7 of the Coolest Libraries in the World

Check this out: 7 of the Coolest Libraries in the World*

When we realize our dream … a new BSC Library and Learning Commons

in a new Communications and Creative Arts Center,

will it be number 8 on the list?

*Note: I had the good fortune of visiting one of the coolest libraries … the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.  Check out these images from the Norwegian architectural design firm that created the building. Spectacular!  — Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services


Good News! Reading Up Among Younger Americans

Reading … it’s a good thing!

“According to Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits, from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 83 percent of Americans aged 16-29 read a book in the past year, compared to 78 percent of all Americans over 16. High school and college age respondents were most likely to have done so—college aged adults have the highest overall reading rate of any age group—and adults aged 65 and older, least. Though of course much of younger adults’ reading is for school or work, about three-quarters say they read for pleasure or to keep up with current events.”  Read more 




National Book Award Finalists 2012

North Dakota’s own Louise Erdrich is a finalist for a 2012 National Book Award in the Fiction category!

The awards will be presented on November 14 in New York City.  Finalists include:




  • David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
  • Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies
  • Tim Seibles, Fast Animal
  • Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic
  • Susan Wheeler, Meme

Young People’s Literature

  • William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
  • Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach
  • Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down
  • Eliot Schrefer, Endangered
  • Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon