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  • Belle Isle Butterfly garden
    Posted on: Friday, May 04, 2018

    The Belle Isle Library recently welcomed some very special new members to its property: beautiful monarch butterflies! The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is an incredible phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly to migrate two ways, as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can sleep through winter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold.

  • Book shelves with industrial lighting
    Posted on: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

    Librarians are misunderstood creatures. We see ourselves as warriors: defenders of information, crusaders against censorship, guardians of knowledge! Most everyone else sees us as old maids who wear cardigans and shush people. When I first told people I was going to library school, I got scoffs and sneers, “What do they teach you, how to alphabetize?”

  • Carla Hayden
    Posted on: Monday, July 18, 2016

    History was made last week when Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library System in Baltimore, was confirmed as the first woman, and the first African American, Librarian of Congress. She is also the first to be confirmed during the internet age.  Her predecessor, James H.

  • Ralph Ellison
    Posted on: Monday, May 02, 2016

    Ralph Ellison loved his library. He loved the public library as a child, and he loved the one that was named in his honor some fifty years later.

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