1. Happy birthday, Patti Smith!

    Patti Smith has always straddled the written and the sung word, and this year was no different. But one of the high points for both her professional and personal worlds had to be winning The National Book Award for Just Kids. Smith’s a big library supporter, and we love her for it! Enjoy this video from her LIVE from the NYPL conversation and note that she talks about her experience with public libraries. I believe everything we dream/can come to pass through our union/we can turn the world around/we can turn the earth’s revolution/we have the power/People have the power…