Austin Public Library

The Central Austin Public Library
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A former Austin Public Library employee allegedly used a city credit card to buy at least $1.3 million worth of printer toner, which he then stole and resold for a profit, according to a city investigation released Monday.

A woman with a black top stands in front of some trees in the background.
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Chocolate can bring people together — as Ena Ganguly found when she stopped at a store in her hometown.

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

A pregnant woman in a navy blue dress stands in front of a picket fence, with one hand on her belly.
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There's something about working hard alongside someone else that brings us closer together. That's what Danielle Patterson discovered when she spent a day sweating in the sun with an unexpected partner. 

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Zenobia Orimoloye outside her home.
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Doing a small kindness for someone in need might seem like a simple thing, but it can leave an impression that lasts decades.

That's what happened for Zenobia Orimoloye in the early 1990s, shortly after she moved to Austin. 

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

A woman in a red top and glasses smiles in front of a flower garden.
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Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Working with the Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation, we collected the submissions and helped writers shape their stories into pieces to read for the radio.

A woman in glasses and a blue shirt stands in front of the front door to a home.
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Earlier this year, before all of this began, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Working with the Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation, we collected the submissions and helped writers shape their stories into pieces to read for the radio.

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Perhaps especially in an election year, we need stories about bridging differences and seeing the world from another perspective. 

We're teaming up with the Austin Public Library Foundation for a storytelling project called Common Ground

Over the coming weeks, we’re inviting you to craft personal stories of overcoming differences with others — whatever that might mean to you — at one of a series of creative writing workshops.

The electronic book drop at the Austin Central Library.
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The Austin Library Commission is looking into eliminating overdue fees for all materials in the city’s public library system.

Zenobia Orimoloye wrote about finding a passion for writing at the Austin Public Library for our Library Love Stories project.
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A while ago, we teamed up with Austin’s Library Foundation to collect stories about what your public library means to you. 

Austin Price for KUT

Do you love your local library? Well, the Austin Library Foundation and KUT are looking for personal stories of how local libraries impact Austinites and their families – and we'd like to hear your story.

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Teacher Njera Keith was walking into the Austin Public Library's Carver Branch with a 6-year-old student in February when they saw a male police officer patting down 13-year-old LaTashia Milligam. The teenager was handcuffed and had no shoes on.