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From Fine Art to Fishing Poles, the Most Surprising Things Libraries Are Lending Now

We are interested in this, here at CMLE HQ! Check out our podcast on unusual materials.

From Atlas Obscura:

“When the writer Deborah Fallows toured smaller and midsize communities in the United States in 2016, she made sure to make the same stop in every city and town: the local public library. Libraries were never just plain old book-lenders, she learned, and they certainly aren’t now. Most provide residents with internet access, educational opportunities, and even refuge during times of meteorological or civic crisis. They use their archives to hold onto local history, and their programming and decor to reflect a vision of the future.

A town or city’s Main Street or Chamber of Commerce reveals its body politic, writes Fallows, but “the visit to the public library reveal[s] its heart and soul.” These days, many of these hearts and souls are full of unexpected stuff—including stuff that, if you want, you can take home with you for a few weeks. In the spirit of civic introspection, here are some of America’s most surprising current circulating collections, from art to umbrellas.”

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We need your Reader’s Advisory thoughts for the Podcast!

CMLE is always looking for new ways to share ideas and information with you; and we have added a podcast to our information streams! If you have not subscribed yet, here are instructions on subscribing to our weekly podcast, weekly newsletter, two online book groups, and assorted social media!

Next week, we are podcasting about Reader’s Advisory, and we want to be able to include your thoughts and ideas. We have a few questions below; and if you have other ideas or suggestions please add them in the comments or email them to us at admin@cme.org! (If you want your ideas to be anonymous, just mention that.)

Our Monthly Topic for March was Reader’s Advisory; so we have a collection of materials here for you to check out if you want some ideas, tools, and training opportunities in this arae.

CMLE is on the air!

You probably listen to a few podcasts already, or at least know about some of the biggies out there in the podcast world.  We have talked about library people who podcast, and podcasts you can use for workplace stress management. It’s a great way to share information – something we take very seriously here at CMLE Headquarters.

So we have begun our own podcast!

Our podcast is called Linking Our Libraries, in recognition of the work we do as a multitype system in linking our libraries to each other, to all sorts of information, and to us. Continue reading CMLE is on the air!