open

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Have you always wanted to search through 16,982 items from 193 countries between 8000 BCE and 2000 AD? The World Digital Library offers ways to do just that.

With help from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) the Digital Library has been available since September and is free for all users.

The library boasts an extensive range of books, along with manuscripts, videos, artworks, maps, and audio, and in seven different languages. Users can search for content in various ways: through simple searches of type of item, topic, etc, or with the interactive maps and timelines.

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Alan Moore Clashes with Northampton Council over Potential Library Closures

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Famed comic book writer, Alan Moore, best known for his work on Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, has found himself battling against the Northampton council following the council’s plans to close local libraries. Moore has even gone as far as to threaten to halt filming on a TV project he’s working on that would have been filmed in Northampton. Read More

Volunteers Work to Restore and Save Books from Mosul Library Destroyed by Islamic State

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Up until just a few months ago, Mosul had been occupied by Islamic State militants who, in an effort to destroy the cities’ ancient culture, had torched the cities’ university library which has contained hundreds of thousands of ancient documents, including a Koran from the ninth century. Since being freed from the extremists, the volunteers have returned to Mosul and are working to help restore the library back to its former glory and help save and recover the books that remained. Read More

Books Will Take to the Skies Thanks to Easyjet’s “Flybraries”

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Long haul flights can be a drag for adults, but it’s even harder for young children to endure hours of boredom in silence. Recognizing this problem, EasyJet has come up with a brilliant solution that not only entertains kids, but also encourages them to read. Earlier this year in July, EasyJet has introduced “Flybraries”, which will see over 7,000 books take to the skies in 147 planes. Read More