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Top 10 Library Mascots

February 2015

Library cats are all the rage, at least according to Mental Floss, Flavorwire, and of course, the famous Dewey. But some libraries are going a step further with official library mascots to showcase the library during programs, outreach events, and around the community. Here are a few of our favorites: Colorado’s Poudre River Library District …

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Makerspaces in Libraries

August 2014

This week, we’re taking a break from the Weekly Number to highlight our other blog series, “Beyond Books.” In our last Beyond Books post, we mentioned Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB, a space for teens to make and play with all things digital media. A small survey released last year shows makerspaces are becoming a solid …

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Top toys & games offered by libraries

April 2014

Looking to expand your entertainment options? Check out some of our favorite toys and games offered by libraries across the country: Build vocabulary and math skills and learn about American history with Brain Quest from Ann Arbor Public Library. Havelock Public Library (North Carolina) received funding and a grant to support fun and educational toys …

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Top 5 Unique Tools Loaned by Libraries

September 2013

Image credit: Ann Arbor District Library 1. Thermal leak detector – Ann Arbor District Library (Michigan) 2. Table saw – Berkeley Public Library (California) 3. Hedge shears – Fletcher Free Library (Vermont) 4. Wood carving tool set – Grosse Pointe Public Library (Michigan) 5. Energy meter – Jefferson County Public Library (Colorado) Libraries have been …

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