August 14, 2020

Library supporters urge action as Senate recesses without relief bill

Aug 14 2020 With Congress now on break until September, ALA officials are urging library supporters to keep pressing lawmakers for a pandemic relief package that includes funding for libraries... In an interview with PW earlier this spring, sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of the acclaimed 2018 book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, warned that such an impasse was likely on the horizon. “Let’s be clear, when you hear there is a debate in Congress about whether to ‘bail out’ states and cities, that is a debate about...

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Lockdown diaries: the book designer

The weekend before the government announced the lockdown I was due to go to Bristol to visit a friend, and a few days earlier we’d been notified at the office that we would be working from home for the next few weeks (of course little did we know, five months later we still would be!). I remember frantically trying to take everything I needed home on Thursday and then lugging the last bits with me on the train for the weekend. It felt quite odd as everyone was packing up on that last Friday, saying goodbyes and have nice weekends,...

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