A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Links we Love #5

One: Do not go Gentle into That Gender Neutral Bathroom
3 min. read

This article addresses the American landscape, but do need federal guidelines telling us to provide washroom spaces that are comfortable for patrons of all genders? I think not. You can read a little bit more about this debate, and find out how gender neutral bathrooms could look in your library space here. This is something to think about if you’re planning a renovation, big or small.

Two: Escaping Poverty Through the Library
6 min. read

Newfoundland’s libraries have been granted a temporary reprieve, but as all provinces and territories grapple with budget decisions this is a great reminder, from a patron, of what we’re fighting for.

Three: In Which I Withdraw from LFL
6 min. read

Little Free Libraries are wonderful – I’ve made use of a few in my travels. Buuuut, your local little free library probably doesn’t need to be affiliated with a national not for profit. The letter Jane Schmidt pens to the organization is well worth a read. Maybe that box on the corner just facilitates book-exchanges between friendly neighbors, and is not a little library.

Four: Public Libraries Lure Pokemon Go Fans
5 min. read

Have you tried out Pokemon Go yet? I haven’t, but it’s on my to-do list for this weekend. Members of the public who’ve never visited a library before might be coming in to chase down monsters this week. You might be able to attract even more; read on to learn a little about the potential of location based gaming.

Five: Brown Butter Raspberries
Prep time: 15 mins.

Take advantage of your local summer produce. Turn your raspberries into a scrumptious dessert by browning butter, and pouring it over the fruit just before serving.