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The Amazon Public Library

When Amazon announced their new Kindle Unlimited service last week, it certainly caught my attention.  For a fee of $9.99 per month, anyone with a Kindle can download as many eBooks as they can read from a selection of more than 600,000 titles.  It is all instant access, with no waiting lists.

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Say “Goodbye” to One Library Myth

For the past several years the Pew Research Center has studied our nation’s public libraries — how Americans view and use them, and what their future might be.  In the process, they have demolished more than a few myths and uncovered some surprises. One of those myths to fall under the weight of

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Slanted

I’ve spent considerable time working in the book stacks over the past year as part of our Genre Project.  Part of that project included identifying volumes on the shelves that were in poor condition and withdrawing them from the collection — librarians call that process “weeding”. Many of the titles I weeded had been read until they

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Failure is the New Cheese

The world of publishing is indeed mysterious at times.  I notice, with some regularity, that different publishers frequently issue books on the same topic at about the same time.  Of course, when it comes to big events like the 100th anniversary of the First World War, one would expect to see this. 

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British to Study Children and Mobile Devices

Modern electronic technology as we know it — the Internet, iPads, iPhones, eReaders, and everything else – is still a relative newcomer to the scene in terms of history.  We have only recently been made aware of its darker side.  I won’t go into the details of the research, but it indicates that

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The Book Business

Libraries and bookstores share much in common, and librarians have been known to jump ship and dive into the bookstore business, either as owners or employees.  I also know a few librarians who formerly were associated with bookstores.  Sometimes, a person just can’t get enough books! Those who have lived in McPherson

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It’s in the Bottle

One of the rewards of being a librarian is that I get to select the new books for the adult collection.  I’m always on the lookout for non-fiction that is unique, and I think that I have located one of the most unique books of the year.  A Collector’s Guide to Kansas

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Read it Before Hollywood Does

It’s been a common perception for a great many years that the Hollywood movie machine can take a book and turn it into a screenplay that has little in common with the story of the original author.  Movies have been made about it!  But in most cases — whether it’s in real

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Nat’l Library Week: Libraries and Art

Libraries and art have always shared a special bond.  Even from the times of the earliest libraries, art was incorporated into the space — and the very architecture of the buildings was art.  While the design of most libraries today doesn’t inspire the same degree of breathless awe as some of their Renaissance

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Nat’l Library Week: It’s a Blue Planet

One feature of our Children’s Library which is easy to overlook is the Blue Planet Globe.  Housed in a dark plexiglass case, the globe is designed to simulate the earth rotating in space.   A small electric motor inside the globe turns it so that each rotation equals 24 hours.  A light inside the globe