Today’s Solutions: July 25, 2024

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You don’t need to travel to have a relaxing vacation

While traveling far away from your home and vacationing on the beach sounds relaxing, all the time, money, and effort that goes into planning such a big vacation can make it feel, well, not so relaxing after all. So why not consider a staycation instead? If you think you must spend several weeks Read More...

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Solutions from librarians on how to approach culturally offensive books

We recently shared how Disney added disclaimers at the beginning of many of their movies notifying the audience that the movie contained insensitive and discriminatory depictions of certain racial, ethnic, or cultural groups. Rather than take the movies off their platforms altogether, Disney is Read More...

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Public libraries are climate justice tools

We’ve written about how libraries should double as food banks, but did you know that public libraries are also essential to climate justice? As more regions face extreme temperatures due to climate change, libraries are increasingly serving as refuges for heat-vulnerable residents. For Read More...

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Why our libraries should double as food banks

When the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity, many community centers like libraries, museums, and sports fields began doubling as food pantry distribution sites. University of North Carolina researcher Noah Lenstra studies the relationship between libraries and food security and pinpoints Read More...

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A reader’s dream: Have a look at the world’s most stunning libraries

The powerful thing about books is that once you open one up, it can transport you to an entirely different world. Where you read your book doesn’t necessarily matter—the book will bring you to new places and new pools of knowledge. With that said, there’s nothing quite like visiting a Read More...

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New research shows Americans still love libraries

In December, we shared the news that Los Angeles had joined Chicago and San Francisco in eliminating late fees in city libraries. This change will have a big impact, especially considering new research that shows visiting libraries is still the most common cultural activity for Americans.  Even Read More...

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26 people told us how public libraries make their lives better

"I moved to the town I currently live in when I was 10. Making friends was never easy for me — I have severe social anxiety, and a birth defect where one of the symptoms is alopecia and I only became more aware of it after I moved — but I found a lot of comfort in the town's Read More...