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All Sides Weekend: Books

Oct 11, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.

Guests: 

  • Kassie Rose, WOSU book critic
  • Mark Maxwell, regional manager, Half Price Books
  • Kris Hickey, Youth Services Manager, Whetstone Library

Libraries are pushing back against new e-book and e-audiobook policies by some of the biggest publishers. Companies like Macmillan and Simon & Schuster are adjusting how they sell to or allow libraries to use their content, and libraries say the new rules are bad news for patrons.

Fifty years have passed and the issue is showing some wear and tear, but John, Paul, George and Ringo still loom large against the stark blue backdrop on the cover of the Sept. 13, 1968, Life magazine that is once again in the possession of its rightful owner in Ohio.

Somebody returned it last week to Cuyahoga County Public Library via USPS priority mail, complete with a note of apology and a $100 money order to cover any fines.

Ohioans who want to learn new job skills will soon have the chance to do that through the state’s public libraries.

MIT Media Lab

At the Akron-Summit County Public Library, you can find a new food computer. No, it doesn’t print food or magically materialize it – rather, this unit grows it.

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In December 2016, a man walked into the Willloughby-Eastlake Public Library and collapsed.

If you do a Google search for "card catalog" it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies.

But before these cabinets held household objects, they held countless index cards — which, at the time, were the pathways to knowledge and information. A new book from the Library of Congress celebrates these catalogs as the analog ancestor of the search engine.

Nationwide Childrens Hospital
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The state is offering grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations to help them with security improvements to prevent or prepare for acts of terrorism.

Thomas Bradley / WOSU News

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has undergone a $35 million renovation that will unveil this Saturday. The new renovations aim to modernize the library with the space and resources necessary to help the community thrive in today's world.