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WNYC News

Libraries and E-Books: Another Publisher Makes Titles Available

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The publisher Hachette announced Wednesday that it will make its full catalog of e-books available to nonprofit libraries like the New York Public Library. The move makes it the last of the so-called "Big Six Publishers" to do so.

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WNYC News

Libraries Eyed as Ripe for Development

Monday, March 18, 2013

With land getting scarcer in New York, real estate developers are increasingly eyeing city-owned property. Parking lots in housing projects, public schools, and even local libraries are some of the places that could turn into new developments.

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WNYC News

Talk: Exploring the Role of the City's Public Libraries

Monday, March 11, 2013

From help learning computer skills, to mastering English as a Second Language, the city’s public libraries are playing a bigger role in their communities. That’s the finding of a recent study by the Center for an Urban Future, and it’s also the topic of a symposium the group is hosting at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street on Monday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Connect the Dots

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The influenza epidemic has been keeping many New Yorkers home sick. Council Member Gale Brewer (D-6) explains the state of proposed sick leave legislation. Then, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joins to talk about what kind of gun policy he supports; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Sandy recovery aid package in Congress; Kevin Drum of Mother Jones on his reporting on the link between lead and violent crime rates; and a new Center for an Urban Future report examines the role of libraries in the digital age.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Giving Libraries Their Due

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

David Giles, research director at the Center for an Urban Future and the author of the report, "Branches of Opportunity", argues that New York City's public libraries deserve even more support in the digital age.

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New Tech City

New Report on Libraries Transforming in the Digital Age

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

E-books have not spelled the demise of the local library in New York. In fact, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future, 40.5 million people visited the city’s public libraries, more than all of the city’s professional sports teams and major cultural institutions combined.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: The Future of Libraries

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Despite the growth of e-readers and digital technology, New Yorkers are spending more time in libraries than ever.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Readers and Writers

Sunday, January 06, 2013

On this show we look, comically and seriously, at readers and writers, with guest host John Lithgow.

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Features

In Reversal, Major Publisher to Offer E-Books to Some City Libraries

Friday, June 22, 2012

One of the largest book publishers will allow the Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries to begin lending its e-books under a pilot program this August.

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Features

E-Books, Caveats And All, May Be Boon to Cash-Strapped Libraries

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing, and now libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles. But finding an e-book can be tough.

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Features

Library Reps Poised to Fight $100M in Cuts

Monday, May 14, 2012

Representatives from the city’s three library systems will testify before the City Council Monday about how the mayor’s proposed $100 million in cuts would impact patrons.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx talks about the library's plan for its 42nd Street building, and will address the criticism and controversy over those plans. that Scott Sherman and Caleb Crain raised on our show on March 12th

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Controversy at the New York Public Library

Monday, March 12, 2012

Over the last few years, even as cutbacks have been made in the system’s 87 branches, the New York Public Library has renovated the 42nd Street main library and officials are now looking to construct a new state-of-the-art computer-based library. Scott Sherman, a contributing writer for The Nation and Caleb Crain, a former Fellow at the NYPL and author of American Sympathy, talk about the proposed changes, staffing cuts and construction plans – and the controversy they’ve created. Sherman’s article, "Upheaval at the New York Public Library," appeared in the December 19 edition of The Nation.

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Features

City Libraries Want Young Readers to Turn Over a New Leaf

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The "New Chapter" initiative lifts overdue fines for patrons under 18 at New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library branches through October 31.

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WNYC News

A New Chapter: Queens Library to Resume Book Purchases

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Queens Public Library is buying books again after budget cuts in 2010 forced the library to stop adding to its collections.

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The Takeaway

2010 Librarian of the Year on the Library of the Future

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Libraries around the country are falling victim to the weak economy. Suffering from budget cuts, many are in danger of closing. But in Louisville, Kentucky, the public library system is growing. 

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WNYC News

Snapshot | City Workers Rally Against Layoffs and Budget Cuts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thousands of city workers rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday, following a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts to teachers, childcare, parks and library workers.

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The Takeaway

Discovered Letters Inspire Readers at Troy Library

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Forty years ago, E.B. White – the author of "Charlotte’s Web," "Stuart Little", and many other beloved children’s books – wrote a letter to the children of Troy, Michigan, at the request of a librarian in Troy’s new public library. "A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered." White was just one of the famous authors and public figures who responded to librarian Marguerite Hart’s request for letters to urge the children of Troy to read.

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WNYC News

NY Public Library Encourages Kids to Chill Out with Summer Reading

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The school year isn't over yet, and technically it isn't even summer. But as temps soared into the 90s Thursday, the New York Public Library launched its annual summer reading program. And for the first time, the library will let students count Internet reading along with books in their summer diaries.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Library Centennial

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The New York Public Library's flagship building on 5th Avenue is celebrating its centennial this weekend. Paul LeClerc, president of the NYPL, talks about the role of the library.

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