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Past, Present & Future of Libraries: A Conversation

A mind-expanding conversation about libraries, past, present, and future — complete with snacks and mojitos — makes for a great start to the workweek. Last night, Libraries Without Borders held a panel discussion fundraiser on the topic “Past, Present & Future of Libraries.” Special guest Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History, talked about […]

Empowering Children with a Home Library

I confess. I’m a book hoarder. Someday my house may collapse under the enormous weight of books it holds. As a young girl, I dreamed of a library that reached from floor to ceiling, with one of those fantastic rolling ladders that I could slide along the walls to pluck books from shelves. Our home […]

The Snowy Storytime

The snow swirls outside, but T wants to go to PJ storytime, so we scarf down stir-fry, don turtle jammies, and crunch our way up the ramp to the public library. Inside, snow-covered boots are discarded, jackets are shed, and squirmy listeners settle onto a multicolored afghan in the middle of the children’s room. Ms. […]

CPL first annual Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series

Former Horn Booker Zoe Del Mar, communications manager for the Cambridge, MA, Public Library, just let us know about a great new lecture series the library is hosting: the Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series. The series was “developed from a brainstorming session between Youth Services Manager, Julie Roach [read Julie’s Horn […]

Massachusetts Book Awards 2016

On Tuesday, December 6th, I was lucky to be the plus-one, with amazing school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro, at the sixteenth annual Massachusetts Book Awards ceremony at the State House, in recognition of “significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.” The award is administered […]

Kindergarten party at the library!

Earlier this week, the Cambridge Public Library hosted a party for all city kindergartners. The occasion? Signing up for library cards! As our friendly neighborhood librarian and manager of youth services, Julie Roach, told us: once you turn five, you can get your *very own library card* (which looks just like the grownups’) and check […]

The schools that need libraries the most

A few months ago, fellow Lolly’s Classroom blogger Randy Ribay made a compelling argument about why schools still need libraries and the wonderful librarians who keep them running smoothly. I agree wholeheartedly with his conclusion that “a school without a library is like a body without a soul.” Further, I believe that lack of access […]

The Writer’s Page: Ex Libris

While I know there must be many books that feature great scenes 
set in libraries, one book that I’ve often thought about over the years is The Abortion (1971) by Richard Brautigan, whose narrator works in — and makes his home in — a public library whose shelves are filled with unpublished manuscripts that writers […]

Classics and timeless books

As a child, I frequented libraries that had rather old books. I remember my elementary school library had timeworn copies of the Madeline books and that one of my neighborhood libraries had old books by Lois Lenski, older versions of the Amelia Bedelia books, and the All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor. New books did […]