A big thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks for their support of our Mabel Manning Branch (sponsoring a Teacher in the Library and a CyberNavigator) - and for letting us pass out these great Patrick Sharp READ posters at the game. As you can imagine, it wasn’t just the kids who wanted one!
Are you a “truth seeker” on a journey of discovery? Then a library in Los Angeles that holds 30,000 esoteric artifacts (think ancient scrolls and books of the occult) might just be your greatest find. http://kp.cc/WhE3s7
Co-working spaces are often treated today as a novelty, as a thoroughly modern solution to the changing needs of a workforce now more loyal to their laptops than any long-term employers. But the idea is actually as old as the public library.
One of the world’s first and most famous libraries, in Alexandria, Egypt, was frequently home some 2,000 years ago to the self-starters and self-employed of that era. “When you look back in history, they had philosophers and mathematicians and all sorts of folks who would get together and solve the problems of their time,” says Tracy Lea, the venture manager with Arizona State University’s economic development and community engagement arm. “We kind of look at it as the first template for the university. They had lecture halls, gathering spaces. They had co-working spaces.”
Libraries also provide a perfect venue to expand the concept of start-up accelerators beyond the renovated warehouses and stylish offices of “innovation districts.” They offer a more familiar entry-point for potential entrepreneurs less likely to walk into a traditional start-up incubator. Public libraries long ago democratized access to knowledge; now they could do the same in a start-up economy.