Here are a few of our favorite recent stories from around the web—from a deep-dive into fine-free policies to a list of the coolest library architecture around the world:
Ketab Lwast is a student-led organization bringing a mobile library and reading instruction to rural regions across Afghanistan. Many local children lack access to books, schools, or internet, so this volunteer effort is a powerful step toward increasing youth literacy. See the full story at American Libraries.
Public library systems in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more have eliminated monetary fines on overdue materials. Going fine-free helps libraries advance their mission of providing equitable access to all—studies have shown that fines disproportionately impact low-income readers and people of color. Read more at New York Times.
Today’s libraries offer far more than just books: they’re constantly evolving their resources and collections based on the needs of their communities. Libraries provide access to cutting-edge technology, engaging classes, and unexpected items like cake pans and prom dresses, as well as essential social services for people in need. Learn more at Boston Globe.
Libraries across America have started incorporating furry friends into their education programming. Kids of all literacy levels can sit and read aloud to a trained therapy dog; reading with a friendly pet helps learners relax and practice their communication skills without feeling judged. Read more at Public Libraries Online.
From a beach library in Bulgaria to a university library in Tokyo, these nine places of learning are at the cutting edge of architecture and design. This list is a great reminder of the many forms libraries can take in order to serve the unique needs of their communities. Check out the full list at Newsweek.
Libraries offer a vast array of resources for parents and caregivers—from storytimes and museum passes to parenting workshops and how-to books. Head to your library today to find fun and educational experiences for the full family. Read more at Parents.
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