May 20, 2022

Public Library News Roundup

Last Updated: October 6, 2018


Main Library Project Loses Funding in Menlo Park (via

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2018 One City One Book – The Best We Could Do, An illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Remodeled Space in the Berkeley Public Library Attracts People For its Informal, Comfortable Feel (via Berkleyside)


Boulder Restores Library Funding… (via Daily Camera)

Broomfield Library System Will Go Fine-Free In 2019 (via The Daily Camera)

Denver Public Library Proposes Eliminating Fines Starting in 2019 (via ||| Additional Coverage (via Denver Post)


Fired Bridgeport City Librarian Files Federal Lawsuit (via


October 3: Chicago Sun Times Editorial: “A Restored West Side Regional Library is Worth the Price of a Painting”

October 1:  City of Chicago Plan to Sell $15 Million Painting Slammed as Questionable Way to Upgrade Library (via Chicago Sun-Times)

Chicago Public Library Announces Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? As New One Book, One Chicago Selection 

Chicago Public Library: Relocated Archive Opens History of Chicago and Its Parks to Residents (via Chicago Sun-Times)

Skokie Library Leaders Move Forward with Estimated $17m Interior Renovation Plan (via Chicago Tribune)


Alexandria-Monroe Public Library: Library Really Needs People to Stop Sticking Googly Eyes on Book Covers (via  ||| Facebook Post Cited in Article


Library Trustees Nix Plan to Let Genealogy Files Remain at the Mason City Public Library.(via AP) & Mason City Library Rejects Genealogy Club Proposal, Grants Extension (via Globe Gazette)


KU Libraries, Lawrence Public Library Sponsor ‘Great American Read’ Events

New Library, Old Funding: Wichita Spends Less on Libraries than Most Cities (via Wichita Eagle)


‘One Book Baltimore’ Aims to Bring Community Together Through Reading (via WMAR)


October 2: Boston Public Library Launches Wifi Hotspot Lending Program, One Year Pilot Underway

New Hampshire

After Hopkinton Library Fire, Warehouse Fills With Damaged Books (via Concord Monitor)

New Jersey

Morristown & Morris Township Library Acquires Photos of George Washington’s Headquarters (via TAP Info)

New Mexico

Tularosa Library Website Plagued by Sexy Ads (via Alamogordo Daily News)

New York

Brooklyn Public Library Will Debut a New Branch In Dumbo in 2020 (via Curbed NY) &  WORKac To Design Brooklyn Public Library’s First New Branch In 35 Years (via The Architects Newspaper)

Snøhetta To Design a Sunset-Hued Library in Far Rockaway, Queens (via The Architect Newspaper)


Columbus Metropolitan Library Buys Lifetime Digital Archive Rights to Columbus Dispatch (1871 to 1985) For $932,970 (via The Dispatch)

Cuyahoga County Public Library Wins Additional $50,000 from Google (via News 5 Cleveland)

Main Library in Downtown Toledo Closes For a One Year, $10.4 Million Renovation Project (via ABC 13)

Youngstown: Library Board Takes First Steps to Renovate Main Library (via The Vindicator)


London Public Library: New ‘Labs’ Opens Audio, Visual Production Tools to Public (via The Londoner)


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Invites Local Musicians to Submit Work For STACKS Online Music Platform

Most City Public Libraries to Close on Saturdays Due to Lack of Funding (via

With $7.1 Million Investment, Radnor Shows Suburban Libraries are Still Vital (via

Rhode Island

Providence Public Library Undertakes Renovations (via The Brown Daily Herald)


Saskatoon Library Hires Outreach Workers to Meet Social Needs of Visitors (via CBC)


Permanent Women’s Suffrage Collection Approved For Nashville Library (via Nashville Public Radio)


Public Libraries Contribute to Local Food Movement (via Rutland Herald)


Pierce County Library System Fronts Levy Bid (via Tacoma Weekly)

Seattle Public Library Offers Free Telephone Service (via PublicLibrariesOnline)


Last Updated: October 6, 2018

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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.