May 17, 2022

Public Library News Roundup


Calgary’s New Central Library Opens in 100 Days (via CPL)


Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library Restoration Bill: $11.5 Million (via KJZZ)


Book Enthusiasts Get Literary-Themed Tattoos at the Denver Public Library (via Denver Post)

Facing Funding Woes, Boulder Library Pushes For Special Tax District as Council Pushes Back (via The Daily Camera)

Pine River Public Library District Considering Tax Increase Request (via Pine River Times) 


New Gainesville Hybrid Library and Social Services Center Opens (via WCJB)

Burglars Cut Hole in Hernando County Library Roof, Take Nothing But Cause Thousands of Dollars In Damage (via WFTS)


Atlanta’s Downtown Library Takes Computers To The Park During Closure (via WABE)

The Last Macon Library Will Shut Down. 100+ Could Lose jobs. Is a Tax Compromise Near? (via The Telegraph/


Coeur d’Alene Library Launches Local Newspaper Archives Online


Chicago Public Library Visits Down But Circulation is Up; See Which Books Get Checked Out Most (via Chicago Sun-Times)

Video: City of Chicago Announces New Library Modernization Initiative (via WLS)

See Also: Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Scott and Chicago Public Library Announce Renovation and Modernization of Douglass Branch Library

Skokie Public Library Leaders Consider Major Changes to Building Interior (via Skokie Review/Chicago Tribune)

Springfield: Ordinance to Prevent Homeless From Sleeping Overnight Outside Lincoln Library Fails (via The State Journal-Register)


Carmel Clay Public Library Plans $1.4m West Side Branch, Weighs Expansion Of Main Campus (via Indianapolis Star)

Indianapolis Public Library Unveils Digital Archive of  Indianapolis Public  School History (via

Loogootee, Indiana Gets $1.1 Million USDA Loan To Build New Library (via Indiana Public Media)


For Wichita Library Gold Card Members, Two Popular Benefits are About to Go Away (via The Wichita Eagle)

Johnson County Opens First New Library In Two Decades (via KCUR)

UPDATED July 26: Two Wichita Branch Libraries Won’t Close — At Least For Now — Mayor Says (via The Wichita Eagle)

Two Libraries to Close Under Wichita Budget Proposal (via The Wichita Eagle)


Baton Rouge: Downtown Library Mess Now Considered ‘Litigation’ (via WBRZ)


Boston Public Library Workers on Leave Amid Probe (via Boston Herald)

Lincoln Public Library Holding ‘Hamilton’ Ticket Raffle to Raise Money for Damaged Library in Puerto Rico (via Boston Globe)


St. Cloud: “‘Everybody Has a Role on Security’: Library Improves Security, Balances Access for All” (via St. Cloud Times)

St. Paul: Council Candidate Arrested, Banned From Library, Says He was Defending Teen (via Pioneer Press/


Tariffs Push Missoula Library Project Back Into Funding Gap, Director Tells Tester (via Missoula Current)


Omaha Public Library Names YA Novel on Police Shooting as 2018 Omaha Reads Selection (via World-Herald)

New Hampshire

Amid Thunderstorms, 2-Alarm Fire Damages Hopkinton Town Library (via Boston Globe) |||
Video Report from WMUR ||| Updates via Library’s Facebook Page

New York

Bronx Libraries Get Funding For Infrastructure, Technology Upgrades (via Long Island 12)

State Education Department Announces $24 Million in State Aid for 230 Public Library Construction Projects Statewide


Levy For Lake County Library District Placed on November Ballot (via News-Herald)

The Dayton Library Ended Late Fees. Here’s What Happened (via Dayton Daily News)

Stark District Library Revises Levy Request (via IndeOnline)


Do York Region Public Libraries Need Security Guards to be Safe? (via Toronto Star/Aurora Banner)


New Podcast: An Interview with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Director of the Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia (via Public Libraries Online)


Bedbugs Infest Montreal’s Biggest Library (via CTV) and Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque Grapples With Bed Bug Invasion (via CBC)

Rhode Island

Audio: Providence Public Library Starts Transforming Renovation (via Rhode Island Public Radio)

$25 Million Rehab Project at Providence Public Library to Focus on ‘Lifetime Education’ (via The Providence Journal)


Interview with Houston Public Library Executive Director Rhea Brown Lawson, Ph.D. (via

Some Houston Libraries Still Closed 11 Months After Harvey (via HPM/Houston Chronicle/AP)


Vermont Libraries Provide Community, Not Just Books (via Christian Science Monitor)


Arlington Libraries Abandon Some Digital Offerings (Hoopla and NetAdvantage) to Cut Costs (via ARLNow)  ||| Official Arlington Public Library Announcement

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Beneficiary of a Nearly $1 Million Bequest

Norfolk’s Pretlow Library Gets Armed Security Guard After Incident Last Week (via WAVY) 


It’s Official. The Library Levy Hike Will be on Pierce County Ballots in the Fall (via The News Tribune)

Spokane: Ribbon Cutting for First Library Vending Machine in Washington (via KXLY)

Request For Higher Library Taxes in Pierce County Expected to Get Ok (via The News Tribune)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.