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For the homeless, taking shelter — in a book

“When I appear at the fence of the Glendale homeless shelter with my rolling suitcase, I hear cries of “It’s the book lady” or, if I’m with my daughter, “It’s the book ladies; let them in!” At that point, we are allowed to cut to the front of the line and pass through the gate without being wanded or searched. We then head for a table in the hall where we empty our suitcase and spread out our books. Since I’m on the board of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, I collect most of the books I bring from the red-dot, super-sale bookshelf at the library. These are donated books that no one purchased at the library’s sale.” (via latimes.com)

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10 facts about Americans and public libraries

“Technology and the internet are changing Americans’ reading habits and also their relationship with libraries. Half of Americans now own a tablet or e-reader and libraries have responded by expanding their digital offerings. But what hasn’t changed is Americans’ love for books. American adults still read about as much as ever and overwhelmingly say libraries play an important role in their communities. In advance of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Convention (#alamw14) in Philadelphia, here are some key facts and trends we have chronicled in our research on America’s public libraries.” (via Pew Research Center)

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Between jailed parents and their children, reading time

“The elementary-aged sisters didn’t seem thrilled to be in the library. The two girls stuck close to their mother, Ann, as volunteers led them into a room with CD players and books. But when a volunteer pressed “play” on one of the devices, the girls’ expressions changed from apathetic to awestruck. The Selby Library hosted the first “Read to Me” event on Saturday, where the children of parents serving sentences in the Sarasota County Jail could listen to a recording of their parent reading a children’s book.” (via HeraldTribune.com)

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Library offering students blind dates with a book

“You don’t have to worry about meeting up with anyone new when you go into Drake Memorial Library to find your “blind date.” This blind date is a book. College at Brockport junior, Lucie Jutsum, said she and library employees, first saw the idea on Tumblr. “It seems to be really popular in other libraries around the country,” Jutsum said. “The idea has really taken off.”

Jutsum said she brought the idea to Wendy Prince, evening library supervisor.” “I had seen the idea before, but hesitated because I knew it would take a committee to make a successful display,” Prince said.” (via The College at Brockport)

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Want To Read Others’ Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

“Your ability to “read” the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read. That’s the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction. On average, people who read parts of more literary books like The Round House by Louise Erdrich did better on those tests than people who read either nothing, read nonfiction or read best-selling popular thrillers like The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel.” (via NPR)

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