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Get Outside the Lines @ your library

The Campaign for America’s Libraries supports the efforts of Outside the Lines as a way for libraries and librarians to reach out to their communities and promote public awareness for today’s libraries. 

During Outside the Lines (Sept.14-20, 2014), organizations from across the U.S. and Canada will host an event or campaign that helps people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement and are more relevant than ever to people’s lives. 

In honor of Outside the Lines, the Campaign for America’s Libraries has developed a special promotion for libraries and librarians as they work within their communities to reconnect and re-engage the public with today’s libraries.  Read more....


Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 21−27, 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


Back-to-School Tips for Parents

It’s back-to-school time, and students, equipped with the necessary supplies, are ready to tackle another school year.

School supplies aren’t limited to what the student carries in their backpack. The school library furnishes ready-made “school supplies” - resources designed to maximize a child’s educational experience.

Beyond a place where students can visit to check out books, the school library is a place where students can work on their homework assignments, explore new technology, and share new thoughts and ideas. The presence of the school librarian ensures that they can gather and learn in a safe environment.



Is This the Real Life?: Graphic Novels 

September brings a lot of things: cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, the start of a new school year, Library Card Sign-up Month, and Banned Books Week, to name just a few. This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on comics and I thought I would share some contemporary, realistic graphic novels. What other recommendations do you have?





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The American Library Association's Legislative Action Center

Who can be a library advocate?  Anyone who cares about America's libraries!  Library advocates play a key role in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in an information society.  Read more...

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text messages to a mobile list.  From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text.  Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages.  The alert connects advocates, whether they're on the mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call."  Read more...


Queens Library Fetes 104-year old Patron 

Sadie Rosenkrantz is like many other Queens residents: she loves to read. She visits her community library in Forest Hills regularly, at least once a week. Today, Sadie celebrated her 104th birthday at the library. Staff honored her with a bouquet, and dedicated two new books to her by a favorite author, James Patterson.

Sadie has been visiting Queens Library at Forest Hills for the past 60 years. She enjoys attending the musical programs, and especially concerts from Lincoln Center Local. She checks out the library's calendar to find events of interest on Saturday afternoons, after her regular hair dresser's appointment. Sadie has a close relationship with all the library's staff, and especially with Bibi Khan, who is the Customer Service Representative. They frequently speak on the phone. Sadie says the service at the library is "absolutely fantastic." She is concerned for the future: what if her favorite library people retire?


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The fight for Miami’s libraries

Christian Zabriskie writes: “Libraries in Miami are in the final stages of an incredible budget fight. It’s been a pitched battle between library advocates and a mayor who has repeatedly slashed library funding, tried to eliminate library jobs, and worked to eliminate library branches and limit services. In many ways it is a microcosm of the larger fight for libraries across the Unites States. It will hopefully be seen as a turning point when our citizens demand more from their elected leaders and the social fabric can be rewoven.”...

The Huffington Post Blog, Sept. 5

The Illinois Family Institute and LGBTQ books

J. Bryan Lowder writes: “The Illinois Family Institute has long been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, so news that its cultural analyst Laurie Higgins has said something incendiary about LGBTQ people is not a surprise. This time, Higgins’s ire is currently directed at the ALA’s Banned Books Week and accuseslibrarians of ‘ridiculing parents who, for example, don’t want their 6-year-olds seeing books about children or anthropomorphized animals being raised by parents in homoerotic relationships.’”...

Slate, Sept. 5; Illinois Family Institute, Sept. 4

Kansas librarian became a noted artist 100 years ago

Ella Buchanan, the first director of the Pittsburg (Kans.) Public Library, left her post in 1908 to pursue her dream of becoming an artist at the Chicago Art Institute. She achieved it and then some: One of her sculptures became the face of the women’s suffrage movement (right); another was a gift to a US president. Now, another one of her sculptures, “Genius,” is back in the library and will remain there permanently thanks to a gift from her family, an anonymous benefactor, a local craftsman, and some sleuthing by current Director Bev Clarkson....

Joplin (Mo.) Globe, Sept. 6; Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) Evening News, Oct. 20, 1911

New Austin Public Library will have food demos 

The new downtown Austin (Tex.) Public Library won’t open until 2016, but facilities manager John Gillum is already getting calls to reserve a 300-person event space that has its own catering kitchen. That won’t be the only food element of the building, designed byarchitects at Lake/Flato in San Antonio. The 198,000-square-foot library now under construction will have both a full-service restaurant and one of the largest culinary demonstration spaces in the city....

Austin (Tex.) American-Statesman, Sept. 9

Audit finds financial irregularities at Chattanooga Public Library

Members of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Public Library board stood behind Director Corinne Hill on September 5 but said they would make sweeping policy changes after audit findings that officials mismanaged some $3,000 during national and worldwide trips to promote the library. Corinne Hill said she will suspend Assistant Director Nate Hill (no relation) and that Systems Administrator Meg Backus will resign at the end of October. The city audit report said both employees were reported to the state for possible fraud....

Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, Sept. 6

Rosa Parks papers go to Library of Congress

The Library of Congress will be the new home of the Rosa Parks Collection, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced September 9. It will be at LC on a 10-year loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The collection consists of 1,500 items belonging to the civil rights activist, including personal correspondence, photographs, autobiographical notes, letters from presidents, her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, clothing and furniture, and 200 drawings by schoolchildren. Buffett’s foundation bought the collection in August, planning to give it to an institution....

Library of Congress, Sept. 9; Associated Press, Sept. 9

Rare books return to the Illinois College Medical Library

Robert Berry writes: “Until 2013, only five titles remained in the once extensive library of the Illinois College medical department in Jacksonville, Illinois. On October 11, 2013, the American College of Surgeons returned the remaining volumes to the campus—165 years after the closing of the medical department. The 71 books that were transferred back to IC are from the former library of the Morgan County Medical Society and were donated to the College in 1941. Here is the background.”...

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, Apr. 4