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  • 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…

  • A normal news week, sort of
    by Ian Anstice on September 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Editorial Windsor and Maidenhead, the” tax avoidance capital” and one of the wealthiest parts of the UK, is considering cutting library opening hours by a quarter in order to save money. Elsewhere, Kingston has also announced a consultation but it is avoids mentioning if this is simply cover to cut funding or not. A new…

  • Do libraries treat their readers as racists?
    by Ian Anstice on September 6, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Editorial Sometimes a thing comes along that crystallises your thinking and makes you realise things about your work. One of these for me was watching a recording of the “Promoting Diverse Content” webinar put on by Libraries Connected. The excellent panel made clear a few fundamental things wrong about libraries. Libraries too often treat non…

  • And then there was one
    by Ian Anstice on August 30, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Editorial Recovery continues, although the latest Libraries Connected figures showing a far slower return to libraries than to shops. This is, however, honestly to be expected as still only a small fraction of branches are fully open, with most only offering partial services and many still closed, although Sandwell is now the only library service…

  • And then there were two
    by Ian Anstice on August 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Editorial Generally, libraries are continuing to reopen and usage is slowly, so slowly, beginning to rise. It looks like that usage drops after the inevitable spike of opening and then slowly recovers. The question for all library services is when that recovery will reach pre-lockdown levels. And if it will reach pre-lockdown levels. After all,…

  • “In a word, online”
    by Ian Anstice on August 16, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Editorial At time of writing, it has been 144 days since the official start of lockdown and things are continuing to open up. Holidays are being taken, relatives visited and shopping done. However, many places abroad are seeing the much-feared second wave and the curve for the UK itself is looking worryingly upward-turning. In public…

  • Slow recovery continues
    by Ian Anstice on August 9, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Another week of recovery and things gradually returning to normal. Only 6 out of 150 English public library services do not offer either a browsing or click and collect service at the moment, with services also reopening elsewhere in the British Isles. At least two mainland library services are also operating mobile libraries. In the…

  • Public library issues to be reduced by half in 2020?
    by Ian Anstice on August 2, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    For a guide to how each library service in the UK is approaching reopening, see this webpage. Editorial Physical public libraries are slowly coming back to life, with only 11 out of 150 English library services not physically open in some way. Many library services are offering at least a few open to freely borrow…

  • Quantity has a quality all its own
    by Ian Anstice on July 26, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    For the list of how libraries in the UK are reopening, see this page. Editorial Every now and again, a debate flares up about public library usage statistics. It has on one side those concerned about the (UK) decline in book issues and visits to public libraries over the last decade or so and on…

  • Covid-safer: At least five-sixths of library services will have a physical service operating by the end of July
    by Ian Anstice on July 19, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    If you’re trying to find how your local library service is reopening, please see the list here. Editorial After digitally checking all of the services in the UK over the last week, it is possible to say that at least five-sixths of all English library services will have some sort of physical service to the…


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The Daring Librarian…

  • 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 […]

  • Musical Bookcases

    The last couple weeks (before testing starts again!) we’ve had a LOT of fun with a new book selection activity I’m calling #MusicalBookcases.  It was a […]


National Library of Australia…

  • Meandering

    Truth be told, the subtitle of my history of Australian rivers—The Lifeblood of Australia—was the suggestion of the National Library of Australia and I […]

  • Interview with Family Historian Vanita Kumar

    From 1879 to 1916, over 60,000 Indians migrated to Fiji under the Indentured Labourer Scheme. The British Government introduced the system to recruit labourers […]

  • Board games in the National Library

    Many people don’t realise the National Library has its own extraordinary collection of board games. More than just an entertaining pastime, board games also […]

  • Great Speeches

    A great speech can turn the tide of history, capture emotions and speak to generations. A great speaker can use their words to convey feelings, inspire courage […]

  • Australian Dreams: The idea behind the exhibition

    The idea for Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World, an exhibition of images of the built environment, came from an unlikely place—the work of […]

  • Quips and quirks of facetious mirth

    If you wanted to have some fun on a voyage from Britain to the antipodes in the 19th century, you often had to jolly well make it yourself. To stave off […]

  • Researching literature from home

    COVID-19 has restricted our lives in ways we could never have imagined.  Slowly, however, we are seeing restrictions lift, including our access to […]

  • A Season for Books

    Over the past four or five months, my social media feeds have been full of the many books that everyone seems to have finished since the beginnings of social […]

  • General Monash and his Grand Designs

    If 'a man's home is his castle', then Sir John Monash's Iona Estate was nothing short of a palace. Complete with installations like a 'Telescope House' […]

  • Mandela Day: A Reflection on Charles Perkins

    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations peoples are advised that this post will contain images and names of deceased people and other […]


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