Libraries

Libraries are Essential to Democracies. Schools Need to Take Note.

I loved this piece by Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, who makes a compelling argument that…

The New York Public Library Just Trolled All Our Book-Buying Punk Asses (On Black Friday) and IT IS MAGIC

Did you see the New York Public Library’s Black Friday advertisement in The New York Times? It’s astonishingly brilliant: co-opt…

Check it Out: Now I Know Why Carnegie Libraries All Look the Same

You ever notice from like blocks away that a building coming up was one of those Carnegie libraries? They all…

For the Love of Libraries in 35 Photos

Libraries are one of the most important educational institutions throughout the world. Period. Unlike schools, which operate in the crosshairs…

Yet Another Reason to Visit the New York Public Library: Authors’ Locks of Hair?

That’s not a typo. As shared in this recent New Yorker article, the famed library has lots of odd artifacts…

Humiliation, Multiplication, and Ice Cream

In the memoir Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, the author describes a scene in first grade where six-year-old J.D. realizes…

Reading Books in Their Settings

I love this list from the New York Public Library about reading books set in New York City in New…

The Boy Who Lived in a Library

StoryCorp’s video memoir of Ronald Clark, who grew up living in the Washington Height’s public library, will make you yearn…

Literature as “the operating instructions,” in Memory of Ursula K. Le Guin

Le Guin’s essays are some of the loveliest prose I’ve read recently, her style outmatched only by her astuteness for…

Libraries as Lifelines

Libraries are the other public education system.  In many ways, they have the potential to do things that public schools…
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