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Kids Today Like Dead Trees

The Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library.  Photo by Scott Beale/Laughing Squid (Creative Commons).

The Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library. Photo by Scott Beale/Laughing Squid (Creative Commons).

To follow up Tuesday’s post on whether the future of libraries was as (pretty darned sleek) community third-spaces, the Pew Research Center released a report of 16-29 year-olds to see how they feel about libraries, and it seems that kids-these-days (get off my lawn!) like free literacy programs (87%), cozy and comfortable spaces (64%), interactive learning experiences (53%), and coordination with their local schools (87%).  Good news for the Hamilton Grange branch’s new youth space, and for makerspaces dreaming of library collaborations.  They’re also using physical books (75%) more than e-books (25%) at the moment, which might make Bexar County’s all-digital library a tough sell on that front, so maybe the future isn’t all-digital after all, even if ebook readers do get the old book smell down some day.  Although, personally, I think the Bexar County BiblioTech is in with a good shot if they can end up more crazy futuristic coffeeshop and digital culture/literacy center… and avoid the stigma of an internet café.

More on the Pew Research Center Survey at The Atlantic: Cities.

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Why Zoraida Roselló is a filmmaker

Still from Zoraida Rosello's short on why she makes films.

Still from Zoraida Roselló’s short on why she makes films.

Spanish filmmaker Zoraida Roselló on why she’s a filmmaker, for the European Women’s Audiovisual Network.  Beautifully done, 90 seconds that encompasses Zoraida’s artistic eye, personality, and a lifetime of loving film.  (Also, a geologist turned filmmaker?  Lady scientists represent!  She has an wonderful eye not just for human subjects, but also for the natural world.)


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“No scene that doesn’t turn.  This is our ideal. We work to [shape] every scene from beginning to end by turning a [central issue of human experience] in a character’s life from the positive to the negative or the negative to the positive…  If exposition is a scene’s sole justification, a disciplined writer will trash it and weave its information into the film elsewhere.”

–Robert McKee, Story