S.F. library rolls out Biblio Bistro for lessons on cooking

“Seven years ago, a tiny garden of mixed greens and vegetables was planted in the children’s area at the Mission Branch Library. But the kids were befuddled about what to do with the produce.That’s when program manager Lia Hillman realized there was a disconnect between healthy food and the ability to cook it, especially for youngsters and families using hot plates in single room occupancy units. So the former chef bought a Charlie Cart — a mobile kitchen equipped with burners, an oven and utensils — and set out to teach library patrons how to saute, sear and score.” (via SFGate)

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RECENT CONTROVERSIES SPARK DISCUSSION ABOUT SLAVERY BOOKS

When children’s author-illustrator Don Tate works on a book about slavery, he keeps in mind that a smile must be more than just a smile.”A smile is the manifestation of human emotion, therefore enslaved people smiled, frowned, laughed, cried, etcetera,” says Tate, a finalist for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 2013 and whose works include “Hope’s Gift,” the story of a slave girl in the days leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation.” (via Associated Press)

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How a City in France Got the World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines

“When Jess Mateychuk entered the tourism office in Grenoble, France, he wasn’t looking for information about the city. “I finally found them!” the twenty-one-year-old exchange student from Winnipeg, Canada, said with excitement. He was referring to the city’s recent cultural innovation turned Internet hit: a black and orange, rocket-looking cylinder that spits out short stories, free of charge.” (via The New Yorker)

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Smithsonian Libraries Receives 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award

“The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has selected the “Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project” for a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award. The award of $491,713 will help support increased accessibility to original scientific documentation found in archival field notes in participating institution collections.Field notes provide valuable, primary research data about species and ecosystems that is often unpublished or unavailable through other sources. They can also be extremely valuable for museum research, providing key specimen data related to study sites, collecting details, and ecology.” (via Smithsonian Libraries Unbound)

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Political TV Ad Archive launches today

“After sifting through more than 100,000 hours of broadcast television coverage and counting, the Internet Archive today launches its new, free Political TV Ad Archive website —PoliticalAdArchive.org — with more than 30,000 ad airings archived. This new resource will bring journalists, researchers, and the public resources to help hold politicians accountable for the messages they deliver in TV ads.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Digital Archive

“The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announces the launch of the Texas Digital Archive (TDA), a searchable online repository designed to manage, preserve, and provide access to the electronic records collections held at the Texas State Archives. Virtual visitors are invited to explore our shared heritage through digitized prints, photographs, documents and manuscripts made available through a $706,593 appropriation for the 2016-2017 biennium from the 84th legislative session.” (via Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

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TROVE OF MARINE CORPS FILMS FROM 1930S-1970S TO BE PRESERVED

“Never-before-seen films of Marines ramming artillery shells into large guns on the beaches of Iwo Jima in 1945 and standing amid sandbags during the 1968 siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam are part of a vast collection of silent, color footage being repaired, preserved and eventually placed online for all to see.The Marine Corps is sending the rare stockpile of films to specialists in South Carolina. Some of the images have been in storage for 70 years and offer viewers a gritty “you-were-there” view of military life. Most films were not even seen by the combat photographers who shot them with hand-held cameras from the late 1930s through World War II, Korea and Vietnam.” (via The Associated Press)

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Shakespeare Documented: Largest Online Shakespeare Resource Launches

“Shakespeare Documented, the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare, launches today, January 20, at www.shakespearedocumented.org. This free and publicly accessible online exhibition includes images, descriptions, and transcriptions of all known references and allusions to Shakespeare and his works during his lifetime and shortly thereafter, as well as additional references to his family.” (via PR Newswire)

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LIBRARIES, MEETUP GROUPS GET INTO ADULT COLORING CRAZE

“Adults caught up in the coloring book craze now have new and more social ways to participate: through libraries and meetup groups.Libraries across the country are holding adult coloring programs more and more in response to the spike in interest, according to the American Library Association, including New York City, Denver and Milwaukee. There are also groups popping up through Meetup.com.” (via The Associated Press)

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Supporters helping Gander library stock shelves for Syrian refugees

“Employees with the Gander Public Library are doing their best to make sure the shelves are stocked for the five refugee families who are coming to Central Newfoundland in the coming weeks. This includes books in Arabic for children and adults.Regional librarian Courtney Penney said supporters of the effort have been doing everything they can to prepare for the refugees’ arrival.” (via CBC News)

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