NPR is running a special series called "Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries."
Here is a rundown of the series so far:
How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy
Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he'd built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country.
Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song
NPR's Bob Mondello visits some notable libraries in popular culture: Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel; Lucien's Library in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; and the stacks in Buffy, Hogwarts, Doctor Who and Fahrenheit 451.
For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet and plan how to rebuild. There's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.
At Libraries Across America, It's Game On
In the 1800s, British libraries used gaming rooms to lure patrons away from pubs. Now, across the country, libraries are using video games to attract millennials — and the goal isn't always educational.
And on the air: E-Books Strain Relations Beween Libraries, Publishing Houses
It's wonderful to see our treasured National Public Radio take note of our treasured public library system.