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Ferguson Municipal Public Library Named “2015 Library of the Year”

Beyond its role as a local institution, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library has become a model for communities nationwide.

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Following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown at the hands of Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri went from unassuming St. Louis suburb to urban battleground—a place where protestors and law enforcement famously clashed, and where the “Black Lives Matter” movement ultimately took form. It was during those tumultuous weeks of conflict that one local institution transcended its unassuming facade, becoming for many both a haven in the midst of chaos, and a beacon of hope for a city on edge. That institution was the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, which this week was given the well-earned honor of being named the Gale/Library Journal “Library of the Year.”

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This Pop-Up Library Will Be Built Entirely of Books

Lacuna will be unveiled at the Bay Area Book Festival this summer.

Bibliophiles in Berkeley, CA are dreaming up a library completely made of books. The pop-up installation, called Lacuna, will be constructed from 50,000 books they hope to give away for free at the first-ever Bay Area Book Festival this summer. The structure was designed and will be built by the FLUX Foundation, a local arts collective whose missions is to bolster communities through large-scale art installations.

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The National Library of China and the Beijing MTR hope to bring a little culture to the frazzling subway commutes of nearly 10 million daily subway riders in China’s bustling capital. The new initiative, titled “M-Library,” allows passengers equipped with a smart device to simply scan a QR code off of a poster on the subway car in order to gain access to the virtual shelves.

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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

Architizer's round up of mini, pop-up libraries from around the world will inspire you to pick up a book.

Libraries are among the most important of human institutions, warehousing knowledge accumulated over centuries, nay, eons. Libraries are also very alluring places, often built with ornate and cavernous reading rooms, vertiginous shelving for book storage, and winding secret passages. Originally built to protect books from ruin, libraries are generally gigantic bunker-like buildings. Inwardly focused, they restrict access to their treasure troves to those who whisper and can thrive without sunlight.

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Book Nooks: 7 Eco-Friendly, Modern Libraries To Drool Over

Here's a roundup of seven eco-friendly libraries from all over the world.

While it may seem like iPads and Kindles are taking over the world, there are plenty of us who still love getting lost between the pages of books. Even in today’s digital world, libraries remain a fantastic resource for education, inspiration, and the imagination, and they are an important part of our culture. While we know the books held within are really what deserve our attention, we also know that a beautiful space can really add to the experience of getting lost in a book. Keep reading for seven of our favorite modern libraries located around the world. They’re even eco-friendly, to boot.

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Street Smarts: The Uni Project's Outdoor Neighborhood Reading Room

The Uni is a portable reading room designed to help making books more accessible in urban neighborhoods.

How can books be more accessible in urban neighborhoods? At a time when public libraries are underfunded and bookstores are closing, the Uni Project is hoping to help get more people reading by bringing books to the streets, literally.

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