Little Free Library: A community created extension of the public library

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.

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Part 2: 10 Ways to Pursue Self-Improvement at Your Library… Without Picking Up a Book

Libraries are much more than just books. Few people know about the many fun and educational services offered by public libraries everywhere that don’t involve books or reading. Self-improvement doesn’t have to cost any money if you seek out solutions at your public library.  Immersing yourself in free learning opportunities only requires a library card and some curiosity.

Overdue Library Travels: Boothbay Harbor

At first glance, the stately Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library gives off quite the historical vibe, as many libraries and buildings do in the Northeast. Sitting at the top of a hill in downtown Boothbay Harbor, the white columns spanning the height of the building beckon all book-lovers to enter.

Are Overdue Fines Worth It?

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?

Library Services Exposed: eBooks

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.

How Do Libraries Get Money?

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!

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