Guest Column: How Jennings County Public Library Ditched the Grid—and Its Energy Bills

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What could you do with an extra $60,000? After a very recent switch to solar power, that’s about how much one Indiana-based library will be saving on electricity each year. Jennings County Public Library in North Vernon, Indiana converted its 33,000-square-foot facility to solar power, and, as a result, some area residents and even the… Read more »

Play Our “Escape from the Library!” Room Escape Game

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Sometimes you just need a break. That’s why we feature a little something fun—like this original room escape game—in every issue of our twice-monthly newsletter, The Cat and Cardigan. So, here’s this Time Killer’s premise: You’re locked inside a library you’ve never seen before, there’s absolutely no one around, and you don’t even know if it’s day… Read more »

You Can Make Recurring Reservations in Spaces Now

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Tired but glowing, our software developers look like proud parents newly emerging from the maternity ward. That’s because they’ve just completed the recurring reservations feature in Spaces. (Yay!) That means that, from the staff-facing side, our Spaces customers can make one reservation request that applies to multiple sessions. (For example, you could now request every… Read more »

Redefine Your Library with Public Access TV

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Redefine Your Library with Public Access TV

Think having a community access television station could never happen in your library? No doubt establishing one on your own is a big undertaking, but at least two access TV vets say it is possible to start small. And it is absolutely worth the trouble. Michael White has run Community Access Television Services (CATS) out of the Monroe… Read more »

Add Another Dimension to Your Library with 3D Printing

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Add Another Dimension to Your Library with 3D Printing

Libraries have long connected their communities to the most modern, digital tools—think Apple computers, high quality digital copiers, and early Internet access. Often, they did so long before individuals could afford these technologies for themselves. These days, 3D printers are the latest disruptive technology, and many libraries already have them up and running. If you’ve… Read more »