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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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The Bronx Loses Its Only Bookstore

“The Bronx is home to 1.5 million people, two hundred thousand public-school students, eleven colleges and universities, and a single general-interest bookstore—a Barnes & Noble, located in the Bay Plaza shopping center, in Co-op City, in the northeast section of the borough. The chain arrived there in 1999, after Stephen B. Kaufman, then an assemblyman living in Throgs Neck, grew tired of driving to the Barnes & Noble in Yonkers to purchase books he couldn’t find in one of the borough’s two small independent bookshops, both of which have since closed down.” (via The New Yorker)

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“To reclaim Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College, Stanford White’s most dazzling extant structure in New York, its admirers must invent new uses for a building that was intended by a much different institution — New York University — to serve a now-antiquated form of scholarship, using riches of which the community college could only dream. Under the chairmanship of Samuel G. White (Stanford’s great-grandson) and the day-to-day leadership of Michael Parley, a group called Save Gould Memorial Library will advise on the study of conditions in the largely empty, little-used 116-year-old building; help estimate what it would cost to repair and preserve it; and then set out to raise a sum that may need to be $50 million or more. That’s a daunting task. In fact, it may be impossible. But it’s certainly worth trying.” (via NYT)

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Bronx library fills void left by community center closing

“A Bronx library is helping to fill a void created by the closure of a beloved community center, expanding English language classes to a neighborhood heavily populated by immigrants. The basement meeting room of the High Bridge Library was packed Tuesday morning with people who gathered for an informational session regarding the new offerings. After the room reached capacity — half an hour before the planned start time — dozens more were told to come back in January. “There is a great deal of need in this neighborhood,” said High Bridge Library manager Margaret Fleesak, 61. “We’ve tried our best to fulfill some of the need.” (via NY Daily News)

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Riverdale, Bronx, Library’s New Statues Are Awaiting Names

“There was no grand entrance at this library, no sweeping staircase to preside over, and certainly no tourists to pose with for photos. Maybe that’s why this pair of stone lions was sleeping on the job. The Bronx cousins to that grand pair on Fifth Avenue, Patience and Fortitude, could use a few pointers in looking lionly. The lions, each weighing about 900 pounds, sprawled lazily on stone pedestals in the late afternoon sun on Wednesday, their eyelids closed to the busy stream of children and stroller-pushing mothers passing between them every few minutes to go in and out of the New York Public Library branch in Riverdale.” (via NYTimes.com)

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