Public libraries have also been in the news. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at an awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. She presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten institutions from across the U.S. Waukegan Public Library (WPL) Executive Director Richard Lee and Waukegan resident Diana Alvey received an award on behalf of the WPL.
After ten years of planning and over two years of restoration, the Central Library of the Liverpool City Council’s Libraries & Archives in Liverpool, England re-opened on Friday, May 17, 2013. More than 4,000,000 items, including documents and books, have been re-housed in the Liverpool Central Library. The project cost £55,000,000.
Transit Police – members of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Police – gathered outside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Independence Day (Thursday, July 4, 2013). This was near the site of the Boston bombings, which occurred on Patriots’ Day in April.
Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is the oldest municipal public library in the United States. Its Central Library is divided between two buildings. The circulating collections are in The Johnson Building.
The library building seen in the accompanying picture is The McKim Building, which houses the research collections of the BPL, along with rare books, and fine art. Famed architect Charles Follen McKim (1847-1909) of the firm McKim, Mead, and White designed the building.
Writers and celebrities who’ve written memoirs signed books at Authors Night For The East Hampton Library at Gardiner's Farm on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in East Hampton, New York. Alex Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, also attended this event.
Visitors are invited to take pictures of themselves at two of The New York Public Library’s facilities, as the NYPL announced on Monday, August 12, 2013. The cameras are setup in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’s Astor Hall (recently seen in Person of Interest) and the ground floor of the Mid-Manhattan Branch.
Photojournalist Mario Tama took pictures of people taking self-portraits using the setup in Astor Hall on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
A visitor taking a picture of himself (or herself or multiple people taking a group photo) includes an e-mail address to which the NYPL will send the photo. He, she, or they select two pieces of information to go with the photo.
First, select a reason why he or she or they have come to the library from a list (e.g., borrowing). Second, specify where he or she or they are from (one of the five boroughs or a place outside New York City).
The self-portraits (or “selfies” as they’re coming to be called) are uploaded to the blog on the NYPL’s Web site, the NYPL Photo Booth stream on flickr, the NYPL’s Facebook page, and Twitter account. One can share one’s photo on Instagram using the hashtags #NYPL and #NYPLPhotobooth.
Denise Canniff, Director of Engagement, reported on August 12th that since the cameras were installed a few weeks beforehand, individuals, couples, families, and other groups had taken over 1,900 pictures (“Snapshots from NYPL”). Richert Schnorr and other members of the NYPL’s Multimedia team installed the cameras and maintain them.
The NYPL is referring to the sites as photo booths, but at least in Astor Hall there is no booth. Instead, there is a kiosk and a backdrop for the patron/photo subject to stand before.
Dutch architect Francine Houben designed the new Library of Birmingham at Centenary Square – the largest public library in Europe – on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Birmingham, England. She is creative Director of the architectural firm Mecanoo architecten in Delft, The Netheralands. The futuristic building, which cost £189,000,000, officially opens on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
According to photojournalist Christopher Furlong, “The modern exterior of interlacing rings reflects the canals and tunnels of Birmingham.” The ten-story library building houses the city’s lending library, non-circulating rare book collection, archives, and photograph collection.