Monday, September 19, 2016

Library-related News from Around the Web

CBC News: Smartphone charging stations come to Saskatoon libraries

By Josh Lynn
Aug 24, 2016

The new smartphone charging station at Francis Morrison Central Library. (Josh Lynn/CBC

Saskatoon Public Library is piloting a new, very 21st century service.

New smartphone charging stations have been installed at the Francis Morrison Central and the 20th Street branches...

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American Libraries: The Freewheelin’ Library

Stark County District Library lends bikes to cardholders

By Megan Perrero
September 8, 2016

BikeSmart bikes at Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio.
Photo: Stark County District Library

At the Stark County District Library (SCDL) in Canton, Ohio, you can borrow books, DVDs, and now bikes.

With help from kids in the community, SCDL started its BikeSmart program in June 2015. BikeSmart allows patrons to use their library cards to rent bicycles at one of six bike lending stations in Canton and Massillon. The program has returned for its second season...

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ABC News (Australia): Live at the library: Pianos help evolution of modern-day community space

By Brett Williamson
Sept 12, 2016

Jackie Gosling says images of libraries being stuffy and quiet places
have been left behind. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)

Pianos and libraries go together like oil and water, right? Wrong.

This unusual pairing is working in harmony for two libraries in Adelaide.

The pianos were rolled into the Goodwood and Unley libraries in February after being made redundant by hall renovations nearby.

"We thought that we would be able to encourage some of our staff, as well as the public, to have a bit of a go on them," Jackie Gosling, literacy and learning team leader, said...

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The Sydney Morning Herald: 'Book ninjas' are hiding free books on Melbourne's trams, trains and buses to get commuters reading

By Rob Moran
August 30, 2016

Bored of your Spotify playlist, your Facebook scroll, that whole Candy Crush thing my mum's still obsessed with? Keep your eyes peeled for a lonely book, hogging a seat on your afternoon tram, waiting for a curious reader to flip it open and take it home.

'Book ninjas' have been leaving hundreds of free books - classics, bestsellers and new releases - on Melbourne's inner city train, tram and bus lines, in a subversive attempt to bring reading back to workers' commutes...

The 'how-to guide' for book ninjas. Photo: Books On The Rail Instagram

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Moapa Valley Progress: Going On A Camping Trip

August 10, 2016
By Brynne McMurray

Librarian Katie Muns helps kids to pick out stickers to decorate their night sky bottles during the Summer Reading Program at the Moapa Valley Library on Friday. PHOTO BY BRYNNE MCMURRAY/Moapa Valley Progress.

Local children at the Moapa Valley Library branch got a whiff of fresh air this week as the library Summer Reading program encouraged kids to explore “The Great Outdoors.” The Friday story time hour had a camp theme this week.

The event opened with kids making their own “night skies” in bottles in the yard on the side of the library. The kids picked up empty mini water bottles and filled them with glitter, sequins, and gems before the librarians carefully helped them pour baby oil and water into the bottles. The children were then able to pick out what color they wanted their night sky to be. The librarians helped them to pour food coloring into their bottles. The bottles were sealed with colorful duct tape and decorated with stickers to make a swirling night sky for each child.

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