Eight Things You Might Not Know About Libraries and More Critical Linking

Signature is honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with original illustrations, author contributions, and more. Check out our article pairing 2016 Presidential candidates with the Shakespeare characters they most resemble, with politicos from Ben Carson to Bernie Sanders to Mr. Drumpf himself in the roles they were born to play.

Most modern libraries offer e-book and e-magazines, plus movies on DVD and other digital items. But did you know that many also provide such services as free Wi-Fi, used bookstores, and even unique items borrowing.

Coming off of National Library Week, here’s a look at eight things you might not know about your local library.

A good reminder, as well as a neat look at some of the unique things libraries throughout the US are doing.


CEO of Main Events Sports Radio and activist Haven Harrington III posted the following message on his Facebook page shortly after the death of Prince was announced on Thursday afternoon:

A little known Prince factoid. When Prince read that Louisville was going close the Western Branch Library ( which is the first full service library for African Americans in country) he wrote a $10,000 check to the Western Branch Library Association to support the library.


If you needed more reason to be sad about the passing of the legendary musician. What a story.


In fact, many children’s books have been set in New York City—think Harriet the Spy or Stuart Little. In this day and age of record-setting prices, how much would those fictional characters have to pay to live in their homes today? Who would have seen the most appreciation, Eloise or Lyle Crocodile?

Much detective work (à la Harriet) reveals the residences of a boy-mouse and a anthropomorphized girl dog span various neighborhoods including the Upper East Side, Gramercy Park, and Park Slope. What follows is a survey of six iconic picture books set in New York City and the current valuations of their fictional homes.

This look at what the real real estate in these iconic and classic children’s books would cost is so neat…and painful. What a fun piece.


This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. In honour of #Shakespeare400, here are 14 of the wackiest, weirdest and most wonderful facts about the Bard.

A nice little infographic in honor of Willy’s death anniversary.

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.