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New York Public Library to Open its First Permanent Exhibition Thanks to Polonsky Foundation

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After a $12 million gift from Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE and the Polonsky Foundation, the New York Public Library is to open its first permanent exhibition in 2020. The exhibition will feature rotating items from the NYPL’s extensive research collections and it’s fantastic news for those who would like to see these collections.

The Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures is expected to open in late 2020 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The free exhibition will be housed in Gottesman Hall, a 6,400 square-foot exhibition space on the Library’s main floor.
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Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposal Could Defund Libraries

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Earlier this month, the White House released President Trump’s proposed 2020 fiscal year budget, entailed ‘A Budget for a Better America’. Coming in to the tune of $4.75 trillion, it’s actually the largest budget proposed in US history and, if enacted, will see a steep decline in domestic and social programs in favour of military spending.

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Karl Lagerfeld had a floor-to-ceiling sideways library

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The late Karl Lagerfeld was no stranger to out-of-the-box thinking and his library is no different!

In one of Lagerfeld’s two houses, situated side by side and only 2.5 metres apart, is his office. The room is minimalist and modern with stark red and black furniture and thousands of books lining the walls from floor to ceiling.

Of course that sounds like the perfect office or library, however Lagerfeld’s bookshelves look a bit different…

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Rare bat found in museum library

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The MERL (Museum of English Rural Life) is owned and run by the University of Reading, and specialises in examining the lives of farmers, craftspeople, and other rural folk in England. Their collection is vast and diverse, and offers an insight into how rural communities still shape our lives today.

Collections of rare and interesting books are stored in the UMASCS (University Museums and Special Collections Services) and it seemed one day they had a special security guard on duty… A small, furry, and nocturnal volunteer- the Nathusius’ Pipistrelle.

Volunteer, and bat specialist, Rose-Ann Movosvic was working at The MERL when she heard a cry of “BAT! BAT IN THE LIBRARY!” coming from down the hall from the UMASCS. Knowing she could not only help the person confronted by the bat, but also help identify the bat itself, Movosvic heeded the call of the bat signal.

Here is the Twitter thread detailing the ordeal…

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A 100-year-old tree stump has been transformed into a free library!

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The Little Free Library is a non-profit organisation found in over 88 countries who have provided more than 75,000 free libraries- a little place to borrow or drop off a book. One of the latest little free libraries to join this project can be found in Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho, USA.

Sharalee Armitage Howard, a local artist and librarian, created the most recent Little Free Library after a 110 year old cottonwood tree outside her home was destined for felling. Sharalee decided the hollowed-out trunk would make for a beautiful project.

As well as the books the community can borrow, the little library also has a roof along with indoor and outdoor lighting- almost all the comforts of a regular library. It opened its tiny doors to the public and is now very successful in the neighbourhood, thanks in part to attention gained on social media.

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Armed man disrupts story time at public library

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A man armed with a gun turned up to a story session at a public library in Houston, Texas despite already being banned for questionable behaviour.

James ‘Doc’ Greene Sr. had previously been banned from the library for taking pictures of children and causing disturbances, so thankfully staff recognised him before he could disturb the children’s stories.

After being arrested the conservative radio show host for Raging Elephants Radio attempted to blame his arrest on ‘being Christian’, and that the librarian was a ‘satanist’. He also accused the police of supporting child sexual assault by allowing the story time to continue.

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Explore the Oldest Jewish Library in the World

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When you think of Amsterdam, images of canals, cycling, and the Anne Frank House probably come to mind, but did you know that the Dutch city is also home to the oldest, continuously running, Jewish library in the world? In the late 1500’s, many Sephardic Jews left their home countries of Spain and Portugal, where they were required to live as Christians, and came to Amsterdam where they could enjoy religious freedom. There they founded a library/school which still runs to this day. Read More

Kansas Library Receives Request from Parent to Move Transgender Children’s Books

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The board of a Kansas public library is being forced to consider a request that books featuring transgender characters be moved out of the children’s section of the library.

Local resident Marci Laffen made the written request to the library asking that the books George, Lily and Dunkin and I am Jazz be moved to either the adult of young adult section of the library citing “sexual content” in her request. In addition, Laffen suggested books with themes of bullying, rebelling against police and refusing to take medications are the reasons the books do not have a place in the child’s section of the Andover Public Library in Kansas.

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The Feminist Library to Open in Peckham After Crowdfunding Success

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The Feminist Library will celebrate its 44th birthday in March, and now that date will be the start of an exciting time for the library as the date also signifies the day that the library will move to Peckham after Crowdfunding success.

The library staff have spoken of their relief at raising £35,000 for its move to Peckham and the provisional opening date for the new library is 14th March. It was October when the Feminist Library launched a crowdfunding campaign for its relocation to a community centre in Peckham after being based in Westminster for the last thirty years.

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Finding Love in Literature in NYC

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The New York Public Library are one of the best literary resources around, even if you’re nowhere near NYC. The library’s online presence is huge, and magical and we’re always drawn to their book lists, recommendations and more!

The library has put together a collection of romantic scenes from literature that took place in New York City and they’ve created an interactive map so you can read your way around the city. It’s invaluable for those who want to indulge in a little literary tourism or those who just want to travel between the pages of a book, take a look below at all the books featured in the map and a link to the map itself!  Read More