A woman in Mesa, Arizona, has saved more than $23,000 by borrowing books from her local library. Use our Library Value Calculator to learn how much you can save!
Libraries are Awesome
Algorithms dictate how many of us live our lives these days, setting parameters for automated tasks as diverse as recommending movies on Netflix and books to buy on Amazon to helping drivers navigate with GPS. But what are algorithms exactly and how do they work?
Cornell University Library in Ithaca, New York, is going to be making huge strides in helping the public learn about algorithms thanks to a grant it received from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS). The grant will support an 18-month project aimed at creating open educational resources on algorithmic literacy—building the public’s knowledge about what algorithms are, how they function, and how they shape modern life.
This Library Card-Sign-up Month, we’re celebrating the value of libraries! Do you love the library’s summer reading program, storytime, or book club? Checking out DVDs, magazines, or cake pans? Do you simply enjoy getting lost in the magic of a good book? We want to know how YOU library! Tell us for a chance to win some really awesome prizes.
It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM)! Held each September, LCSUM is an annual reminder that library cards empower individuals and communities by providing free access to technology, multimedia content, educational programming, and much more. A library card opens a world of learning for everyone and is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available.
We love the Biblioteca Gabriel García Márquez in Barcelona. Designed by SUMA Arquitectura, the library—named after Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Márquez—is a geometric wonder. Inspired by Ildefonso Cerdá’s design of the city’s Exiample district, the five-story, octagon-shaped building resembles a stack of open books with folded pages. The library also serves as a central community hub, offering workshops on creativity, languages, and digital literacy. And it was recently named the best new library of the year.
Neil Gaiman wears many hats: novelist, journalist, comic book writer, screenwriter, television producer, musician. And he’s a fierce supporter of libraries. The author of American Gods, Neverwhere, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, The Sandman, Coraline, and so many more has had a lifelong love affair with reading. (He’s even featured in a brand-new Celebrity READ poster from ALA Graphics!) And he credits librarians for fostering his curiosity about books and learning at a young age.
Gaiman spoke with I Love Libraries recently about libraries, his literary influences, book banning in the U.S., movies, and more.
Barack Obama has been professing his love for libraries—and his opposition to the recent increase in book bans—in a major way this month. The former President of the United States penned an open letter July 17 extending his and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s support to America’s librarians in an era of rising book challenges …