Public libraries are constantly doing more than they were before. Not only is it a theme throughout the history of this incredible institution, but also a necessity of keeping up with the times. Before they were public, they were exclusively membership based. Before there were online catalogs, there were card catalogs. Before there were free... Continue Reading →
Take a book, return a book. Such a simple idea that sparked a world-wide phenomenon. Maybe you’ve seen the small boxes filled with books called Little Free Libraries around your city or neighborhood - they many times look like mini houses. These community created extensions of the public library serve to expand literacy and give children and adults with limited access to books more opportunities to read.
The only problem is if you don’t have a to-read list, that last feeling of excitement can easily be replaced by a “lost” feeling if there’s nothing lined up to start reading. Deciding what to read can be difficult if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Here are 7 ways to hopefully make that process of finding your next book a little easier.
There has been a lot of debate recently in the library world about the effectiveness and necessity of overdue fines at public libraries. More and more libraries have started conversations of what it would look like to do away with overdue fines. Would it change the behavioral patterns of patrons for better or worse?
eBooks have dramatically expanded the reach of public libraries’ services… I mean, you don’t even have to leave your house to check out books! In addition, the expansion of accessibility for handicapped and/or disabled patrons that these online databases have given libraries is extremely important.
However after finishing it, I was absolutely entranced that such a complicated topic could be written about so elegantly and effortlessly. It has stolen my heart ever since and is now one of my all-time favorite books. With years in between each of the few times I have read this book, it has still managed to pleasantly surprise me with its breath-taking storyline and mesmerizing characters.
Hello, readers! The Library Diary blog is enlisting your assistance. Is there anything about libraries you want to learn more about? Do you have any questions about why or how operations in your library work the way they do? Are you wondering about the Dewey Decimal System? Do you need book suggestions? Want to know... Continue Reading →
Funding for public libraries is more complex than just assuming taxes take care of everything. Without proper funds, libraries are forced to cut back on operating hours, eliminate certain programs, or decrease the number of employees, all of which impact how effectively your library can provide the services you need!