Spokane Public Schools Turn a Cold Shoulder to Librarians

Spokane Public Schools Turn a Cold Shoulder to Librarians

Remember your favorite school librarian? In Spokane, Washington, future students might grow up not knowing what a librarian does. Two weeks ago, the Spokane, Washington Public Schools superintendent announced that librarians in public schools will be laid off before the academic year begins again in the fall, although the libraries themselves—generally very large rooms with hundreds of books and programs and resources that students need assistance navigating—will remain.   Image vIA eLLA’S lIST   Students will still have the opportunity to visit their school’s library, even if there’s no one to help them use it. As for library services, teachers …

These Teens Turned Their Old Books Into a New Wardrobe!

These Teens Turned Their Old Books Into a New Wardrobe!

Book Culture

Where do all those old books go when no one wants them anymore? Perhaps an island of misfit books? Maybe another dimension? In North Carolina, students made all that old fiction… fashionable.   At the New Hanover County Library in North Carolina, students and budding designers tapped into their artsy side to create something new. Fiction to Fashion is the library’s fourth annual design contest took place yesterday March 1st, where teens use old books, CDs, and cassette tapes to create something totally beautiful and unique! Check out last year’s show video:       Eighteen designs comprised the runway …

This Library Ended Overdue Fees for a Wonderful Reason

This Library Ended Overdue Fees for a Wonderful Reason

Overdue library fees are a problem. The longer you wait, the higher the fee- thus the less likely you are to actually pay that fee. Yes, you can get in trouble, but haven’t we heard those stories of books that are decades overdue? According to Mental Floss, there’s even a book that is 221 years overdue… Let’s not look at the overdue fee for that…   But there’s another problem with overdue library fees: It discourages people from utilizing libraries to their fullest potential.   One library in Salt Lake City decided it was time to stop charging patrons for overdue …