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Audible Makes Hundreds of Titles Free Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, millions of individuals and families are forced to remain at home in an effort to flatten the curve. Fulfilling work and school tasks at home is the new reality for most, and many are grappling with the new challenges of what it means to socially isolate during a global health crisis.

While many are trying to lessen the blow and support small businesses by purchasing take-out, delivery, and gift cards, some familiar media companies are doing their part to help make social isolation a little bit more bearable.

 

For your time at home with your families, Audible is offering hundreds of audiobooks for free. This comes in an effort to help parents with children home from school, and the company is hoping to assist in keeping families calm and entertained. The announcement of Audible’s new terms came with the promise that “For as long as schools are closed, we are open.”

 

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The vast array of titles is divided into six categories: Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics and Folk & Fairy Tales for All. The audiobooks are available to stream on all devices.

In these rapidly changing times, it can be comforting to ground yourself in a story, new or old. Definitely check out all Audible has to offer.

 

 

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Breaking: NYPL Extends Location Closures

This is an update on the The New York Public Library closings that were initially only suppose to last until the end of the month on March 31. News came out this morning that they have extended the closures of all branches and research libraries. For now all locations will be closed until further notice. There are no solid dates on when they will be reopened but they did want to let us know that when they do reopen, due dates for physical books or other materials will be extended. They’ve also decided to cancel all public programs until the end of May.

 

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There is some good news though. The NYPL will be partnering with an online tutoring service. This will help provide students from Pre-K to 12th grade the ability to access private tutors. And they are constantly working to expand the number of research databases folks can access from home.

 

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New York Public Libraries Closed Due To COVID-19

You’ve read that right people. Starting this Saturday, March 14, TOMORROW, all New York Public Library locations will closed to the public until March 31st. The official decision was made to help support the wellbeing of our communities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. They hoping that, in doing this, it will help contain the virus, stop it from spreading to senior folks and others who are at a higher risk of catching it if exposed. During this time, NYPL will suspend late fees and extend due.  They will also try to expand the access to e-books. Which you can access on their app, SimplyE, using your library card.

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So everyone, do yourselves a favor and take care of yourselves. Make sure to wash your hands when you can, carry hand sanitizer and tissues with you. And PLEASE sneeze and or cough into the crook of your elbow or into your jacket. Most importantly, if you don’t have to be out, don’t be.  Look out for yourself and everyone around you. While you may not be able to access your local library, use this time to give your bookshelf some loving, instead.

 

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Trump’s Budget Plans Threaten Library Cut

To book readers everywhere, libraries are important. They provide a pressure-free environment for people to enjoy books and literature that isn’t present anywhere else. Sadly, however, libraries are under attack. For the fourth time during his presidency, Trump and his administration want to get rid of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  This choice is part of Trump’s 2021 budget that will push more funding towards military defense and NASA while cutting funds for social programs like Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the IMLS.

 

These cuts directly impact communities that revolve around their public spaces and social programs. In places like Cambria Heights in Queens, New York, this cut would remove the public library that serves as an educational space for the children who attended the nearby school.

Thankfully, Trump’s plans have not come to fruition. This is mainly because of pushback from library supporters and book readers alike. In the past three years, funding for libraries and the IMLS has actually continued to rise. This is quite exciting, but we can’t let people forget that libraries are an important part of every community. Like the president of the American Library Association (ALA), Wanda Brown, stated, libraries serve everyone in the community. “[The elimination of] federal funding for libraries [will eliminate] opportunities to serve veterans, upskill underemployed Americans, start and grow small businesses, teach our kids to read, and give greater access to people with print disabilities in our communities.”

 

Libraries are a necessity for the public and should be treated as such by the government. The ALA stresses that supporters of libraries and library services should email or contact their congressional representatives to ensure the future of libraries across the country. And don’t forget to visit your local library, check out some books, and enjoy the services provided.

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Fictional Libraries We Wish Were Real

Hogwarts LibraryHarry Potter

 

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The Hogwarts library is by far the most well-known when it comes to modern literature and pop culture. Our favorite trio of student wizards often sought out answers to problems from books in the library (magical stones, spells to breathe underwater, regular teenage stuff). Who among us didn’t dream of attending Hogwarts? Or of sneaking into the restricted section of the library under a cloak of invisibility?

 

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Beast’s Librarybeauty and the beast

 

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This library, literally from a fairytale, is as dreamy as you can imagine! Were you as shocked and surprised as bookworm Belle when you first saw the Beast’s library? Who wasn’t jealous of her for being gifted this incredible room? It almost makes the whole hostage thing okay.

 

 

Jedi archives, star wars

 

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Just imagine historical records dating back thousands of years, with maps and geographical archives of entire galaxies. This library literally contained ALL the information about cultures and species spanning centuries of time and space. All of that knowledge in one place sounds like the most complete library to ever exist (in our minds, at least).

 

 

the library, Doctor who

 

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A planet-sized library containing every book ever written? Sounds like the perfect planet to me. It even has a teleportation system to ensure that you can find your next read with immense speed. I can’t think of a better planet to live in than this one!

Sunnydale high library, buffy the vampire slayer

 

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The nostalgia is creeping in with this 90’s cult classic. Who didn’t want to have old supernatural texts and medieval weapons in their school library? So many emotional moments happened to the Scooby Gang in this very spot. With a library like that, we definitely wouldn’t mind staying after school to study.

 

Erudite headquarters, The divergent series

 

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Described as a large library with bookshelves covering the walls, the compound is where Erudite members study and work in their expertise: knowledge. Thought to be set in a dystopian version of Chicago’s Millenium Park, we’re pretty sure this tops the “Bean” sculpture when it comes to tourism.

 

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The breakfast club libraryThe Breakfast club

 

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The Breakfast Club library was where a brain, an athlete, a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal found out they weren’t so different after all. Not only did this movie give us all the feels, but it sort of made us want to be sent to detention. This one’s less about the books and more about the iconic moments and relationships built amongst them.

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