Why Public Libraries Matter

NYU’s David Vinjamuri is standing up for Libraries on Forbes website this week and he’s got the numbers to prove it, citing ALA reports and research from the Gates Foundation:

Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More

Let’s cheer, first of all, that public libraries overall (across the country) received 1.59 billion visitors in 2009 and lent books 2.4 billion times! But, also, we should heed Vinjamuri’s advice to Libraries that they react more sensitively to changes in the publishing industry: “…Without libraries to encourage new readers, foster book groups and promote communities of reading, publishers will find fewer readers for their biggest titles, and readers will have more difficulty discovering works not on the bestseller list….”

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain Photo: Thorne AndersonThe National Book Critics’ Circle announced the finalists for its 2012 Award -including, for Fiction:

Laurent Binet. HHhH.

Ben Fountain. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime

Adam Johnson. The Orphan Master’s Son.

Lydia Millet, Magnificence.

Zadie Smith. NW. 

Read more of the finalists via the NY Times’ Art Beat site. 

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Loved n’ lauded YA Author John Green “rocked Carnegie Hall” a couple nights ago, (according to USAY Today) with his “Evening of Awesome” event; hosted, ostensibly to honor the one-year anniversary of his acclaimed melancholic-masterpiece The Fault In Our Stars . Have you read it yet? Apparently there’s collector’s edition that just came out.

For further details on said-night-of-awesomeness – check out HuffPo’s Book Site: and, if you’re curious, learn about “nerd-fighting” from the online community started by Green.

 

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