Burn The Libraries

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I’ve been thinking a lot about libraries recently. When I was a child I was taken to a library every two weeks and made to check out the maximum allowance of books – that’s what having an English teacher for a mother gets you! Once I went to university, I stopped going to the library.…

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The Proper Use Of The Library

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I arrived at Woking Library shortly before 1600 on a Thursday. At that time of day, the library is filled – somewhat understandably – with people who aren’t working a normal 9-5 job. Retirees, students, and the unemployed. I walked through the extensive computer section of the library. Dozens of computers with free Internet access.…

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Lessons From CodeClub

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Last night, I ran my second Code Club at Woking Library – teaching kids how to program using Scratch. We’re following CodeClub’s syllabus which has loads of kid friendly lessons. The first lesson was a great success. It was held before the Christmas break – so I was eager to make sure that interest hadn’t…

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Coding For Kids – In Woking Library

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A few months ago, my friend Adam Cohen-Rose told me that Surrey Libraries were looking for a volunteer to help teach coding to kids. hey @edent Surrey Library Service in Woking is looking for a @codeclub volunteer… know anyone? http://t.co/Fv8ynV6d — Adam Cohen-Rose (@adamcohenrose) August 31, 2012 So, after a few months of negotiations, demonstrations,…

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Burning All My Books

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A tiny micro sd card.

My shelves are empty. The half-dozen Billy Bookcases I bought from Ikea are now little more than scrap. I have burned my books. A bonfire of ideas and ideals. My bookshelves used to burst at the seams. Every individual shelf bowed violently from the over-stuffed mass of paperbacks squeezed onto it. Shakespeare rubbed up with…

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eBook Libraries and DRM

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I was pleasantly surprised to see this poster at my local train station. Looks like Surrey Library is moving to the digital age. “Bet the site doesn’t work on my phone,” I thought. I was wrong! Overall, this is a brilliant new service. A great initiative to get people reading more books and improving library…

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