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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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Is your local library a bestseller? — Mass. circulation rates tell an interesting tale

“In terms of circulation, some Massachusetts libraries are bestsellers. For others, it’s a totally different story. Data from the state Board of Library Commissioners show that certain communities see their library materials checked out far more frequently than others — in some cases, a startling 100 times more. The following map suggests that some of the busiest libraries in the state are on Cape Cod and the islands, in a cluster of affluent suburbs west of Boston, and in a few smaller communities in western Massachusetts.” (via The Boston Globe)

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SURVEY SHOWS FEWER AMERICANS ARE VISITING LIBRARIES

“Fewer Americans are visiting libraries – which means they’re missing out on the changes at such institutions, according to results of a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday at the Public Library Association’s annual conference in Denver.Pew has been asking American adults whether they visited a library in the past year. The first time, in 2012, 53 percent said yes. That has dropped steadily, to 44 percent last year.” (via The Associated Press)

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The reinvention of libraries, from public spaces to living rooms

“A decade ago, when print sales began to dwindle, and countless bookstores closed their doors, no one could have predicted that real, hard-copy books were going to make a return – with a vengeance. Today, not only are book sales rising (industry organization BookNet reports that print copies accounted for 80 per cent of total book sales in Canada last year), but public libraries are becoming increasingly cool places to hang out.” (via The Globe and Mail)

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Adapt or die: The evolution of Louisville’s public libraries

“For decades, libraries were simply repositories for books — a place where knowledge was stored by ink and paper, and if you wanted to learn about a subject you had to scour the stacks of books to find exactly what you were looking for.Today, the Internet is that place (or at least some of it is), where people go to learn about almost anything. The human experience, and nearly everything we have learned in our centuries of existence, has been digitized and is easily accessed by the smartphone in your pocket.Yet we still have libraries, quite a few actually, so how are they surviving in this digital age? They evolved. (via LEO Weekly)

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