With a "soft spot for public libraries", The Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey Fowler (August 13, 2014, Page 1 of their Personal Journal section) asks essentially why would you pay a monthly fee to read e-books when you can get it free at your local public library? Over 90% of American's public libraries over e-books - including the Monrovia Public Library! In a not so random study of available titles, public libraries won out in the number of available titles against Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, and Scribe. It's easier than you think - just log into the library's website page for online resources with your card number and pin.
The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.–Libba Bray
There are an amazing assortment of free, public libraries in this country. Check here for some really unusual ones. Big and small, new and old - all provide for the citizens, young and old, of their cities and counties.
Neil Gaiman explains why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. This edited version of his lecture for the Reading Agency, delivered October 14, 2014, eloquently speaks to our obligation to use our imaginations and provide others to use theirs,
Is this really the future? Have a look at a brand new library in San Antonio, Texas that's without books!
Of course, we love Monrovia's libraries, however, these are truly spectacular!
Don't you just love the spirit of this children's librarian! There's always a new way to entice children to read!
Libraries always look for new ways to engage readers through cultural enrichment. But one branch in Scotland took an unconventional approach by hosting a pole dancing class—at the library. STV reports that pole dancing teacher Nikki Clark hosted the class at the Mayfield Library in Dalkeith, Midlothian, as part of “Love Your Library Day.”
The library also offered “booky table tennis” games to visitors, in which used books were used as paddles and nets in the game.
"A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion." Umberto Eco
Read about the brand new no book library in San Antonio, Texas. Called a "BiblioTech, it's booksless - well physical book but it's "full" of e-books and computers with Internet connections. Ah, some of us still love the feel and smell of a real book - paper, print, glue and all! Who really wants to go to sleep with a computer?
Members of the Board and our volunteers are posting ideas, thoughts, events, and a few surprises.