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Elder guidance, storytelling and language focus of Calgary Central Library’s new Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

"Calgary's recently opened new Central Library will soon have a dedicated resource centre aimed at preserving Indigenous languages. The Indigenous Languages Resource Centre, a first for Calgary, is being supported by a $1-million investment from the province, officials announced on Wednesday. "The Calgary Public Library is thrilled to support this important Indigenous languages initiative. This … Continue reading Elder guidance, storytelling and language focus of Calgary Central Library’s new Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

"Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises us to ditch reading we don’t find joyful. But one’s personal library should do much more than anthologise warm feelings." . . . "The metric of objects only “sparking joy” is deeply problematic when applied to books. The definition of joy is: “A feeling of great pleasure and happiness, a … Continue reading What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

This American Life: “The Room of Requirement”

"Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just … Continue reading This American Life: “The Room of Requirement”

The Digital is Ephemeral: Ebooks and the Future of Library Collections

"The reality is that “purchasing” digital content is not the same as “owning” it — at least not in any way that we’ve historically understood it. An individual owns a house until an ember ignites the roof and the house burns to the ground. A library owns a book until the spine splits and the … Continue reading The Digital is Ephemeral: Ebooks and the Future of Library Collections

Classic Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (from the December 1868 issue of The Atlantic)

"That such a book should find an enduring place in the affectionate admiration of mankind is an inevitable result of the highest moral and mental excellence. Conceived in a mood of large human sympathy, and expressed in a delicately fanciful yet admirably simple form of art, it addresses alike the unlettered and the cultivated, it … Continue reading Classic Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (from the December 1868 issue of The Atlantic)

A Library Straddling the Border is Giving Immigrant Families a Safe Place to Reunite

"This year, as migrant families from Latin America were separated at the U.S. southern border, a more nuanced reality has been playing out on the northern frontier with Canada. Here, dozens of Iranian families have reunited at the Haskell library. Drawn by word-of-mouth and a smattering of social media posts, they have come to the … Continue reading A Library Straddling the Border is Giving Immigrant Families a Safe Place to Reunite

Night of Camp David: the return of a 1965 book about an insane president

Written by the late journalist Fletcher Knebel – “the grandfather of the modern political thriller”, in the appraisal of critic Terry Teachout – Night of Camp David was originally published in the stream of Washington suspense novels that surged after the Cuban missile crisis. Many of those books – Seven Days in May, Fail Safe, … Continue reading Night of Camp David: the return of a 1965 book about an insane president

Kuwaiti artist creates graveyard for books to protest government’s literature ban

A Kuwaiti artist has created a cemetery of books to protest the government's ban on thousands of pieces of literature in recent years. The art installation itself, named "A Cemetery of Banned Books", consisted of more than 200 headstones and was erected close to the location for Kuwait's annual book fair. It was removed by … Continue reading Kuwaiti artist creates graveyard for books to protest government’s literature ban