I love buying or getting a new book as much as the next person. Books are amazing, but this spring break I’ve realized how much I really appreciate our local library. With a family of four that loves to read a trip to B&N can quickly spiral out of control. While our local library is modest but functional, there are truly some awe inspiring libraries. Let’s celebrate some of those today.

Right Now With Emily Morrison (LinkedIn, Twitter)

What I’m Reading – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

What I’m Doing – Working on my presentation for GSMCON 2016.

What I want to know from you – How often do you use your local library?


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Mapping America’s Appalling Affordable Housing Deficit. Every single county in the U.S. lacks affordable housing, and in no state can someone earning a minimum wage salary rent a two-bedroom apartment at market rate. A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition paints a fresh, grim picture of this ongoing affordable housing crisis.

Who doesn’t love a good before and after, especially when it involves streets. First covered by Citylab last September, when it was an intriguing but still modest archive of street makeovers, Urb-i’s archive has since tripled in size and now contains over a thousand images. Perhaps best of all, the archive now comes with a map that allows you to search and zoom in on urban transformations across the planet.

Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library. Leah Esguerra, a social worker in San Francisco, begins her workday roaming in between the bookshelves at the city’s Main Library. She’s looking for homeless people who need her assistance. Esguerra is the nation’s first library social worker. Since 2009, she’s been providing social services and outreach programs to many of the city’s homeless patrons.





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