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A Library Where the Hush Is Over Its Very Existence

“Nothing on the street outside says that it is there. First-time visitors must push through a revolving door of a court building in Lower Manhattan on faith, and hear their footsteps echo across a vast marble lobby before they finally glimpse a set of wooden double doors near a staircase leading down to a goblin-dark basement. This is the entrance to the City Hall Library, open to all yet known to relatively few and visible to just about no one. “I didn’t even know this was here. Is it open to the public?” Ydanis Rodriguez, a City Council member from Manhattan, asked as he recently entered it for the first time, even though it is a short walk from his offices.” (via NYTimes.com)

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City Hall Protestors Rally Against Sale of Libraries

“John C. Liu, the city comptroller and a Democratic candidate for mayor, on Thursday spoke out against selling public libraries into private hands.“Our city libraries are civic treasures, and they should be treated as such,” Mr. Liu said in a statement released after his appearance at a rally on the steps of City Hall. ”Selling our libraries to private corporations trades a small, short-term gain for a big, permanent loss.” (via NYTimes.com)

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The Robin Hood Library Initiative

“While I was researching some of our reader-nominations for Book Riot’s 2013 charitable partner, I stumbled across The Library Initiative of The Robin Hood Foundation and was, to be perfectly honest, blown away. The Robin Hood Foundation itself is a large organization dedicated to fighting poverty in New York City. One of their specific projects, though, is something I hadn’t seen before: partnering with the New York City Board of Education to rehabilitate and rejuvenate the city’s school libraries.”

via Book Riot

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Bloomberg Proposes Cuts to Libraries and Higher Fees on School Lunches

“With his plan to sell 2,000 new yellow-taxi medallions still in doubt, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has proposed slashing money for libraries and after-school programs and increasing fees on school lunches and parking meters to compensate for more than $600 million in lost medallion revenue.”

via NY Times

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N.Y. Designer Puts Lending Libraries Into Pay Phone Kiosks

“THE best time to turn a pay phone into a lending library is early on a Sunday morning, said John H. Locke, an Upper West Side architectural designer who may be the world’s leading expert on the subject.“There aren’t a lot of people out,” he said. “You can just go down, find a good booth, carry it out, latch it in. It takes seconds. And then just fill it up with books and let’s wait and see what happens.”

via NYTimes

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Giving New York City’s Local Libraries a Boost

“The city’s libraries deserve their own special day. At least that’s what philanthropist Cheryl Cohen Effron believes.

Ms. Effron has helped to spearhead “Love a Library,” a day of service to happen on September 22 at library branches across New York, Brooklyn and Queens. The effort will be run by New York Cares, a volunteer organization. Some 250 volunteers will work at 24 of the city’s most underserved branches to encourage membership, educate the neighborhood on library services and boost volunteerism.”

via WSJ

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Amid Million Dollar PTAs, a School Fights to Keep Its Library

NYTimes – “In the last three years, TNS has cut its Reading Recovery program, lost its assistant principal and its half-time math and literacy coaches and increased class size in every grade. The school learned this past April that it could no longer afford its library or librarian. Forty percent of TNS students qualify for free lunch, and the school pays for that diversity in an unexpected way: it’s far more difficult to raise large sums of money from its families. But the school still does not qualify for the federal Title 1 financing allocated to schools serving large percentages of low-income children. It is the public school version of the marriage penalty: diversity is largely considered a social good, but those who practice it are expected to pay, one way or another.”

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Libraries Explore Shuffle on Cards

WSJ – “Through a quirk of history, New York is one city with three separate library systems. Crossing their borders can be daunting: Each requires a separate card, and an interlibrary loan can mean a wait of up to a week. Now, officials are considering a plan to offer a single, seamless library account for all New Yorkers that would unify checkouts, returns, deliveries and even late fees for the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public libraries.”

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Changes Planned at N.Y. Public Library Are Assailed

NY Times – “The New York Public Library came under fire Tuesday night during a panel discussion held to debate its $300 million plan to remake its flagship Fifth Avenue branch. We’re being told that the only way to save the library is to rip out its innards,” said David Nasaw, a panelist and a history professor at the City University Graduate Center, who called the plan “fatally flawed.” “It might be best to start over again,” he said. “This boat doesn’t float.”

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New York City portrayed online in 870,000 images

Associated Press – “The city Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database Tuesday. A previously unpublicized link to the images has been live for about two weeks. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the photographs feature all manner of city oversight – from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings. The project was four years in the making, part of the department’s mission to make city records accessible to everyone, said department assistant commissioner Kenneth Cobb.”

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