November 22, 2017

A Closeup Look at Free for All: Inside the Public Library

When documentary filmmakers Lucie Faulknor and Dawn Logsdon were evacuated to Baton Rouge, LA from their home in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, they were struck by the essential role played by the library in the days following the disaster. Staff at the State Library of Louisiana worked long hours to help people locate missing family members, friends, and pets, fill out FEMA forms, communicate with insurance companies, and use the library computers. “They had an assembly line to give everybody a library card,” Faulknor said, “and we realized that librarians were also first responders.”

Popular Romance Project Connects Readers, Writers, Scholars, and Libraries

In some ways, romance novels are the dirty little secret of the literary world. Largely ignored by mainstream critics, regularly maligned by academics, and sometimes hidden away even by their readers, romances are nevertheless responsible for as much as 50 percent of annual mass market paperback sales in the U.S.. Now, the organizers of the Popular Romance Project (PRP) are trying to rewrite the narrative, bringing romance to the attention of those who might not already pay attention to the genre by showcasing its diversity and depth and the community of authors and fans that drive its enduring popularity.

Library as Filmmaker: Documenting the Creation of a California Town’s Gay Prom

Local history projects are a popular activity in many public libraries. The Hayward Public Library in the San Francisco Bay area took their creativity to the next level and spent nearly two years making their own historical film highlighting a long-standing event for gay teens.