People Visited Public Libraries More Than A Billion Times In 2015: Critical Linking, August 9, 2018

Sponsored by The Last Hours by by Minette Walter.

In 2015, there were 1.39 billion visits to public libraries, or 4.48 visits per person.

“Are libraries still relevant?” These stats answer that inane question


While mainstream publishers are taking steps toward diversity, a large number of talented, diverse authors turn to micro-presses: publishing entities smaller than traditional small presses and including self-publishing. Here is the latest of our periodic roundups.



The Washington Post reports the Georgetown Library closed Saturday after staff noticed snakes near a meeting room. Another snake was found earlier that day and released outside. The library called pest control and closed until the building was given the all-clear, reopening Tuesday.

Snakes want storytime, too. 

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