FAQs for Library Lovers: Snappy Answers for Grumpy Uncles and Other Haters

People misunderstand libraries. The majority of them don’t do it deliberately, they simply haven’t thought much about the institution. A quick conversation is usually enough to bring them around.

The Right Conclusion

“The public library isn’t anyone’s personal bookshelf. Everyone has a right to read, view, or listen to what they choose. And librarians are there to help them find it.” — Kevin Moore, 2017 EveryLibrary Artist-in-Residence

Libraries Are Not Free, and They‘re Worth Every Dollar!

Libraries are worth every quarter, too!

Alabama Libraries’ Best Parenting Resource: “Homework Alabama”

Libraries across Alabama have the homework solution that every parent needs: Free, live ‘Homework Alabama’ tutoring.

Need a Clean, Well-Lighted Place with Free Wifi? Try the Library

If your idea of a public library includes dusty shelves and people getting shushed, you might be overdue for a visit to your local branch.

You Will Truly Understand Libraries and Librarians By Reading These Books

Books and libraries, libraries and books, two words that are inseparable in the public imagination. But how many people truly understand libraries and librarians beyond their association with books? Because I suspect that the answer is “not many”, I want to — ironic twist forthcoming — recommend some books to help you gain an understanding of my challenging, unusual, and ultimately fulfilling profession. If, however, you want to preserve the myth that librarians read all day, that’s fine. Stop here, do not pass go, do not collect $200. For those who want insight on librarianship, read these books!

Useful Hacks for Making the Library Your “Home” Office

We all know that libraries are typically quiet and peaceful places, home to millions of books for readers of all ages. But over the past two decades, these sanctuaries have been used for much more than just perusing through volumes of publications. With the rapid increase of the gig economy, many freelancers on a tight budget have discovered the library to the be their “secret” office space to focus and get work done. Whether you’re a freelancer or just looking for a place to work outside the office, here are some quick and easy insider tips on how to make the best of your new favorite workspace:

Garbage Info — Library Editorial Cartoon

“Information overload has been a continuous problem since the Internet came of age. Algorithms meant to personalize the information we see and sell us products related to whatever we search for have only complicated the problem. Fortunately librarians can help you through the deluge and find the information you need.” — Kevin Moore, 2017 EveryLibrary Artist in Residence

5 Spooky Situations That Give Librarians Goosebumps!

Halloween is right around the corner so it’s time to let you into the crypt of library secrets! Not many things have librarians and library workers quaking in the stacks, but a few things do. Behold! Five dreadful doozies you’ll not soon be able to forget:

The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About

For librarians, as with many other professions, “Other duties as assigned” is code for tasks that are distasteful, off-kilter, or just plain gross.