by Abby Spegman, courtesy of The Bulletin

Marni Hanna has a disclaimer for visitors to the Pacific Crest (OR) Middle School library: It’s not done.  “A lot of people walk in and say there’s not that many books,” said Hanna, the school’s media manager.

The shelves are about half full — the school opened late last year, and Hanna is still trying to gauge what sort of books teachers and students are most interested in. But there are other things missing: computers, since all the students have iPads; reference...


by Colin Dabowski, courtesy of The Buffalo News

Buffalo (NY) is a living library of great collections, each amassed through some combination of smarts, money and good timing.

From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s peerless masterpieces of modern art that pepper the pages of art history books to the world-renowned trove of James Joyce manuscripts and letters that draw scholars from around the globe to the University at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection, this city proudly protects many of the great accomplishments in the history of art, architecture, science and literature.

So it...


by Joseph Doucet, courtesy of The Daily Reveille

In the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, Baton Rouge’s West Chimes Street and the surrounding North Gates area was home to a small, yet devoted punk rock scene.  Author and former punk-rocker Tim Parrish, State Librarian of Louisiana Rebecca Hamilton, and filmmaker Bennet Rhodes have decided this almost 30-year period needs to be preserved as a document of one of the city’s most colorful subcultures.

All former members of the punk community, the three are creating “Red Stick Punkumentary,” a documentary film covering the punk scene...


Carl Schurz Park was dedicated as a Literary Landmark in honor of Louise Fitzhugh (1928-1974), who used the park as a setting in her novel for young readers Harriet the Spy.

The dedication was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication Harriet the Spy. The novel has become a classic that has entertained young readers and inspired future writers. Fitzhugh used this park and other familiar neighborhood sites in her novel. In the park, Harriet follows Ole Golly on her date with Mr. Waldenstein, gathers a frog to put in Marion Hawthorne’s desk at school, and plays a game of tag with the kids in her class. But most importantly, Harriet takes her notebook to the park and sits on a bench, writing under the...



One of the more recent big changes that we are implementing is the incorporation of more Brooklyn-based documentaries into our media collection. The Ursula C. Schwerin Library, serving the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (CUNY), is located in downtown Brooklyn. It’s a melting pot within a melting pot of sorts. By incorporating films and cinema highlighting local happenings, I feel that students are exposed to issues and events happening in their own backyard that they may be unaware of....READ MORE

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Buckley, Gail Lumet (author).
Feb. 2016. 352p. Atlantic Monthly, hardcover, $26 (9780802124548); e-book, $26 (9780802190697). 973.
REVIEW. First published February 1, 2016 (Booklist). Although it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write, Dr. Andrew Bonaparte Calhoun wanted a “sophisticated” butler, and so Moses Calhoun, Buckley’s great-great-grandfather, became literate and, upon emancipation, a highly successful Atlanta businessman. Lacing her assiduously researched and gracefully written family history into the very fabric of the Republic, Buckley captures the brief sense of possibility for African Americans after the Civil War and the vicious backlash that spawned the Ku Klux Klan...