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May 10 2010

From AARP to Z

by Vivian A

Although you can get many magazines online these days, to me there’s nothing better than sitting down with a good cup of coffee or tea and perusing the nice shiny pages of a magazine.

The library offers over 300 choices from AARP to Z magazine. This breaks out to 1700 subscriptions among the branches. We have three subscriptions in Chinese, three in Spanish and one in Russian. The issues found at most of the branches include Oprah, Newsweek and Essence.

Did you know you can check out up to five issues at a time for three weeks? If you’d rather look online, you can use GALILEO to search EBSCOhost or ProQuest. (See your reference librarian if you’re not sure how to do this.)
Unfortunately, DCPL has been hit with cutbacks and many subscriptions have been cut. My branch alone cut nearly thirty titles. There is a bright side to all this, the library accepts gift subscriptions from patrons like you. So the next time you’re missing your Economist or InStyle magazine, know that you can give back to DCPL.

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Aug 21 2009

Free Rice

by Jesse M

It’s Friday once again and today I thought we’d start off the weekend by introducing a simple game that generates charitable food aid while building your vocabulary! The game is called Free Rice, and it is a non-profit website run by the United Nations Food Program. Free Rice has two goals, to provide education to everyone for free, and to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. It works towards these goals by presenting visitors to the site with one word followed by a set of four possible definitions. Picking the correct definition allows you to move onto the next (more difficult) word and generates a donation of ten grains of rice. As the website notes, ten grains isn’t a particularly large amount, but when enough people play enough times, an enormous difference can be made in the lives of millions of those less fortunate all over the world. Since its inception in 2007 Free Rice has donated a total of 66,985,896,480 grains of rice! So the next time you have access to the internet and a few minutes to spare, consider spending them building up your vocabulary and helping to feed someone in need.

If you are interested in learning about the causes and possible solutions to the problem of world hunger, the library has several books in the catalog that can further inform you. A good book to start your exploration with is the well researched and argued Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel. Check it out.

psst – yes, we know this has been written about on this blog before, but we thought it was time for a reminder!

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bookmobile-lfplThe streets of Louisville, KY were inundated with a record 6.5 inches of water Tuesday morning after a massive storm rolled through the town, resulting in the flooding of numerous residences and businesses, including the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

According to library director Craig Buthod, up to 4 feet of water poured into the basement of the Main Library, damaging at least 10,000 books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs (the average cost per item was conservatively estimated at $20 apiece). Three Bookmobiles parked at the library were damaged by flooding, and water pressure blew out some basement windows. Additionally, conference and meeting rooms and offices in the basement and their furnishings were damaged, and all the library’s boilers, air-conditioning controls, chillers and air-handling equipment were waterlogged. Furthermore, all the computers at all the branches were rendered inoperative when flooding damaged the central computer unit and wiring in the Main Library’s basement, along with about 40 new computers awaiting delivery to another branch (valued at roughly $50,000).

Recovery from such a catastrophe would be slow and difficult under normal circumstances, but with the economy in recession and budgets being slashed at both the local and state levels, the process is likely to be even more drawn-out and painful than it otherwise would be. But you can help! If you would like to make a donation to the library to assist with the disaster relief, send a check to:

The Library Foundation
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

For those interested in more information, I’ve linked to an article from the Courier-Journal that you can check out. There is a photo gallery available there as well. In addition, I’ve found a few more images online that weren’t included in the Courier-Journal set, and I’ve provided links to those below.

Amphibious bookmobiles
“That’s my office back there”
What a mess

Author and historian Barbara Tuchman once said “Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.” Lets all chip in and get the doors of the main branch of the LFPL opened back up again!

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