Library Series Continues on NPR
Everyone owns public libraries and everyone has a stake in them. This summer, NPR's Arts Desk paints a picture of America through looking at public libraries and their role during a transformative technological moment, as the economy forces a reconsideration of municipal obligations and responsibilities.
The series explores big issues -- our collective copyright nightmare, how content can be consumed and distributed electronically, the digital divide, funding challenges, historic preservation and how a public space might best serve its community. Listeners discover places they didn’t know about, and innovative local projects and passionate people committed to enrich the places where they live. The series reflects that sense of discovery and the pleasure you get from a great public library.
Monday, August 19 on Morning Edition (Weekdays 5-9 a.m.), Best States, Worst States
Eight states don’t support libraries or have a state library. NPR’s Neda Ulaby looks at the differences in funding libraries, from Vermont to Texas and Kanasas.
Friday, August 23 on All Things Considered (Weekdays 4-6:30 p.m.), Iowa City Library’s Local Music Project
Last year Iowa City Public Library launched a Local Music Project, where the library built a front end to sign area bands and negotiate license fees. It paid $100 per album that gives library patrons the right to download and own local music. Artists love it, patrons love it, and they’re getting lots of money to expand it. From Clay Masters of member station Iowa Public Radio.
Wednesday, August 28 on All Things Considered (Weekdays 4-6:30 p.m.), Fishing Poles on Loan
Cardholders at public libraries in Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois can now check out fishing poles. The libraries say it’s a way to promote nature -- but do they need to return the fish? From NPR’s Elizabeth Blair.