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About the Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library. Background information about the North Fitzroy Community Hub is available in the questions and answers below: What services will operate from the hub?

About the Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

The hub will to include: A new library to replace the current make–shift North Fitzroy library service which operates out of a shopfront in St Georges Road. The new library would be about three times larger than the existing library, and would provide better opportunities for reading, studying and relaxing.A family and children’s area which would provide maternal and child health services, feeding rooms and activity spaces for playgroups, occasional child care and other potential uses.Two seminar rooms within the library that would be available for community use.A large flexible community activity space that would be used by multicultural seniors groups but would also be available for community use. What will the building look like? The 2040m2 building will span three storeys, including a rooftop garden. How much will it cost? Planning Permit. How books are helping often violent prisoners turn into better men.

Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne, Australia where some prisoners take part in bibliotherapy sessions.

How books are helping often violent prisoners turn into better men

Photo: Paul Jeffers Nine men, some of them heavily tattooed and all of them in identical bottle-green, prison-issue sweats sit at a rectangular table in rapt silence. It's 1.30pm – story time. Susan McLaine, a petite and softly spoken volunteer, reads from a typed a4 sheet, carefully pronouncing each syllable. She doesn't project or exaggerate her inflections; this is not a performance. Today's text is The Other Room, by Rob Parkinson. The story is about transcendence and McLaine hopes it will resonate with her listeners. Susan McLaine runs a book program in a Victorian prison. "In a way, it's a little like you guys in here," she says, kicking off the discussion. One man's other room is the vegetable patch in the prison garden. Darren is one of the group stalwarts. "I feel my work is getting prisoners to think about the choices they made": Susan McLaine, bibliotherapist.

Makerspaces

Ebooks. Share This » Blog Archive » 50 Things You Can Borrow from Libraries Besides Books. When most people think of libraries, books come to mind — rows and rows of books as in the picture below.

Share This » Blog Archive » 50 Things You Can Borrow from Libraries Besides Books

Some might add that you can also find newspapers and magazines — or even movies, audiobooks and music — at your library. Picture of the interior of a library by jarmoluk [Public Domain] via Pixabay But there’s more — a lot more — inside your library than you might think. One of the things that impressed me about the library in the town where I grew up was that it was more than a place to check out a good book. One image in particular that stands out in my mind was my mother picking through grocery store coupons that the library maintained in a neat little row of boxes.

Borrowed time: Queenslanders are turning the page on libraries. Australians are borrowing fewer physical books, according to the latest snapshot on the country's libraries.

Borrowed time: Queenslanders are turning the page on libraries

Photo: Thinkstock Australians are borrowing fewer books, despite spending on the country's libraries being higher than ever. But the upside is e-books and other electronic resources are skyrocketing in popularity, with Queensland leading the way in spending on digital material. The latest Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report shows total expenditure on the country's 1530 public libraries growing from $914 million in 2009/2010 to $1.04 billion in 2013/2014. On a per capita basis, that represents a 9.1 per cent rise to $44.66. Queenslanders borrowed 37.2 million items in 2013/2014, down from 41.4 billion five years earlier.

That represents seven items per person each year instead of nine, behind South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT but ahead of Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. 2015-09-15_libraries_FINAL. Share This » Blog Archive » 50 Things You Can Borrow from Libraries Besides Books. Share This » Blog Archive » 50 Things You Can Borrow from Libraries Besides Books. NSW council library lends ukuleles - Government News. While many local council libraries embrace the digital shift to e-books, there is one library that has paid its respects to its folk roots and is lending out ukuleles as well.

NSW council library lends ukuleles - Government News

Wyong Shire Council, which hosts the popular Central Coast Ukulele Festival every September, has bought ten ukes and is making them available to borrowers at Tuggerah Library. Library Supervisor Susan Davy said Tuggerah was the first library in the region to tap into the uke craze and lend out the Hawaiian/Portuguese four-stringed instrument. Australian public libraries statistics, 2013-2014. Libraries at the Crossroads – New Research Released « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog. A new survey from Pew Research Centre highlights the issues currently facing American public libraries and provides food for thought for public libraries globally.

Libraries at the Crossroads – New Research Released « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

The report show that while citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend. Many Americans say they want public libraries to: support local education; serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants; help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills;

Little Free Library / NYC. Q&A with library historian Wayne Wiegand about the future and history of libraries. Wayne Wiegand, a Florida State University professor, is a world-renowned librarian historian studying the importance of libraries in the United States.

Q&A with library historian Wayne Wiegand about the future and history of libraries

On a tour of his book, “Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library,” Wiegand will be stopping at UNC’s Carolina Club today to deliver the 2015 Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture, hosted by the School of Information and Library Science. Wiegand spoke to Arts & Entertainment Editor Sarah Vassello about the future and the history of libraries in America as well as the importance of the library as a public space. The Daily Tar Heel: First of all, how did you become a world-renowned librarian historian? What makes libraries interesting to you? Wayne Wiegand: Well, actually, it’s got a North Carolina connection. These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles. Photo SACRAMENTO — Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore.

These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles

They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me.), telescopes and microscopes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), American Girl dolls (Lewiston, Me.), fishing rods (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Frisbees and Wiffle balls (Mesa, Ariz.) and mobile hot spot devices (New York and Chicago). Here in Sacramento, where people can check out sewing machines, ukuleles, GoPro cameras and board games, the new service is called the Library of Things. “The move toward electronic content has given us an opportunity to re-evaluate our physical spaces and enhance our role as a community hub,” said Larry Neal, the president of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, which represents 9,000 public libraries. “The web is swell,” he added, “but it can feel impersonal.” “It’s an experimental place to do free cool stuff,” said Jessica Zaker, 34, Sacramento’s central branch manager. Ms. Libraries of the Future: Tod Colegrove at TEDxReno.

What To Expect From Libraries in the 21st Century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh.

Programming in Public Libraries

Younger Americans and Public Libraries. How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.

Younger Americans and Public Libraries

This report pulls together several years of research into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities with a special focus on Millennials, a key stakeholder group affecting the future of communities, libraries, book publishers and media makers of all kinds, as well as the tone of the broader culture. Following are some of the noteworthy insights from this research.

Literacy Programs in Libraries

Mobile Libraries. Libraries providing spaces for homeless - RN Drive. Planning Documents.