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  • A successful pivot
    by Ian Anstice on November 22, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Editorial This week saw the CILIP Conference which was, of course, delivered digitally for the first time ever. Having it online was remarkably painless, with an excellent system in place and a lot of very good behind-the-scenes admin work to make it all run smoothly. It felt a lot smaller than normal in turns of…

  • Calderdale cuts while York Explores
    by Ian Anstice on November 15, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Editorial Sad news from Calderdale as the council, which has cut a fair bit before, is aiming for more budget reductions to its libraries. This is in the same week as Conservative council leaders warn that a third of them (of which Calderdale isn’t one – it’s Labour) are considering cuts to libraries. Just when…

  • Not like how lockdowns used to be
    by Ian Anstice on November 8, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Editorial Well, that was nail-biting. Libraries finally knew what they were doing late on Tuesday for what they had to implement less than two days later, on Thursday. It turned out eventually that, like many things in this semi second lockdown, libraries will be far less closed this time than before. They will be able…

  • Lockdown 2
    by Ian Anstice on November 1, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Editorial So, it’s lockdown in England again. Let’s take a moment to reflect on that and how ironic some of the news below about library re-openings look now. Hear that screaming sound? No, not that one, that’s you. I mean the other one. That’s the sound of a whole sector desperately going into reverse gear.…

  • Chinese whispers
    by Ian Anstice on October 25, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Editorial Great to see Public Library Apparel, featured in this blog a few weeks ago, reach their crowdfunding target. This will mean that an online shop, selling library-themed clothes, with some of the profits going to libraries, will open soon. Crowdfunding for more normal library things, though, is more challenging, as I suspect Libraries Unlimited…

  • A premature library history of 2020
    by Ian Anstice on October 17, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I studied History at university and was taught the importance of various forms of evidence and differing points of view. It so taught me the need for the long view that I tend to think judging the impact of anything later than the Romans as premature. So, it’s perhaps pointless to try to give a…

  • Hail to the chiefs
    by Ian Anstice on October 11, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Editorial There were several librarians named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year. The name that stood out to me was Isobel Hunter, the current and first CEO of Libraries Connected, who despite only being in post two years has not put a foot wrong in what could have been quite a difficult time, ensuring…

  • A busy start to the month
    by Ian Anstice on October 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Editorial There’s quite a lot of special Days and Months at the start of October – Black History Month, National Poetry Day, Fun Palaces and Libraries Week all on at the same time. The one with the hardest time in these Covid days is Fun Palaces which normally relies on face-to-face demonstrations and crafts. The…

  • Not a good time to be down by two-thirds? Kent and Stockport
    by Ian Anstice on September 27, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Editorial The BookSeller have published an interesting article on library usage, pointing out that it is only at one-fifth to one-third of pre-covid levels. There are many reasons for this situation, some of which are listed below, but it’s still a worrying statistic to be made public at a time when councils are looking for…

  • Just before the second wave
    by Ian Anstice on September 20, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Editorial Sorry to see that Hay on Wye, a place synonymous with books, will now have a library run by volunteers. Wales is notably less reliant on the unpaid than English libraries and so this represents a worrying development. Otherwise, the news continues to show a return to normal, although with one service amusingly reintroducing…

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  • Books about Gardening, Plants, Seeds and Growing

    Now that winter is upon us, many of us will be longing for spring and the flora and fauna that we see during that season. Here are some reads about gardening […]

  • 16 Days 16 Stories

    Amina-the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre is proud to be supporting 16 Days of Action this year, with a series of 16 short films based on stories of abuse […]

  • Covid-19 Level Four Update

    In line with the announcement made on 18th November by the Scottish Government that Glasgow is one of 11 Local Authorities in Scotland to move into Covid-19 […]

  • November Book Picnic Recommendations

    Need some inspiration for the next book to add to your reading list? We’ve got suggestions! On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members share […]

  • Glasgow Women’s Library: Open this Autumn

    With Glasgow moving into Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, the GWL building will be closed from 4pm on Friday 20th November.

  • NMRD Object of the Month: November

    There are over 20 leagues in Scotland alone, and Scotland has partaken in three World Cups. In the 2015 British Championships, Glasgow Roller Derby won the top […]

  • Demanding more of Feminist Leadership

    We all have a capacity and responsibility to lead whether we are parenting, nurturing the talents of others, taking on a role in a cultural organisation, […]

  • Green Learning

    We’d like to share with you what has recently been shaping our thinking about climate justice, carbon reduction and our role in caring for our environment. […]

  • NMRD Object of the Month: October

    The players really put their blood, sweat, and tears into roller derby - and not just on the track. The publication showcases the very creative and artistic […]

  • October Book Picnic Recommendations -2020

    Happy Libraries Week to all! Need some inspiration for the next book to add to your reading list? We’ve got suggestions! On the first Wednesday of every […]

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  • MHTV Student News

    Hey Mountain Lions! Enjoy the latest MHTV News Show written, filmed, produced, edited and created by our talented #MHTVNews producers & staff! Closed […]

  • Back To School – Yes, We’re Virtually Awesome!

    Virtual Learning Fall 2020  Welcome Back to School! Well, hello! I’m so happy you’re here! This is a start of a school year unlike any we’ve ever […]

  • MHMS Metropolitan Newspaper COL Edition – Issue 6

    Our #MHMSMetro student run & #GTSeminar newspaper is available for download! Here is the latest issue! DOWNLOAD PDF: COL Issue 6.pdf

  • #MHTVNews: A Virtual TV Show for Teens by Teens

    Hey Mountain Lions! Enjoy the latest MHTV-COL News Show written, filmed, produced, edited and created by our talented #MHTVNews Producers & Staff!  […]

  • Summer Reading 2020

    It’s Summer Reading Time! Here’s the Howard County Middle School Summer Reading List!   Download the PDF and look for these titles! Middle School 2020 […]

  • NEW MHTV News & Metro Newspaper

    Our wonderful kids have been working hard on their journalism assignments! How you doin, Mountain Lions?! Enjoy Episode 2 of our #MHTVNews-COL News Show […]

  • Unlocking the Secret to 100+ FREE eBooks & Audiobooks

    Hey Mountain Lions! If you missed my presentation last week – here’s the info I shared about the secret way to unlock, filter, and find 100 FREE eBooks  […]

  • Extra, Extra! MHMS Metropolitan Newspaper: Issue 4

    Extra Extra! Get your MHMS Metro News Here! Our #MHMSMetro student run & #GTSeminar newspaper is available for download! Featuring:  Sports |  Arts, […]

  • Keep Calm & Read On!

    Hello, kids, parents, our community! I’m not gonna lie, it’s kinda weird out there right now but I truly believe we’re going to be OK. Things will get […]

  • Read Across America: Bookmark Contest

    We Have Our Winners!   From our Reading Specialist, Ms. Deb Burkey: “In celebration of Read Across America Day, The MHMS Reading and Media departments are […]

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