Like most librarians in Miami-Dade County, Julio Granda Jr. was worried about the financial future of his institution. Under County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the system had lost $30 million in funding over several years and, in the summer of 2013, was staring down an additional $20 million cut. But whe ... More >>
Call it Farenheit 305. Ever since he released a proposed budget plan that would have shuttered 22 libraries across Miami-Dade earlier this summer, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been trying to put out a fire of his own making. The backlash prompted him to find a way to keep those libraries open, bu ... More >>
Six weeks ago, Miami-Dade County commissioners refused to touch the property tax rate, knowing that without an increase they'd have to drastically chop services. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's solution -- shuttering 22 libraries -- was met with a rowdy public protest. This weekend, Gimenez told comm ... More >>
When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez warned that 22 of the county's 49 libraries could be closed due to budget cuts, the news was met with loud resistance Dade's bibliophiles. Well, Magic City readers can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the number of closures has been reduced to just four librari ... More >>
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has proposed a plan to close 22 of the county's 49 library branches, and if you're living either west of the Palmetto Expressway or in a poorer neighborhood, you're a lot more likely to see your local library branch shuttered.
With County Mayor Carlos Gimenez changing his mind on a tax increase, it's looking more and more likely that 22 of Miami-Dade county's 49 libraries will shutter next year. After a week of opposition to his proposed property tax increases, Gimenez will recommend to county commissioners today that no ... More >>
All of our moms' dirty little secret is out: they're all busy reading Fifty Shades of Grey, an S&M-tinged trilogy of erotic fiction. The graphic prose in the series has caused some Florida library systems to ban the books, even as they're topping the New York Times' best sellers list, ... More >>
Spotted: Crazy Mom at a Seminole County library trying to stage an illfaited one-woman protest against the popular teen novel series Gossip Girl. Apparently Crazy Mom isn't too appreciative of the racy exploits of S and B and N and C and even Lonely Boy, as they snort, drink, back-stab& ... More >>
Today's photo comes from the Library of Congress. Taken in 1904 by photographer J. N. Chamberlain, it shows Seminole Indians canoeing along the Miami River.
The Acme Employment Office on Miami Beach. Today's photo comes to us via the Library of Congress and the year 1939, two years before the Great Depression ended. If you thought getting a job now was tough...
They came, they drank, they spelled.
Saturday's Kentucky Derby favorite arrives fresh from South Florida.
The county is closing law libraries faster than whorehouses
An artist and a poet find inspiration in each other
Feel the breeze at the library
At Carnegie Hall (Blue Note)
Samantha Haber of the South Miami Branch Library
Miami-Dade Public Library System
The Summer That Changed Miami Beach by Seymour Gelber
Books & Books
Sam Thompson, hard-charging dean of the University of Miami's law school, has high hopes, strong opinions, and a tendency to attract trouble
A young Larry King. A racist white enclave called Liberty City. A homophobic Anita Bryant taken seriously. South Florida's past is present at the Louis Wolfson II Media History Center.
Under the direction of rocker Bill Orcutt, the Alliance for Media Arts keeps the faith for Miami's cinema aficionados
Bruce Kaplan won his county commission race this past spring, but don't look for him when hey're handing out the Mr. Nice Guy awards