Linda Thomas, the manager of St Mary’s Library in the Isles of Scilly has sent me this rather amazing picture of the view from her workplace window and has laid down the challenge to everyone: can anyone beat it? I’m looking for photos from your library so we can judge if there is any better view out there.  Send them to me at ianlibrarian@live.co.uk and we’ll see if Linda gets the kudos of Most Beautiful View From A Public Library or not.

St. Mary's Library, Isles of Scilly: Is this  the most stunning view from any library in the UK?

Is this the most stunning view from any library in the UK?



  • Dementia Awareness Week: libraries report benefits of reading for people with dementia and their carers – Reading Agency. “Figures released from English public libraries, announced today (18 May) for Dementia Awareness Week, show the importance of book-based support for people affected by dementia – a need which is being met by public libraries. Since the launch of Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in January 2015, national loans of the books in the scheme have nearly trebled. English libraries have seen a 286% increase in national library loans of titles from the recommended reading list of 25 books. In Newcastle a Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia title held the top spot for loans of non-fiction titles in March, with five other titles making the top 20 list. The public library scheme is delivered through a partnership between The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England. It provides a list of 25 titles, recommended by health professionals as well as people with lived experience, and is designed to offer information and advice about dementia, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities. The list includes non-fiction, a picture book, personal stories and the novel Still Alice by Lisa Genova, recently made into an award-winning film starring Julianne Moore.”

and Cllr Ian Stephens LGA visited Leadership for Libraries task force to reiterate importance of libraries and taskforce going fwd” Paul Blantern on Twitter

  • First lady: Libraries, museums are ‘necessities,’ not extras – Yahoo News (USA). “First lady Michelle Obama says America’s libraries and museums aren’t luxuries or “extras” that can be passed over while money goes toward other goals like creating jobs or teaching children. “So often our libraries and museums are doing the critical work to help us achieve those goals in the first place,” Mrs. Obama said Monday at an East Room ceremony honoring 10 institutions from across the country for service to their communities.”
  • Little Free Library Big Book Access Campaign – KickStarter (USA/Global). “Millions of children lack books in their homes or cannot access books elsewhere. Their school libraries have been shut down, they live too far away from public libraries and their families cannot afford to buy books, which average $10 a piece. For many families, taking care of basic needs will always win over buying books. Little Free Library® helps solve this problem, and we can do more with your help and pledge today. 96% of Little Free Library’s expenses are covered through the sales of our products. We are a social enterprise non-profit. Hence, nearly every cent raised from this campaign will help us:”
  • Makers, Craftivists and Public Libraries (Part I) – Storify (Australia).
  • New partnership to enhance attractiveness of public libraries – New Times (Rwanda). “For Kigali Public Library, the government signed a five-year partnership with Innovation Village, a local design and innovation company that has gone on to set up an innovation hub at the rooftop of the Library. According to the Ministry of Education, the partnerships are in line with government’s vision of creating a knowledge based economy using technology as the driving force.”
  • Rise of DIY Libraries – Vice (USA). “The library model, as opposed to the standard bookstore concept, also sidelines the commercial aspect, emphasizing the power of the collective over the power of cash. “I think there’s something disruptive about the library model within a larger system of commerce or economy of books,” Valinsky told me. They’re currently preparing to set up a temporary library at NADA in May, a mega-money art fair where they will deploy their custom-designed mobile reading room, a collapsible furniture set that transforms on the fly into a mini library of 500 books. “[NADA] is an overtly commercial three-day event, [and] we’re installing this very non-commercial project as a space where people will sit and stop traffic, which [goes against] the point of being in an art fair where you’re supposed to walk around and see everything.” “
  • Suffolk Library – Distinction (USA). “libraries are about making connections with people. That’s difficult in Suffolk, where three such facilities and an aging bookmobile serve 430 square miles and 84,000 people. “What if we brought the library to them?” she thought. And her pop-up concept was born. She and her staff carted books to all ends of the city, using simple materials to set up a library. To her surprise, it yielded tremendous results – one observer even called them “breathtaking.” Hundreds of people signed up for library cards. Children returned again and again for more titles. And people who’d never been attracted to books found themselves reading.”

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