Librarians want to make sure that when we pick up a book at the library we have a full range of choices. The American Library Association has declared September 27th to October 3rd “Banned Books Week." For more we spoke with Barbara Jones, the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association.

A New Hampshire public library has voted to continue supporting the controversial Tor network.

The Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon had decided to use its spare bandwidth to serve as a relay for the network. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the library had turned off the relay node after police and Homeland Security warned the library that, among other bad things, the network could allow criminals to move child pornography anonymously.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A new library will be built in Schenectady to bring resources and programs to city children and families.

  Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become a defense against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.

In BiblioTech, John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk.

In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.

We had the great privilege of interviewing author Richard Price in March for WAMC's The Book Show at the Morton Memorial Library a few weeks ago. It was the first time we were there and we fell in love with the 1905 historic structure along Kelly Street in the hamlet of Rhinecliff, New York. They even have a library cat, Julio. He's not with us today, but Joanne Meyer is here, she is the Executive Director of the library.

We also welcome Tom Sloan, the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System -- a consortium comprised of 66 libraries in Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Greene, and Putnam counties. He joins us to talk about library systems and the bigger picture for libraries in this region.

  For over 35 years, the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District have been the leading advocate for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, promoting the importance of the library as an information and cultural force in the community.

Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District 2015 Big Book Sale will take place next Friday, April 24th through Tuesday, April 28th at 5 Saint Andrews Road at Route 9, Hyde Park, NY – for those of you in the know – that’s the former Hyde Park Stop and Shop.

Sari Feldman

There was a time when the public library was the place to take out books, do some studying, or research through spools of microfilm. You can still take out a book, but libraries have changed with the times. This is National Library Week, a time to speak with the president-elect of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman.

    Tim Federle was a dancer on Broadway until a few years ago. Now he’s an author who has has - so far - released 4 books. (His fifth - a picture book, is due out later this year.) Two of his books, Better Nate Than Ever! and Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, are about Nate Foster - a small-town boy with big Broadway dreams. The books are aimed at middle school theater-geeks trying to find their footing. Better Nate Than Ever! was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Publishers' Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Slate Favorite Book of the Year.

  Federle's other two books are Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist. The former containing instruction for boozy-bevs with names like Love in the Time of Kahlúa, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita, and Vermouth the Bell Tolls; and the latter sharing shaker-ready recipes for Old MacDonald Had a Flask, Baa, Baa, Black Russian, Jack and Coke (and Jill).

On Thursday, February 5th, the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library will be hosting Federle at Café Le Perche in Hudson, NY from 6 – 8pm. The restaurant will offer a selection of Federle’s drink recipes for sale to guests and The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, will be selling Federle’s books. 

Scott Jarzombek

On Monday, the Albany Public Library will have a new executive director. Scott Jarzombek, 38, who began his library career in the Albany system, returns June 23rd after leading the library in North Castle in Westchester County. He will replace Carol Nersinger who is retiring. Scott Jarzombek spoke to WAMC about the biggest challenge facing libraries today.


The public library system in Springfield, Massachusetts is being reorganized. It will mean longer hours of operation, but fewer branches. The buildings that are closing as libraries later this year  will not be shuttered for very long, as officials today unveiled plans for new public uses.

Listener Essay - Big Book Sale

Jun 13, 2013


  Mark Nelson is the Volunteer Coordinator of the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District annual Big Book Sale, which runs from Friday June 14th thru Tuesday June 18 at the Poughkeepsie Business Park on Rt. 44. 

    Josh Hanagarne, now thirty-five, first began experiencing symptoms of Tourette’s at the age of six. For the next thirty years, Josh wrestled with that kamikaze pilot, whom he eventually nicknamed “Misty,” short for “Miss T.” The Tourette’s symptoms—verbal and facial tics, body spasms, self-inflicted punches—increased and intensified as he grew older. Moments of calm were few and far between.

The exhibit Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience opens tomorrow at the Poughkeepsie Public Library.

This nationally touring exhibition, which chronicles the remarkable history of baseball’s Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players, opens today in Library’s Rotunda area.

An accompanying program series features lectures that relate the history of pre-integration baseball and the days leading to Jackie Robinson’s efforts to break the color barrier in America’s national pastime.

Police in the Vermont town of Barton say burglars didn't steal any books when they broke into the town library, but they rearranged the furniture.

Vermont State Police say the furniture was stacked in the center of the library floor in a pyramid about 20 feet high. Other furniture was stacked on top of bookshelves sometime between Monday night and Tuesday midmorning.

The only thing missing was a date stamp used to check out books.

Police say nothing appeared to have been broken or vandalized and there was no sign of a forced entry.

The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but you may have trouble finding that hot new title or some digital content at your local library. We hear from a trio of librarians trying to change that.