Tag Archives: Communities

Creating a Community Where Knowledge Grows

“The Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Wash. focuses on the needs of its community. Through focus groups and opinion surveys, the library system implements programs that the community deems important. This is how the Pierce County Library System has become a leader in early childhood literacy. Because the first five years are the most important in childhood development, Executive Director Neel Parikh believes that the library has an opportunity to make a difference by helping parents and caregivers understand early literacy.” (via UpNext: The IMLS Blog)

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Libraries in the Top of Utah — as well as across the country — becoming a gathering place

“Here’s a gathering place that seems to have it all. You can catch a recent movie, settling back in a cushy chair in a state-of-the-art black box theater. Maybe you’d enjoy learning how to knit or listening to a meet-the-candidates program. Or you could breeze in for a yoga class, a look at the latest paintings in the art gallery, or a freshly prepared panini sandwich. Oh yes, and while you’re here — visiting what is actually a public library — you might also check out a book”

via Standard-Examiner

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Can an Online Bookstore Be a Community Bookstore?

Big Think – “Is the frequently drawn distinction between online bookstores (efficient, convenient, innovative) and traditional bookstores (old-fashioned, communal, curated) a false one? This fall, Molly Gaudry and her fellow staff at The Lit Pub are trying to prove that it is. Billing itself as “an online bookstore that hand-picks and recommends books,” The Lit Pub was founded earlier this year and has recently relaunched with an effusion of bookish joy. (“From our hearts to yours!”) The site features staff-written reviews of select books and literary magazines, as well as a prominently displayed honor roll of publishers whose books it offers. Since many of these publishers are themselves small independent outfits, there’s a strong spirit of mutual support at work in the enterprise. A detailed explanation of the Pub’s business model is available on their FAQ page.”

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The secret life of libraries

Guardian – “They have always had a dusty image – and never more so than now – but libraries are at the heart of our communities. With the axe about to fall, Bella Bathurst reveals just what we’re about to lose.”

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