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September/October 2010Volume 49, No. 5

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Senior Center: Comfy and Stimulating

Through a system-wide survey taken in 2007 to assess the number and variety of library programs over a three-month period, we learned that only 1 percent of more than 3,500 public programs of the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) system had been targeted specifically to adults over age 65. Recognizing that the population of Philadelphia […]

Remaking One of the Nation’s Busiest Main Libraries

Are you satisfied with your main library’s service model? Is your main library organized in a way that matches how your customers use it? Do you wonder if it’s time to try something different? If so you are not alone. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) faced these questions and decided it […]

Real to Reel Film Programming: A Guide

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of teaching college film courses and organizing film programs at several public libraries. This article shares lessons learned from those experiences and provides tips for public libraries on selecting program content, choosing equipment, handling copyright issues, and marketing, to ensure the success of your library’s film […]

Premium Web Tools for Public Libraries

We’ve actually had this column idea kicking around for quite a while, and we are pretty excited to finally talk about it. The idea came during a phone call where we were talking about the combination of value and efficiency that libraries have. We were trying to list as many ways as we could think […]

A Visit to Cuba’s Libraries

In May I traveled to Cuba on an educational tour comprised of teachers and librarians. We visited libraries, schools, museums, cultural art centers, and special programs offered for children. The experience was truly enlightening and I found out that despite all of the political and cultural differences, our two countries have many things in common. […]