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Phone box has new life as library

A traditional red phone box has been recycled into one of the country's smallest lending libraries - stocking 100 books.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing

Library 101: project on the future of libraries

Michael sez, "Library 101 is a song, a video (with pics of over 400 library staff who submitted them to be in the video), 23 essays from some of the most respected minds in 'Libraryland' and resource list of 101 hyperlinked things we think libraries need to know to succeed as technology changes so many things for us and society.
Peter Applebome / The New York Times

A Quest to Read a Book a Day for 365 Days

Last Oct. 28, on her 46th birthday, Nina Sankovitch read a novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery. The next day she posted a review online deeming it “beautiful, moving and occasionally very funny.”
Sergey Brin / The New York Times

A Library to Last Forever

Op-ed by the co-founder and technology president of Google.
Julian Guthrie / San Francisco Chronicle

10th anniversary of Litquake

Begins Friday, October 9th -- 80 events over nine days and a crowd expected to reach 12,000
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy, LA Times

Final Day of of Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an event sponsored by the American Library Assn., the American Publishers Assn. and others. Click through to see the interactive map that shows which books were officially banned or challenged, and where, in 2008.
Paul Biba / TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home

NY Public Library and Kirtas team to make 500K public domain books freely available

Through their Digitize-on-Demand program Kirtas Technologies has partnered with The New York Public Library to make 500,000 public domain works from the Library’s collections available (to anyone in the world).
Bianca Licata / Santa Barbara Independent

Reading Fest Aims to Convert Young Men

Because of grant requirements—and the librarians’ overarching desire to improve today’s intellectual capacity—the county decided to extend the read to its youth, particularly males.
Brooks Barnes / The New York Times

Disney Tries to Pull the Storybook Ritual Onto the Web

In what it bills as an industry-defining moment — though rivals are sure to be skeptical about that — Disney Publishing plans to introduce a new subscription-based Web site. For $79.95 a year, families can access electronic replicas of hundreds of Disney books, from “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too” to “Hannah Montana: Crush-tastic!”
Author: Royal National Institute of Blind People

Reading Sight

Created to support librarians, teachers, voluntary workers and anyone interested in helping people with sight loss get access to reading and reading services.
Author: Jessica Belasco / Express-News
Published: 09/26/09

Reading on stage

For Hollywood actor Jesse Borrego, performing at Friday night's production of “Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story” at Jefferson High School combined two of his passions: theater and his hometown, San Antonio.
Author: Kelley King /
Published: 09/26/09

Reading dogs!

With a string of multicolored tags chiming on his collar, signaling his entrance, Baxter the basset hound turned heads and melted hearts as he trotted into the Loveland Public Library this week.
Author: Robin Pogrebin / NY Times
Published: 09/24/09

A tranquil new place devoted to reading and hearing verse

Poets House opens its spacious new home in Battery Park City: In the preface of his “Collected Poems,” Stanley Kunitz, a founder of Poets House in 1985, said, “I dream of an art so transparent that you can look through it and see the world.” ... the new Poets House, with interiors designed by the architect Louise Braverman, evokes that transparency.
Author: Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy, LA Times
Published: 09/17/09

Shakespeare in seconds: Instant book machine gets Google Books access

Today OnDemandBooks, the makers of the Espresso Book Machine, announced a deal with Google Book Search for access to the more than 2 million public domain books in Google's digital files. If you've got access to an Espresso, Shakespeare's "As You Like It" can be yours in less than five minutes and for about $8.
Author: Alex Borowski / Daily Lobo
Published: 09/21/09

Park(ing) artworks bloom in asphalt

Thirteen parking spaces in Albuquerque became miniature parks Friday as part of nationally recognized Park(ing) Day. Another “public park” on Las Lomas Road promoted reading, offering passersby a seat and a book.
Author: C. Zawadi Morris / The New York Times
Published: 09/15/09

Branch, a temporary Sunday library

A volunteer-run library springs up in a parking lot in Brooklyn. All of its books are donated by local residents and publishing houses, and since its outdoor launch two Sundays ago, about 250 people have signed up for free library cards.
Author: Stewart Houston Times
Published: 09/14/09

The Imagination Library

Created in 1996 by Dolly Parton in her hometown of Sevierville, the Imagination Library mails a new, age-appropriate, hardcover book every single month to registered children from birth to age 5, at no cost to the family and regardless of income, in Houston County. Children enrolled in the program receive an age-appropriate book until they turn 5 years old. The cost of delivering 12 hardback books to one child is $14 annually.
Author: Lisa Chinn / ABC
Published: 09/14/09

Philadelphia's Public Library to close

The public library in Philadelphia may be closing its doors permanently. It would be the first closure of a public library in a major American city. The library is the sixth largest public library in the nation, and its precursor, the Library Company of Philadelphia, created by Benjamin Franklin, was the first public library in the United States.
Author: Brian Zumhagen / WYNC
Published: 09/14/09

New York Public Libraries Expand Hours

Ten library branches around the city will now open earlier and close later to meet growing demand.

Reading rainbow rerouted to YouTube

ScienceWoman creates her own Reading Rainbow on YouTube.
Author: Ashley Harrell / SF Weekly
Published: 09/09/09

And nobody knows why

Man Completes S.F. Public Reading of 'Finnegans Wake' in 29 Hours, 15 Minutes.
Author: Debra Lau Whelan / School Library Journal
Published: 09/09/09

To dye for

Librarian auctions off hair color to benefit teen summer reading program.
Author: Alexis Mainland / The New York Times
Published: 09/03/09

Reading Underground

All about New York subway readers. Plus: The results of a poll on what people read on the subway, and don't miss this slideshow.