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Old 11-01-2015, 11:40 PM
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Default Shhh! This is the Library Thread

CDs. Audiobooks. Periodicals. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Shhh!

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Should we be asking ourselves, "Are libraries still relevant in these modern times?" Or should we be asking ourselves, "Why are we not at the library at this very moment, flipping through unspeakably beautiful photographs of water towers?"

The second one.

Did I mention, graphic novels?
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Old 11-01-2015, 11:42 PM
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I use the library every week. It's a wonderful place to teach my stupid kid not to be stupid.

But tbh their audiobook selection is a garbage heap.
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Many libraries now have media centers and maker spaces where you can literally make just about anything for usually less than the cost of materials...
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:02 AM
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I love mine. Also apparently so does The Atlantic, which was kind of weird to read!

It was also interesting to see that the recession boosted libraries. It makes sense, I just hadn't thought it through.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:27 AM
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Libraries are amazing! I read so many free books.

Hey, guess what? I'm in the midst of planning a pop-up library that's going to be opening this weekend and will run for the rest of the month.



It's going to take place in this cool shipping container that's been turned into a kiosk:



I've been working on this a lot recently. I helped with planning, worked on the letter to get supporters, found a food truck for the weekends, put fliers up all over the neighborhood, organized violunteers, and I've been selecting material for it from our local collection. We have a ton of community support for it and I think we're going to get a decent turnout.

I'm pretty dang excited you guys!
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Many libraries now have media centers and maker spaces where you can literally make just about anything for usually less than the cost of materials...
Make what sorts of things? I don't think our local library has anything like that.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:31 AM
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Make what sorts of things? I don't think our local library has anything like that.
3d printing, vinyl posters, green screen rooms with lighting and cameras, recording studios, button machines, etc. etc.

As an example here is what the Cincinnati public library has.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:18 PM
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Gosh I should probably post in this thread, what with me being a professional librarian and all. Though I've never worked in a public library, I've only ever worked at small community college campuses.

Most of my collection is related to the courses we offer here (from tradeskills to first year university and lots of stuff in-between), though I do have some flexibility in the budget to allow me to order more recreational reading.

And graphic novels >.>

I don't really have the money nor time for super creative stuff, and I keep looking at other large public libraries elsewhere with a bit of jealousy.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:03 PM
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I worked at a library when I was in college. Specifically our Special Collections Office. We had a lot of really cool rare old books there. One of them was a first edition Book of Mormon, and pilgrims would come from all over the country to see it.
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I worked at a library when I was in college. Specifically our Special Collections Office. We had a lot of really cool rare old books there. One of them was a first edition Book of Mormon, and pilgrims would come from all over the country to see it.
One of the most remarkable books that's come through my hands as a library circ page was a book cross-referencing the King James Bible with some other version of the Bible from a cult that I'd never heard of. The entire tome was just a massive list of chapter and verse numbers, all neatly indexed, with no explanation or commentary. Just holy book coordinates for some three or four hundred pages. I marveled at the insanely specific, meticulous, and above all staggeringly useless compendium of information. Although at least one person has checked it out.
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3d printing, vinyl posters, green screen rooms with lighting and cameras, recording studios, button machines, etc. etc.

As an example here is what the Cincinnati public library has.
hell yeah! I took Adam and Flawgic to see our downtown library when they visited*.

and this is what the old Cincy library used to look like:








* I'm a very exciting host
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Dang, UUDD, I'm coming to visit you, okay?
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It's true! He made even boring Ohio seem interesting!
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Goddamn I'd love to visit a Library like that.
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How is that not a set piece location for a movie where thieves are stealing books or where one spy is trying to escape another or all the books are becoming real or ALL OF THE ABOVE!?
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and this is what the old Cincy library used to look like:
I need to visit the city more often.
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I've been working on this a lot recently. I helped with planning, worked on the letter to get supporters, found a food truck for the weekends, put fliers up all over the neighborhood, organized violunteers, and I've been selecting material for it from our local collection. We have a ton of community support for it and I think we're going to get a decent turnout.
That's awesome - how did you get involved with this? (besides your library studies in general, I mean)
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That's awesome - how did you get involved with this? (besides your library studies in general, I mean)
I missed this when you posted it! I've been volunteering for an independent library for about three years now. I originally found them through one of my teachers. They're an awesome group, we do a lot of community events and get involved with lots of different local organizations.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:38 AM
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I loved volunteering at my local library before I worked there part-time. I recently left to work at a bookstore because I needed more hours in order to actually stay alive. But I miss it dearly and long to go back.
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Old 11-01-2016, 11:59 AM
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Man, if the front of my local library had been even one-tenth as cool as the façade on the Kansas City library, I'd have been begging to go there as a kid:



Even now, I'm imagining some giant peering down over his glasses to pick one of these up and flip it open.
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:06 PM
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I haven't gone to the library for years for myself (Amazon / Kindle have made it irrelevant for my reading), but my 2 year olds love picking out books and doing story time and whatever there.
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In what universe does Romeo and Juliet have the same number of pages as Lord of the Rings?
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:37 PM
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The universe depicted on that façade.
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:39 PM
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In the universe where it's a fun library design.
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I didn't know we had a library thread!

Crazy library story: a former colleague of mine was pistol-whipped and hospitalized when a couple of young punks decided to knock over their local library. And that's how I came to learn that library was on The Wrong Side of TownTM.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:22 PM
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I didn't know we had a library thread!

Crazy library story: a former colleague of mine was pistol-whipped and hospitalized when a couple of young punks decided to knock over their local library. And that's how I came to learn that library was on The Wrong Side of TownTM.
Anyone who steals from the library is an idiot but that seems particularly ill-advised. "Put the audiobooks in the bag and no one gets hurt!"

I actually have to do active shooter training next week, so I hope nobody up here is that dumb.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:20 PM
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Oh, I just got excited that there's a library thread! I'm a teen librarian myself, which is great because all my geeking out about anime, manga and video games can be used in my work life! This Saturday I'm hosting a Smash Bros tournament, and I'll be doing a Pokemon tournament at the end of the month!

Oh, and Sanagi, I feel you. I had to do the active shooter training too. Most depressing in-service day ever!
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I don't know why it took so long for me to realize it, but the library is a fantastic resource for cookbooks and travel guides.

The guides are very likely to be things I'll only use once (and often don't even take on the trip) so they're great for planning.

For cookbooks, getting to check it out and try a recipe or two really helps! There have been several books I thought I wanted from the description, but then I'd fine the recipes lacking in description or just not quite being what I thought they were.
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Library cookbooks are awesome for getting super specialized recipes too. No way I'd ever lay cash for 400 savory Asian-fusion pastries, but I will borrow that book in a heartbeat.
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Library cookbooks are awesome for getting super specialized recipes too. No way I'd ever lay cash for 400 savory Asian-fusion pastries, but I will borrow that book in a heartbeat.
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