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Here Are the Ten Most “Challenged” Books of 2014 According to the American Library Association

From kite runners to gay penguin families, these are the books your local librarians are fighting for

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The American Library Association has released their annual “State of America’s Libraries” report, and for anyone interested in one of the country’s most important educational resources, it’s a must read.

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World's Longest Book Domino Chain Toppled to Promote Summer Reading

The Seattle Public Library began its Summer Reading Program with a record-breaking 2,131 book domino chain.

To kickoff its Summer Reading Program, the Seattle Public Library aligned some 2,131 hardcover books across floors and bookshelves before toppling them over in classic domino fashion.

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A Stunning Library and Clinic Made From Shipping Containers

The Amin library is an eight room library and educational center housing 6,000 books available for the locals in the region.


Recently we talked about a bridge in Tel Aviv, made entirely of shipping containers. This method of building cuts costs, recycles materials, and builds beautiful, sturdy structures without creating more waste. Now, dpavilion Architects have created a building in Batu, Indonesia, incorporating these same principals, but taking it a step further, by focusing on the inside of the structures for good as well. The Amin library is an eight room library and educational center housing 6,000 books available for the locals in the region—a small agricultural town, polarized because of the gap between rich and poor. The project, which also includes a small clinic, is accessible to all.

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New York Designer Creates the Most Polished Phone Booth Library Yet

Is the pay phone an anachronism or an opportunity? Designer John Locke can upgrade one into a book nook in five minutes flat.

When's the last time you used a pay phone? We're guessing it's been a while. Those fixtures of urban living are fast becoming relics and John Locke, architectural designer and "spontaneous interventionist," can upgrade any old drab phone booth into a pocket library in five minutes flat. "Is the pay phone an anochronism, or an opportunity?" asks Locke.

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Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library

Local libraries are no longer just reading rooms. They're becoming noisy, interactive, hands-on laboratories of innovation.

In my elementary school years I and my siblings spent many hours in our local library in Washington D.C. It's where we would wait for my mom or dad between the end of the school day and the end of their work day. Our library was a modest brick building filled with stacks and stacks of books and a few big tables where we would read or do our homework. A stern librarian sat behind a high desk aggressively shushing any chatter. Learning in those walls was solitary and silent and visual.

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Should College Students to Be Able to Pay Their Way Off Wait Lists?

With wait lists thousands of students deep, California's community colleges say they'll add more class sections if students pay full price.

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