The public library was never just about books

On July 21, Forbes published a piece by economist Panos Mourdoukoutas arguing that Amazon stores should replace public libraries. The backlash was rapid and unforgiving; library-lovers from around the world responded with angry tweets, and Forbes removed the piece two days later. Yet the article highlights a concerning fact: Too many Americans misunderstand the role of the public library.

The library is not a warehouse of books like Amazon, a tech developer like Apple or a cafe like Starbucks. It is a public institution of learning predicated on the principle that all Americans should be able to access information, education and culture free of cost. In practice, the unique mission of the public library leads to a distinct set of services, ranging from book-lending to computer- and English- language classes. The growing diversity of library activities is not a means of compensating for the rise of the Internet or a decline in the number of library users. Libraries have been re-inventing their programs for over a century in an effort to advance the same old mission: information for all.

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I Spent $1K Per Month Traveling The World & Here’s How I Did It

I spent a year traveling the world on $1000 a month. It’s normal for people to take a look at my Instagram and assume that I come from money. They assume that I’m traveling on Daddy’s dime, whether that be my actual father or a sugar daddy. The reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, travel costs money like everything else. However, most people don’t realize that travel can be affordable AF. I wasn’t sleeping in five-star resorts, but I was traveling the world, and that’s all I ever wanted. I spent $1000 per month traveling the world, and here’s how I did it.

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Travel scam warning: 14 classic scams travellers fall for

Tuk tuks are a common form of transport where travellers get scammed.

You will get scammed. That’s a fact. It’s an inevitability. If you choose to travel the world, to go to far-flung and interesting places, then you will, at some point, get scammed. You will get tricked out of your money. It will happen.

There’s no shame in it. I’ve been scammed on multiple occasions in various different countries. I’ve been tricked by cab drivers and swindled by “students”. I’ve been taken for a ride by friendly people, and fooled by a few nasty ones.

When you travel, you’re at a point of weakness. You’re a stranger in a strange land. You don’t know how this place works. You want to be polite and respectful. You don’t want to cause a fuss. You might be jetlagged or hungover or just completely discombobulated by this whole experience. And that’s when the scammers swoop.

If you love to travel, there’s a very good chance you would have been done by a few of these classic tricks.

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In Photos: Travel + Leisure readers name the world’s best cities 2018

In this year’s edition of the World’s Best Awards, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine were particularly enchanted with the Mexico, India and Southeast Asia, with cities from these countries and regions dominating the list of world’s best cities 2018. Take a look to see if you’ve visited any of the world’s best cities — or to see if you agree.

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The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

What is it you’re after—the art of cool, or the cool of art?

The fact is, all of the most imaginative, surprising, and downright wild destinations tend to blur the fine line between the two. If the art of cool is measured by a fest’s ability to work with whatever iconic venues, raucous bars, and endearing local oddities its environment affords, then the cool of art is what’s waiting to be found within those stomping grounds—envelope-pushing programming, events that have never before been tried, let alone seen, and guests not afraid to make good trouble as they set trends.

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