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March 15, 2018

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WANT TO SHARE WHAT YOU’RE READING?


One of the best parts of finishing a good book is recommending it to all your friends. Earlier this year Open Library released a brand new Reading Log feature which allows you to organize your digital bookshelf. And it’s been a hit! 50,000 readers have used us to track books they’ve read, and want to read next. But it just got even better! As of today, your Open Library Reading Log is now shareable. Just finished Beowulf and want to tell the world? Go ahead! Shout it from the (digital) rooftops! Click below and let us show you how to get started.
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COMMUNITY HISTORY, NOW PRESERVED
Every city has a story to tell — celebrations, tragedies, big events, disasters. Our local libraries help preserve these windows to the past via newspaper clippings, black and white photos, and city maps preserved under glass. Today, when our collective memories live in 1s and 0s, how do we ensure that our digital history lives on?
The Internet Archive, in partnership with 27 public libraries, brings you “Community Webs” - a nationwide cohort of librarians and archivists capturing the digital memory of our local communities. From neighborhood blogs in DC, to Mardi Gras in East Baton Rouge, they are ensuring our 21st century history lives on.
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10 WAYS TO EXPLORE THE ARCHIVE
The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of fascinating media, texts, and ephemera — all for free. Items that if they didn’t exist here, would be lost forever. Yet so many of our community members have difficulty describing what exactly it is...that we do here. Most people know us for the Wayback Machine, but we are so much more. To that end, we’ve put together a fun and useful guide to exploring the Archive. So, grab your flashlight and pith hat and let your digital adventure begin...
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HALFWAY THERE! DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT
What do early bitcoin mining, pineapple, and the Internet Archive all have in common? A world of good! Right now, the anonymous crypto-philanthropist Pineapple Fund is offering you this tantalizing challenge: between now and April 30, when you donate to the Internet Archive, your gift will be matched in Bitcoin, up to $1 million. We’re more than halfway to our goal. Will you help get us there?
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SPRING IS HERE
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting another 6 weeks of winter. If you’re bundled up in sweaters and mittens eagerly awaiting springtime, let us keep you warm with a lil foxtrot! Throw on this 78 RPM record titled "Spring Is Here" by The Georgians and Bennett and Carlton, where the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Let’s collectively manifest some sunshine!
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OLD TIME RADIO — BURNS & ALLEN
We love old time radio, and know you do too. There is nothing more adorable than the high pitch voice of miss Gracie Allen serving it up vaudeville-style to gravely wise guy George Burns. So pull up a chair and let us whisk you you away to the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day parade of 1941 where the cigar smoke is thick, the puns are aplenty, and the canned SPAM is hot, fresh and sticks to the ribs! A meal that makes the family say ‘This is a swell dinner!’
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