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Appropriations Committee Voted To Approve Funding for Libraries

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The full House Appropriations Committee voted to approve FY2018 funding for libraries. By a 28-22 margin, the committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill, which proposes roughly $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—including $183.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) programs, and $27 million for the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program—essentially at 2017 funding levels.

In addition to saving the IMLS, the LHHS bill includes level funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. However, it funds the Department of Education (DOE) at $66 billion—a cut of $2.4 billion from 2017, which includes the elimination of some important library-related programs, including the DOE’s Striving Readers program. ALA officials said they would work to restore it.

Meanwhile, on July 18, the House Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-21 margin the FY2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations, which includes $145 million each for the NEH and the NEA, roughly equal to FY 2017 funding levels.

The key votes come after President Trump’s call  in May to eliminate IMLS and virtually all federal funding for libraries, as well as a host of other vital programs and agencies, including the NEH and the NEA. And, it comes after Congress, earlier in May, passed a belated 2017 budget that actually upped the IMLS, NEH, and NEA budgets.

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New Book Out -Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide

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Michelle Young and co-founder Augustin Pasquet wrote  and provided photographs for their book  Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide

Some of the unusual places featured in their book consist of the Roosevelt House at Brooklyn College, The Puppet Library features over 100 puppets, some as large as 20 feet tall, that sit on the bleachers of a gymnasium.

Abandoned Shooting Range in the Park Slope Armory

The militia of the 14th Regiment once used an extensive, multi-level shooting gallery below the Park Slope Armory.

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Abandoned shooting range

Puppet Library located below Park Slope Armory

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Park slop Armory once home to the 14th Regiment of the U.S. militia

 

   Wild Parrots of Brooklyn

The best way to see the parrots is through a monthly free tour run by Steven Baldwin, who estimates there are 150 Quaker Parrots in Brooklyn today.  The parrots are more famous for roosting in Green-Wood Cemetery, the location where you can see the parrots most up-close is on a leafy residential street in Flatbush.

The fake Town House in Brooklyn Heights  building number 58 is not what it seems; it is a fake brownstone, behind which lies a hidden subway ventilator. It also functions as a emergency exit.The fake brownstone on Joralemon Street is also rumored to serve as a secret passageway to the 4/5 trains running in the tunnel below. A writer for the Brooklyn Heights Blog swears that he saw a glimpse of the 4/5 station when he peered inside the metal door marked “Exit 1

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Substation #21, active since 1908. The substation was built to power the IRT subway extention from Atlantic Avenue to both Flatbush Avenue and New Lots Avenue.  It’s a real gem because it simultaneously houses both vintage equipment and modern functioning equipment.

New York City’s Museum Of Ice Cream

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The chocolate chamber. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

Photograph: Bebeto Matthew/AP

For the month of August, a studio space across from the Whitney Museum has been transformed into the Museum of Ice Cream where visitors can swim in a pool of rainbow sprinkles. The six-room experience is a sensory delight that looks like a hipster paradise – all the wall art is selfie-friendly, and the sprinkle pool has a mirror hanging above it.

 

 

The 3D Printed House

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The 3D Print Canal House is a three-year publically accessible ‘Research & Design by Doing’ project in which an international team of partners from various sectors works together on 3D printing a full-size canal house in Amsterdam.
The building site is designed as a growing exhibition and open to the public. The feedback from audiences generates input for research and market explorations:

The 3D Print Canal House consists of 13 different rooms that each consist of various elements. Each room showcases a research update in shape, structure and material. The house is printed with the KamerMaker – a gigantic FDM printer that can print elements of 2 x 2 x 3,5 meters, developed by DUS. The building site is located in Amsterdam North.

 

Thirty Finalist For The National Medal for Museum & Library Service

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Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select museums and libraries with the nation’s highest honor,
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National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The Thirty Finalist For 2016

Libraries

  • Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Dallas Public Library (Dallas, Texas)
  • Haines Borough Public Library (Haines, Alaska)
  • Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (Champaign, Illinois)
  • James E. Brooks Library at Central Washington University (Ellensburg, Washington)
  • Juneau Public Libraries (Juneau, Alaska)
  • Kitsap Regional Library (Bremerton, Washington)
  • Longmont Public Library (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Madison Public Library (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • North Carolina State University Libraries (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Otis Library (Norwich, Connecticut)
  • Richland Library (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) (San Mateo, California)
  • Santa Ana Public Library (Santa Ana, California)
  • Terrebonne Parish Library System (Houma, Louisiana

Museums

  • Chicago History Museum (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Children’s Museum Tucson (Tucson, Arizona)
  • Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum (Dallas, Texas)
  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, Massachusetts)
  • Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
  • Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, Wisconsin)
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children (Gulfport, Mississippi)
  • Mid-America Science Museum (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz, California)
  • Nantucket Historical Association (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
  • Tomaquag Museum (Exeter, Rhode Island)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, New York

Winner to be announced soon

30 Finalists For The 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities

The Finalist 2016

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored in a White House ceremony

Sleepovers @ The Museum….For Adults

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