Montreal Libraries Introduce Bicycle Desks

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For some, the idea of sitting still for long periods of time with a good book is hard to beat, but for others, particularly children, it can be extremely difficult to remain still and concentrated on their book of choice. Fidget Spinners recently became popular with those who need some stimulation whilst focusing, and now libraries in Montreal, Canada are introducing bicycle desks. Read More

The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries… According to Instagram

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We love everything bookish, and that includes libraries and bookstores too. We’ll happily spend all day trawling the Internet for beautiful libraries and bookish places.

Last week we were contacted by Wordery who have put together an infographic of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the world, all found by collating Instagram hashtags. From their information, they have created a list of the 25 most beautiful libraries in the world.

Scroll down to see the full list, and click around the infographic to get all the information within. It’s a fascinating list and will surely inspire some literary wanderlust in you! Many thanks to Wordery for sharing with us, and allowing us to share this fantastic infographic with you. Read More

London Library Discovers Books Annotated by Bram Stoker

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If there’s one thing librarians would appreciate you not do when you borrow a book, it’s start scribbling in it, and yet the London Library in Mayfair is very pleased to have found a number of books that have been annotated by their reader. Who is this rapscallion who dare deface a borrowed book? None other than the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker.

As Londonist reports, 28 books have been discovered during a research effort lead by Paul Spedding. They were seemingly used by Stoker as he researched his now classic book Dracula in 1897. Stoker was a businessman living in Chelsea at the time and and joined the library in 1890 at the proposal of Hall Caine, whom Stoker dedicated Dracula to. The gothic horror novel may now be considered a classic, but it seems Stoker wasn’t highly praised for his writing prior to Dracula’s publication. “Stoker was a dreadful writer. His other stuff is dreadful,” said Spedding. Read More

Take a Look at Calgary’s Newly Opened $245 Million Dollar Library

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Calgary’s long-awaited new public library opened yesterday on November 1, and it’s safe to say its already a hit among residents. The $245 million dollar library features 240,000 square feet, impressive architecture, four floors, and 450,000 new books.

CEO of Calgary Public Library, Bill Ptacek, said: “It really is quite spectacular — a cultural hub of learning and innovation. It will be the experiences that people have in this space that will determine if they keep coming back … we want that to include elements of discovery, mystery and wonder.

“And every floor has that, multiple ranges of experiences that speak to different people in different ways.”

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Strange questions people asked the librarian

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Librarians are quiet heroes, guardians of the books, and underrated alternative to a search engine. They used to be our one stop for all our general knowledge needs however Google (other search engines are apparently available…) have slowly but surely taken that responsibility away from the libraries.

Librarians used to deal with all the strange, creepy, interesting, and outrageous questions the general public had to ask- and you will not believe some of the stuff people are willing to ask a stranger.

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Library Petition Exceeds 25,000 Signatures After Rowling Support

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J. K Rowling’s support for a petition fighting to protect libraries in the UK by assuring government funding has helped garner another 15,000 signatures in just over a week.

Many prominent authors such as Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Joanne Harris have added their names to the petition, which aims to ringfence government funding to assure libraries stay open. Rowling retweeted the petition last weekend, but the petition needs more signatures if it’s to make a difference.
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Iowa Library Receives Donations After Man Burns LGBTQ Books

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We recently covered the story that a man in Iowa had taken to burning LGBTQ children’s books near his local library. Almost two weeks on and it seems his actions have only increased support for such books to be available in libraries.

The Orange City Public Library has been receiving donations from across the United States after a man protested a gay pride festival by burning LGBTQ children’s books outside the Prairie Winds Events Center, which lies about a mile away from the library. Read More

Introducing Human Libraries. a Place Where You Can Loan People Instead of Books

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Read any comment section on YouTube or Twitter, and you’ll see that these days it’s pretty hard for two people with opposing opinions to have a polite and rational debate, but surely it’s important to hear other people’s opinions, even if you don’t agree with them? That’s certainly what the Human Literary Organization believes.

Human libraries have started appearing, and they’re places where you loan out people rather than books. People can volunteer there to be ‘books’ and ‘readers’ are encouraged to freely ask them questions and receive honest answers in return. There’s no room for judgment and no queries are off limits.

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Todd Bol, Founder of the Little Free Library Movement Dies

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When Todd Bol used an old door to create a tiny library for his garden in 2009 he can’t have imagined the impact it would have. His friends and neighbours all loved the idea and less than a year later he’d made more, some for sale, some he gave away.

Eventually he got right behind the movement, setting himself a goal to create 2,150, which would beat the number of Carnegie libraries in the USA, less than a decade later and there are 75,000 tiny libraries on the front lawns of houses of eight-eight countries in the world.
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Church Leaders Call for Ban on LGBT Books, During Banned Books Week

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Established by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week begins every year on the last week of September. The week celebrates books that have been censored or outright banned over the years and reminds us of the importance of information and freedom of speech, as well as showing us how books can be used tackle difficult or sensitive topics and themes.

To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More