A Bronx Librarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books

“Colbert Nembhard looked more like a traveling salesman than a librarian in his dark suit with his rolling suitcase on a recent Wednesday morning in the Bronx.He had strolled 10 minutes to the Crotona Inn homeless shelter from the Morrisania Branch Library, where he has been the manager for 25 years. As he dug through the dozens of books stuffed inside the suitcase, an announcement crackled over the intercom inside the shelter, where 87 families live: “Mr. Nembhard is here to read stories and sing songs to your children.” (via The New York Times)

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MSU Libraries digitize Civil War diaries and letters

“Mississippi State University Libraries has made available in its digital collections the Civil War era, first-hand accounts of the Orville Babcock Diaries and Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry. The Babcock and McKinstry materials are a part of the overall Ulysses S. Grant Collection, which is housed at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU’s Starkville campus. MSU is one of only five universities in the nation that have the distinction of hosting a presidential library.” (via The Dispatch)

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Below Bryant Park, a Bunker and a Train Line, Just for Books

“This time of year, Bryant Park is flooded with holiday shoppers strolling amid the vending booths and skaters gliding on the ice rink.Few, if any, might have any inkling that just below them lies a world-class repository of research materials in a concrete-encased, climate-controlled book vault. And a little red railroad.The recently opened book bunker with 55,600 square feet of space extends west from the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. That little red railroad winds from this underground bunker up through the cavernous building” (via The New York Times)

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Charity to provide $100M for Philadelphia parks, libraries 

“A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds.The William Penn Foundation the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history.Janet Haas, chairwoman of the board of directors, said the grant underscores the foundation’s focus on “generating new approaches for investing in under-resourced communities” and allows it to participate in bringing communities together “through the creative use of public space.” (via AP)

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UMSL librarian is ‘the IRL of IRL in real life’ – and a Harlem radio host

“Only a few months old, fledgling “IRL” (pronounced “Earl”) is already beginning to pull in a worldwide readership for the University of Missouri–St. Louis.California. Malaysia. Spain. Missouri. Those are just a few of the places where, thanks to IRL, people are accessing scholarly work by members of the UMSL campus community in a new way.Shorthand for UMSL’s new Institutional Repository Library, IRL is in the care of its curator and crafter, Lena Marvin, who has a map with lots of gray dots pulled up on her computer screen inside the Thomas Jefferson Library.” (via UMSL)

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