7 Insidious Myths About Libraries and Reading (the first two kill me)

Ask around among librarians and there is one thing that every one of them will agree about: The general public believes all sorts of strange things about libraries and reading. It’s a fact that even library lovers, many of whom are voracious readers, will occasionally make pronouncements that make me go hmm. Often times, these seemingly logical, common-sense, assumptions are based on ill-informed editorials or narrowly-focused news articles, rather than actual evidence. To answer these misstatements of fact, I’ve collected a few library and reading myths to dispel. Hopefully, after reading this, you won’t go around repeating them anymore!

10 Experiential Learning Activities for Non-reading Kids

Gardening is a fun and rewarding activity for kids and adults alike.

Tips from a Business Librarian: Are Professional Associations Worth Your Time?

When your business is brand new — or still in the planning stages — and the money is running out, why would you think of joining an association? Shouldn’t that wait until you are bigger and more established? Maybe so, but associations can also be your best friend. There are associations for just about everything, that have websites and newsletters, and sometimes member lists that you can access immediately. And how does this help you?

Soon After I Lost My Job — Library Editorial Cartoon

“As people continue to struggle in the wake of the Great Recession and the ever-widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else, they have turned to libraries to find the resources they need. Libraries have long been a site for job seekers; now they have begun staffing social workers and registered nurses to serve a wider array of needs — continuing a tradition of the library as a safe, welcoming, and supportive place for people to turn to.” — Kevin Moore, EveryLibrary’s 2017 Artist in Residence.

Here’s a Beautiful Reason for Loving Libraries : The Library Moment!

Not everyone has my luck — I love my job. I am a librarian.

Three Lessons I’ve Learned About People from Being a Librarian (plus a bonus one)

Library work is about people. Most library staff — from shelvers of books, to the clerks who check items and and out, to the librarians answers questions at the information desk — work directly with the public. I’ve done all of these jobs at many libraries over the last fifteen years, and throughout that time I’ve noticed that the same immutable truths of human nature seem to crop up regardless of a community’s demographics. Though some of them are library-specific, anyone who has worked in public service will recognize a few of these in their own experiences. Note: While I think some of these things are amusing, I don’t write them to lampoon my patrons; my aim, instead, is reflective. Let’s think about these lessons as a society, and see if there’s a deeper meaning in them. Here we go:

Five Mid-Century Modern Library Buildings That Will Make You Swoon!

Mid-century modern design has always had a wholesome influence on me. When I see a building, piece of furniture, type, or graphic design that is spare and functional, full of long lines and quadrilaterals, made of simple materials, and connected to its environment, it gives me a distinctly calm feeling. When I see a mid-century modern building, the world slows down, it makes sense.

Why Parents Should Rejoice That Their Young Readers Are Gobbling Up Graphic Novels

The graphic novel trilogy March, by Congressman John Lewis with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, gives readers a first-hand view of the civil rights movements. Book three won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. It is the first graphic novel to be awarded this prize.

Beating the Standardized Testing Blues with Libraries!

Now that school is back in session, students all over the country are getting ready for a few weeks of standardized tests that have become the reality every school year. Regardless of one’s opinion about the effectiveness of these tests, no one can argue that they wear students out. It’s pretty easy for kids and teens to get demoralized with day after day of multiple choice and essays. Certainly, they can expend some of their restlessness by running around in the park or by vegging out in front of the TV, those are both decent options. However, I contend that the library is the best antidote to the testing blues.

Fake News — Library Editorial Cartoon

"Everyone is talking about “fake news” these days — especially the people most responsible for it! But what is it really? Is this really a new phenomenon? Nope. It’s the same old disinformation, misinformation, and plain ridiculous information that gets passed around by malevolent and/or ignorant forces. (They’re not always easy to distinguish, these forces.) The only way to fight it is with educating ourselves. Thankfully our libraries are full of great sources on information on a wide variety of subjects!”   — Kevin Moore is EveryLibrary’s 2017 Artist in Residence.