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Los Angeles Unified School District closes school libraries

May 9, 2014
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Elementary schools are the basic gardens for growing minds, and, inevitably, they’re where most people learn to take their first steps into the world of books and reading. Unfortunately for many students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest district in the nation, libraries have been closing recently. Worse yet, there is no date set for the re-opening of many of these facilities. It’s hard to […]

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Coldplay hides handwritten lyrics in local libraries

April 30, 2014
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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Coldplay is a name with worldwide renown in the music world, and now they’ve got an interesting connection to libraries across the world as well. In publicity moves to garner buzz for their upcoming tour dates and sixth studio album, titled ‘Ghost Stories,’ the band has looked to libraries around the world to hide memorabilia for fans. Spread across local libraries in nine different countries, […]

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Should public libraries sell ebooks?

April 26, 2014
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Producers of ebooks have strongly resisted selling their collection to public libraries in the US and Canada. It took several large organizations and years of trying to increase awareness before they gave in. The American Library Association (ALA), 3M and Overdrive have lobbied the major book publishers for access to ebooks and now each major issuer has at least a pilot project or dispenses handpicked titles to public libraries. Some […]

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Report showcases how libraries stay vital to their communities

April 18, 2014
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“Lives change @ your Library” is the official theme for this year’s National Library Week. To kick off the event, on Monday, April 14, the American Library Association (ALA) released its “2014 State of America’s Libraries Report.” The 79-page report covers all things “library,” including politics, technology, laws, and even architecture. But maybe the most important news – and a top priority of the ALA – is how libraries are […]

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Are ebooks better with sound effects?

April 11, 2014
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Booktrack is a company which has produced a platform enabling sound to be added to an ebook. Some do not see the point of this, calling it gimmicky, but CEO Paul Cameron strongly disagrees with such assessments. He believes there is great potential to having sound playing while reading. Booktrack has already released one version of adding music to an ebook and has been working on another version that is […]

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Class action suit filed against Apple over ebook price fixing

April 4, 2014
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Apple, the world tech super-company, is facing a whirlwind of backlash and bad news. On Friday, March 28, a group of New York consumers sued the tech giant for violating antitrust laws by fixing ebook prices. Five major book publishers are accused of being in cahoots with Apple’s price fixing conspiracy. A U.S. district judge noted that the plaintiffs had met the standards to file the lawsuit. The explosive lawsuit […]

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Libraries show their support for World Book Night

March 28, 2014
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For the past few years, there has been a strong effort to get books to be a more important part of everyone’s life. One of the most successful ideas in recent years is World Book Night. Throughout one day, usually April 23rd, people from all over the world pass out free books to anyone and everyone. This April, many of us are taking to the streets to hand out some […]

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Did you know that public libraries offer technology classes?

March 21, 2014
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When you think of the public library, what image comes to your mind? Is it a quiet room filled with shelves, all lined with seemingly endless books waiting to be read? Of course, books have always been the backbone of libraries, but in today’s world, libraries offer so much more than just story time. Libraries give the members of the community a place to come and take classes in which […]

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Do we still need libraries?

March 14, 2014
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Once upon a time, a library was just about the only place that someone could go to get a book or go to read for free. Librarians knew their turf inside and out. Card catalogs were an essential part of stock organization. After this became outdated, the Dewey Decimal System reigned supreme. Libraries all over the country thrived as one of the main providers of free books and education. Then […]

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12 Years a Slave joins list of Oscar winning films based on books

March 7, 2014
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When 12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for Best Picture on March 2, 2014, it made history as the first film about slavery, or the black experience in America, to be given this award. The film is based on the memoir written by Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was drugged and sold into slavery in 1841. Therefore, it also joined the ranks of Academy Award-winning movies […]

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