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Welcoming Libraries: How Communities’ Favorite Public Institutions Are Settling New Immigrants

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If you’re listening to the presidential debates, you know immigration continues to be a hot issue in America. Foreign-born residents now constitute nearly 13% of the American population, a rate not seen since 1910. A new report from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) entitled “Welcome, Stranger: Public Libraries Build the Global Village” reports on trends for the spread of immigration into new cities, and the role public libraries play in welcoming and settling new residents

Mail-A-Book: Making the Personal Connection

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Queens Library’s Mail-A-Book Service allows homebound customers to borrow library materials, including books and audiobooks, regular and large-print books, movies on DVD and music on CDs without leaving their homes, nursing homes, adult care centers, or assisted living facilities. Though Mail-A-Book serves all ages, its primary customer base consists of older adults. 

From Ancient Societies to the Modern Day, the Library Endures

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In this remarkable story, Stuart A.P. Murray traces the elaborate history of the library from its very beginnings in the ancient libraries of Babylon and Alexandria to some of the greatest contemporary institutions—the Royal Society of London, the Newberry Library, the Smithsonian, and many others.  Illustrated with 130 rich color photos, readers can follow the fascinating progress of the institution we now know today as the library. A rich textual and visual resource, The Library will delight patrons and library staff alike.

An Eye on Censorship

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Within a week very recently, two similar tales were unfolding publicly in different parts of the country.

In Mississippi, a high-schooler is holding on to her school library's copy of Ellen Wittlinger’s young adult novel Sandpiper.

In Lewiston, Maine, a parent refuses to return Robie Harris' acclaimed sex education book It's Perfectly Normal.

It's the bane of nearly every library's existence – too many books aren't returned by their due date.  There's a litany of reasons for this: forgetfulness, lack of concern or, often, sincere attachment to or interest in the publication. 

Unfortunately, there's another, more disconcerting reason some people don’t return their books.  They don't think anyone else should read them.

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