Idaho libraries are teaching patrons to build and program robots

RobotLibraries have, in recent years, made incredible strides in increasing the array of services and goods they offer to their patrons in an effort to keep up with the modern needs of the communities they serve.  Most of the time, this has meant the use of computers that have internet access, the rental of tablets and laptops, or even the ability to check out internet wifi hubs for home use.  It’s all pretty neat, but it doesn’t trump one upcoming offering recently announced by some public libraries in Idaho that is basically the stuff every young child’s dreams are made of:  Robot building classes. [Read more…]

Mt. Clemens Public Library celebrates 150th birthday

Book GiftWhile the modern day concept of a library has undergone several evolutions in the last couple of decades alone, the core concept of libraries as a place of knowledge and learning has existed in societies around the world for a very long time.  In the U.S., a country just under two and a half centuries old, we don’t have any ancient libraries, but we do have some impressive milestones of our own, nonetheless. [Read more…]

University of Iowa libraries help restore NCSML artifacts & manuscripts

UniversityIn 2008, Cedar Rapids experienced flooding that far and away exceeded the weather predictions residents had been given.  Experts predicted that the city would receive as much as two feet of flooding in certain areas.  Unfortunately for the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library, they ended up with eight feet.  In an effort to protect their assets, the library staff had removed all books, manuscripts, and other materials from the bottom three feet of library storage.  Obviously, it wasn’t enough, and the damage that ensued was devastating.  Over $11 million in damage was incurred, and, needless to say, the staff was absolutely devastated. [Read more…]

Virginia looks to showcase libraries as community cornerstones

Kids LibraryLibraries serve their communities in so many ways that it’s hard to actually appreciate all that they do.  These days, technology has meant that that assistance has expanded even further, and libraries fill an even more diverse set of needs than before.  Rarely, however, are libraries appreciated like they should be, and certain districts in Virginia are setting out to actively change that. [Read more…]

New tax to support libraries is on the ballot in New Orleans

VoteRoughly a decade ago, New Orleans was devastated by one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the United States of America:  Hurricane Katrina.  In its wake, not only was the immediate destruction that displaced hundreds of thousands from their homes or worse, but also an impending, ongoing struggle that would plague many of the city’s institutions. [Read more…]