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Coffee to diversity: Meet Newark’s new librarian, and his big plans

“The city’s public library has a new leader and he’s eager to widen the library’s reach in the community — starting with a new coffee shop. “I really see the library as a hub,” said Jeffrey Trzeciak, 50, who was appointed director of the Newark Public Library last month. “In some ways drawing people in but also connecting us and providing the glue that brings together all these organizations.” (via NJ.com)

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Pueblo library district opposing city pot store application

“The Pueblo City-County Library District is sending up red flares of opposition to one application for a city recreational marijuana store, which could be located across the street from the main library on Abriendo Avenue.The city’s Marijuana Licensing Authority is having three nights of meetings next week — Tuesday through Thursday — to review 15 applications for a recreational store license. The board will select eight next Friday to move on in the licensing process.” (via Pueblo Chieftain)

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Libraries can be a health lifeline for people most at risk

“Public libraries can provide vital support for people at high risk for health problems such as new immigrants and people dealing with homelessness, mental illness and substance use, say U.S. researchers.Their analysis of Philadelphia libraries and how communities use them concludes that libraries can offer specific programs that directly and indirectly improve health, such as classes to improve skills or literacy. Librarians can also act as support figures, connecting people with resources for basic needs like housing.” (via Reuters)

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Libraries in the age of inequality

“Trying to predict the future of anything — let alone public libraries — is a tricky task. But unequivocally we can say this: Libraries are not about to become purely digital endeavors. The notion that e-books will completely replace physical books is tired.So rather than dwelling on that topic, which has become a favorite pastime of armchair futurists, let’s focus on the people affected by libraries instead of the collections contained within them. Whether individuals prefer paperbacks or reading on a mobile device is trivial compared to the fact that American society is becoming highly unequal. The trend suggests a Dickensian future — albeit one filled with smartphones. The real question is: How will the mission of public libraries evolve in a world filled with such gross inequality?” (via Houston Chronicle)

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‘Amazing, spectacular, awesome’ new Havre de Grace Library opens to raves

“Denise Sconion has worked for many years at the Havre de Grace Library and what she sees in her new workplace had her beaming with pride Wednesday morning. “This is amazing,” Sconion said as library patrons gathered in front of the circulation desk after the new Havre de Grace Library formally opened. “I’m very proud of this building,” Sconion, who celebrated her 40th year with the library in 2015, said. “I’ve seen a lot of changes.” (via Baltimore Sun)

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