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16 Ithaca Organizations That Create Possibility

November 27, 2018

Nothing is more inspiring to me than people who give so much of themselves in service of others, in service of the land, in service of future generations — people who have figured out a way to give so much, and even create institutions and organizations that can multiply this giving. And we have the…

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Does it matter where we buy books? (Part 2: Autumn Leaves)

November 26, 2018

This is part two of my reflection on going local with our library’s collection development. In the last episode I spoke with Lisa Swayze from the cooperatively owned book store Buffalo Street Books. In this episode I spoke with Joe Wetmore from Autumn Leaves Used Bookstore, which has been on the Ithaca Commons since 1993.…

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Does it Matter Where We Buy Books? (part 1: Buffalo Street Books)

November 24, 2018

In this episode I spoke with Lisa Swayze, the general manager of Buffalo Street Books about the impacts of shopping local vs shopping online. Over the past couple years the library budget has been tighter than usual, despite the increase in demands on the library’s services. To better serve the community we’re inviting our supporters…

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Does it matter where we buy books?

November 20, 2018

The obvious answer is YES! But the reality is… and I bet you can relate… we slip up on our values and shop online from ‘you know where’. This is not an email about the big tech scandals and monopolizing of commerce… It’s an honest reflect on whether we, the Durland Alternatives Library, can make…

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Introducing Heidi Eckerson, our new librarian at DAL

August 3, 2018

We’re so excited to introduce everyone to Heidi Eckerson, the newest member of our team at the Alternatives Library. She brings a spark of energy and passion to the library’s collection – and it’s likely that you’ll be interacting with her when you visit the library or reach out with any questions about the collection.…

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Tea And Coffee For Your Reading Pleasure

August 2, 2018

When was the last time you brewed cup of tea, and browsed the collection at the library? You can now brew yourself tea or coffee at the Durland Alternatives Library, totally free! We have a coffee and tea station with hot water kettles, tea bags with loose leaf tea blends, and locally roasted coffee pour overs.…

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Introducing Amber, Abbie, Alex, and Gracie – Our Amazing Summer Staff!

July 22, 2018

We have an amazing crew this summer keeping the library open, and processing hundreds of letters arriving for Prisoner Express. I asked them about “alternatives”, and to share what surprised them about working at the library. Here are their answers, corresponding left to right in the image 🙂 Alex: Q : What is an alternative…

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