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The New York Times

Melissa Gomez

9 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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As the New York Public Library's career counseling offerings have grown, one of the most popular features has been an interview clothing rental service. Just as they might check out a book for a set period, patrons ca...

Quartz

Jenny Anderson

5 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Public libraries have remained one of the last public non-commercial spaces where people from all walks of life can coexist and learn. New York Public Library in particular is working to improve and expand their servi...

CityLab

Linda Poon

23 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Public Library Insta Novels program makes public domain works available to be read on Instagram. Featuring engaging artwork and a user friendly format, Insta Novels make literature available to users with...

Metro

Kristin Toussaint

15 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Public Library Riverside lends out ties, briefcases, and handbags. The program helps those attending graduations, job interviews, and other events who may not be able to afford such items. It’s part of a ...

NationSwell

Adrienne Day

27 July 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Public libraries are hubs of information and increasingly of social support services. San Francisco Public Library was one of the first in the country to break out of the stacks to respond to local needs. Social worke...

Hyperallergic

Jasmine Weber

20 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Culture Pass is a new program providing New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library card holders with opportunities to visit New York City cultural institutions for free. In the first four days of the program, thous...

The New York Times

Andrew Chow

16 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Through their library card, New York City residents can now receive free admission to over thirty prominent cultural institutions. The goal of this new program, named Culture Pass, is to designed to provide underserve...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Anna Lekas Miller

6 July 2018

Berlin, Germany

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In Germany, where the political ramifications of more liberal refugee policies are becoming known, the city of Berlin has become home to an "Arabic-language literary and cultural center," housed in a public library. T...

Christian Science Monitor

Dean Paton

18 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After realizing that their system of fines for lost and late books was actually preventing kids and young people from reading more, L.A. libraries instituted a new program that's already showing results. The program, ...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

12 June 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Librarians across the nation are being trained to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. In Denver’s Central Library, 350 staff members were trained to administer the drug. “Libraries in New ...

Los Angeles Review of Books

Ruth Ebenstein

5 May 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Book Truck is a nonprofit that addresses the issue of "book deserts" in Los Angeles by providing free books and literacy programming to over 10,000 teenagers across the city. The truck was established in 2012 and ...

High Country News

Leah Todd

6 April 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Across the United States, tribal lands have the lowest access to internet, an issue that restricts opportunity and education in those areas. In New Mexico, several small tribes have partnered to lay fiber-optic cables...

KNME-PBS

Antonia Gonzales

6 April 2018

Cochiti, New Mexico, United States

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Faced with slow and expensive internet service, the Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium was created to establish four New Mexico Pueblos to improved service through collective work, collective bargaining, and f...

Chicago Tribune

Elvia Malagon

28 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, three new projects are mixing affordable housing and a library in the same building. It is hoped that this will foster a sense of community as well as create job opportunities and programming for residents.

Bright Magazine

Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

19 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Does death belong in the classroom? Some educators think so, that’s because they argue that “emotional health is inextricably linked to learning.” They agree that teachers should be key to helping students process tra...

The New York Times

Catherine Saint Louis

30 July 2017

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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From New York to Ohio to California, librarians have teamed up with the USDA summer food service program, along with other non-profits, to feed kids dependent on free/reduced-price lunches during the school year. Usin...

Bright Magazine

Kristi Eaton

6 July 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Libraries have expanded their roles to be community centers where people can connect with social services and other local agencies for needs from homelessness to food insecurity to mental illness. Libraries are one of...

CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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With new mayor-ordained shelters and support services unlikely to function until 2020, NYC’s 60,000+ homeless population is left in need of assistance in the meantime. But recently, an anti-homelessness nonprofit—Brea...

Shareable

Anna Pratt

16 November 2016

Lafayette, California, United States

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Libraries in the United States have traditionally been centers to consume information, offering users books in quiet isolation. However, a new movement across the country is transforming libraries by providing interne...

Small Towns Big Change

Ellen Berkovitch

7 October 2016

Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States

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In New Mexico, independent libraries that operate as non-profits provide services—in addition to traditional library services—that are not readily available throughout the state and especially in rural areas. Librarie...

Santa Fe Public Radio (KSFR)

Lucia Duncan

4 October 2016

Dixon, New Mexico, United States

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In New Mexico, public libraries are funded by municipalities. That means, if you live in an unincorporated town, there’s no funding stream for a local public library. But, in northern New Mexico, residents in severa...

The Big Issue

Christine Ro

14 July 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The first Human Library emerged in 2000 in Copenhagen, and has since exploded in popularity to the point of operating chapters in more than 70 different countries. The concept is that readers should not judge a book b...

Civic Hall

Jessica Mckenzie

3 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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New York Public Libraries are closing the digital divide by offering tech trainings, that have already been very successful as indicated by their long waitlists. Attention is now turned towards growing these programs,...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

11 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Throughout the country, libraries are hosting “maker spaces”—places where patrons can use technological tools to develop and fabricate their ideas and use the library to not only consume but create.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 February 2016

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In the aftermath of the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, the city relies on the public library as a grounding location that welcomes all. Though the library has seen drastic cuts in funding and staff, it invests in co...

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