Tag Archives: Austin Public Library

Monday, July 29, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: APL Director Roosevelt Weeks

Curious about the latest at Austin Public Library? This week we go straight to the stacks to discuss just that. Listen in below as Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver talks with Library Director Roosevelt Weeks.Austin Monitor Radio is produced in…

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by DaLyah Jones

After 13-year-old’s arrest, black advocates demand library policies that create safe spaces for all

Teacher Njera Keith was entering the Carver Branch of Austin Public Library with a 6-year-old student when they saw a police officer patting down 13-year-old LaTashia Milligam. The teenager was handcuffed and had no shoes on.Keith said her young student…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

Tense meeting over arrest at library

The Library Commission heard impassioned testimony Monday night over the arrest last month of a 13-year-old girl at the Austin Public Library’s Carver branch.Activists showed up to the meeting at the Terrazas branch on Cesar Chavez Street to urge the…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Jack Craver

City proposes ditching Recycled Reads

Some City Council members are alarmed at a proposal from city staff to phase out Recycled Reads, a service operated by the library system that repurposes, recycles or sells books that are discarded by the library or donated by residents.Staffers…

Monday, January 7, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: We’re back, and so is this

Taking her talents… Ellen Troxclair, whose term on Austin City Council concludes with today’s swearing-in ceremony that’ll install Paige Ellis as the new representative for District 8, is taking her focus on property tax issues to the state level. News…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lord of the files

Pig-headed politics… At a recent City Council work session, Council members were discussing proposed changes to the ordinance that dictates the extent to which people can exercise their First Amendment rights on library grounds. Specifically, what limits, if any, should…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Libraries plan to designate areas for petitioning

After a month of consultations with the Law Department over the language of the rules governing petitioning on library property, the Austin Public Library may have found a compromise.Instead of limiting petitioning to sidewalks surrounding the libraries, which groups have…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Parking and … other … concerns

Still hanging around… We have it to thank for our intimate knowledge of celebrities’ lunches, Capital Metro’s train delays and the president’s spontaneous thoughts, so why not also give Twitter pre-emptive credit for helping to establish a working urban cable…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s new Central Library opens Saturday. Will people use it?

Taylor Barnett, 24, hasn’t had a public library card since the 1990s, when she was a kid growing up in Victoria, Texas. She would frequent the local library with her grandparents, especially after they bought a computer with little idea…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts panel faces procedural misstep

On Monday, the Art in Public Places panel felt caught in the middle of a procedural misstep taken by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, which wanted donated art installed at the new Central Library.John Gillum, the library facilities planning…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Austin public libraries to expand videoconferencing

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation received a $120,000 grant from Google.org last Friday for Austin Public Library to expand videoconferencing to the rest of its branches.The foundation applied for the grant that will fund needed technology, and it will…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Construction of new Central Library overdue, again

City Council members learned last week that the completion of the new downtown public library has been hit with delays, again.“I do think that it is getting very close, but I don’t have a specific date that I can give…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

New library cost could climb to $126 million with Council’s OK

City Council will consider what is hoped to be the final spending increase for the long-in-the-works Austin Central Library on Thursday, with the total price tag for the project set to fall somewhere just under $126.6 million.The agenda item asks…

Friday, August 5, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin libraries not giving up on CDs

Even in the Live Music Capital of the World, there are undoubtedly plenty of people who haven’t bought a physical music album in years. All Austinites, however, continue to buy compact discs through their taxes.On Thursday, City Council approved a…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

‘Library for the future’ soon will be a reality

A decade ago, Austin voters approved a $90 million bond to build a new central library that would better fit the growing city’s needs.Another $30 million later, the “library for the future” is nearly complete. The 200,000-square-foot facility – with…

Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County boots city’s request for parking discount

Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday shot down a request from the city of Austin for a slightly more generous pricing agreement on scores of downtown parking spaces.The rare failure to reach interlocal accord underscored that the increasing popularity of downtown…

Friday, September 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

OSHA fines Central Library contractors $88K for excavation hazards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has cited construction contractors working on the new Central Library with fines totaling $88,000.According to the citations (here and here), on March 4, four employees were installing rebar in the rain in a trench…

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Library budget talks reveal Council divide

Last week, City Council dug into the Library Department’s budget, and it became clear that there are some deep ideological divides on the dais.As part of their budget work session, Council members grilled Austin Public Library Director Brenda Branch about…

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

Audit calls Public Library’s equity into question

Despite not having a formal definition of “equity” available to the public, the Austin Public Library insists that it uses equity as a guiding principle in all decisions.The city’s public library system challenged a report presented last week at City…

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Library staff holds the line on 2015 funds

Despite the imminence of a glowing new Central Library on the horizon, the library department kept it humble Wednesday afternoon.As part of the city’s budget process, City Council heard from Brenda Branch, director of the Austin Public Library department. Branch…

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