Tag: public library

The Reader’s Guide to Life, Starting with a Parade, Ending with a Funeral


University of Baltimore Asst. Prof. and Bohemian Rhapsody Columnist Marion Winik comes to understand why she’s addicted to reading fiction — her motivation may surprise you.

On the sidewalk of St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans sat a girl in a low folding beach chair. Dragged by her mother to the Mardi Gras parade, she insisted on bringing her book. No matter how people teased or tried to distract her, she calmly read the whole time, even as glittery throws and oversized go-cups landed in her lap.

Baltimore: The City That (Sometimes) Reads


Remember that city slogan that no one likes to talk about anymore? “The City That Reads,” introduced in 1987 by then-mayor Kurt Schmoke, was, as the Utne Reader puts it, “well-intentioned but immediately mockable.” Part of the problem is that Baltimore doesn’t actually seem to be all that jazzed about books. Last year, Seattle residents checked out 18.7 books per resident. In Baltimore? Two.

But new research shows that our apparent aversion to libraries might be changing, in part thanks to the recession. (See? There’s a silver lining to every economic disaster.) Baltimore’s library use rose a whopping 25 percent from 2005 to 2011 — that’s more than any other city in the study except Detroit. However, during that same period, circulation declined by 9 percent, possibly indicating that library visitors were more drawn to the free computers than the free books. Should book lovers be dismayed?

Give Corps and Enoch Pratt Hold Tweet-a-Thon for E-Readers


GiveCorps and the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold one of Baltimore’s first Tweet-a-Thon’s today from 5 – 7 p.m.  The Pratt’s e-reader program is one of the first in the nation and the two groups hope to raise awareness (and money) to purchase additional e-readers. The hashtag for the Tweet-a-Thon is #Nooks4Pratt. 

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