State of America’s Libraries Report 2011: Public libraries-- A key resource for the jobless, entrepreneurs –– and the community
More than two-thirds of adults responding to a January 2011 Harris Poll Quorum (PDF). created for the American Library Association said that the library’s assistance in starting a business or finding a job was important to them. These figures were up from a year earlier, testament both to Americans’ entrepreneurial spirit and libraries’ role in nourishing that spirit.
State of America’s Libraries Report 2011:“Vision Tour” shines a bright light on outstanding school libraries
In celebration of National Library Week (April 10-16) Honorary Chair John Grisham, here is a trivia question:
What do the books The Client, The Firm, The Pelican Brief and A Time to Kill have in common?
Answer: They’re all among Grisham’s bestselling works, but each of these books has also either been temporarily removed from a library (challenged) or permanently removed (banned) because a library user objected to its content.
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Whether you are a basketball junkie or you like the social aspect of filling out brackets and placing small bets, the NCAA basketball tournament holds nearly universal appeal.
But maybe you're interested in learning a little more about what has come to be called "March madness?" Why not visit your library?
The library has print and electronic resources on everything from the history of the event and how it grew into an American ritual to highlights of some of the great moments from March madness past.
In this interview, Andre Dubus III, whose sister-in-law is a librarian, talks about the significance of libraries in his career and their broader value to society.
"Even now with the Internet, I don't think I could write what I try to write (without the library)," he said. "I really rely on reference materials at the library."
He said that budget cuts to libraries are "bordering on tragic."
The whole world is watching the events unfolding in Egypt, getting what perspective it can through the lens of the various news outlets covering the situation. But for a true historical perspective, the best place to visit is your local library.
Your library’s holdings include books with information on Egypt under the Ottoman Empire, such as "The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire" by Alan Palmer.
In this interview, Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, talks about her own use of libraries, going back to the days when she was a library page at age 16, rummaging through a dusty attic to retrieve back issues of newspapers and magazines.
"A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." – James Madison