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Did You know Your Library Has…….?

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Today’s modern libraries offer e-book and e-magazines, plus movies on DVD and other digital items such as services as free Wi-Fi, used bookstores. 90% of libraries now offer e-books for your device, and 39% lend e-readers to library patrons. Public libraries across the country are getting creative when it comes to being a resource for their communities. Michigan’s Ann Arbor District Library loans out art prints for two months. Library users can also check out art supplies with dies, musical instruments and microscopes. Board games, fishing poles and tackle boxes are available in Michigan’s St. Clair County Library System. And it’s not just household items. The Mesa Public Library in Arizona has a seed library, where library card-holders can get three free seed packets a month to start a garden.

New York Libraries has I-pads, and computers for the toddlers and gaming equipment like X-box and PS4 for teens, adults and seniors.

Indianapolis’ library system  and a host of others,offer students the ability to text a librarian or email or chat with a tutor for free).

If your child has prepared for the SAT/ACT and is ready to start applying to colleges, libraries also have information on awards, grants and scholarship that can help tremendously with the cost of college tuition.  

Treadmill work stations offer a way for library patrons to burn a few calories while reading or surfing the web. Three branches of the Phoenix Public Library allow visitors to reserve walking computers for 30-minute sessions. Central Library in Phoenix and THINKspot at Red Mountain Library in Mesa, Ariz., are two such maker spaces that provide tools and resources for exploring science, technology, engineering, math and art (STEAM).

Libraries offer public access to specialized equipment like 3D printers, as well as training and a collaborative environment in which to create. Other libraries offer classes and services for aspiring artists, novelists and people interested in learning out-of-the-box skills. The Bubbler at Madison Public Library in Wisconsin holds courses ranging from videogame design to screen-printing and painting. Brooklyn Public Library  in New York offer classes in digital camera editing.

Local artists have also used the Media Lab facilities at the Madison Public Library to record and produce their music.

 Libraries have been shifting from book repositories to community learning centers for years. Today many libraries offer online classes, workforce training, tax aid, health promotion, and resume and career-building support.

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What You Don’t Know About Children’s Books

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The Best Children’s Books Of All Times

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (1950)
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (1906)
WINNIE-THE-POOH (1924)
THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT (1901)
OUR ISLAND STORY (1905)
TREASURE ISLAND (1883)
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS (1930)
THE SECRET GARDEN (1911)
THE HOBBIT (1937)

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Derek Jeter & The Contract

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Super star Derek Jeter has joined with Simon and Schuster to establish  Jeter Publishing, an elaborate co-publishing partnership that will release adult nonfiction, picture books, middle-grade fiction and more. Derek Jeter now has a book out titled “The Contract a children’s book released this month

Derek’s parents’ taught him“you can do anything you want in life, if you work hard enough and stick with it.” They put together a contract for Derek—its rules include “Respect Others,” “Respect Yourself,” and “Work Hard”

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Copyright Making Books Disappear?

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A random sample of new books for sale on Amazon.com shows three times more books initially published in the 1850’s are for sale than new books from the 1950’s. Why? Professor Paul J. Heald, of the University of Illinois College of Law, and visiting professor at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Britain’s Bournemouth University conducted a study. The study presents new data on How Copyright  Make Books and Music Disappear, (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs). 

 Heald took “a random sample of 2300 new books for sale on Amazon.com,” also performing a similar analysis on music. He concluded that “Copyright status correlates highly with absence from the Amazon shelf,”  “Together with publishing business models, copyright law seems to stifle distribution and access.”

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