by Anne Ford, courtesy of American Libraries

When Teresa Lucas decided to teach basic life skills to young adults via an “Adulting 101” library program series last year, she was not expecting a media onslaught. But that’s what she got.

“We had tens of thousands of Facebook hits, of calls, of emails. It was crazy,” says Lucas, who is assistant director of library services at North Bend (Oreg.) Public Library (NBPL). “Other libraries were saying: ‘Oh, tell me more, tell me more!’ At one point, I could barely keep up.”

The frenzy reached its zenith on March 29, when Kelly Ripa, cohost of the nationally syndicated morning talk show ...

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by Ricardo Kaulessar, courtesy of Northjersey.com

It doesn't take an Einstein to realize the value of libraries, although Albert Einstein himself famously observed, "The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library."

That is advice that people in communities far and wide, including Ridgewood, Wayne and Montclair (NJ), have taken to heart for decades.  However, libraries in those municipalities, and across North Jersey, are not merely...

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by Leandra Beabout, courtesy of the Goshen News

This spring, patrons of the Bristol Public Library (IN) got a surprise: little cat feet padding through the stacks. Page Turner, the library’s new feline, was a former stray picked up by the Humane Society until the staff found her a home.

Dawn Powell, the library’s adult coordinator, explained, “We were looking for a dog, a ‘Paws to Read’ therapy dog. And then we said, ‘What about a rabbit? Something cuddly?’”

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New Orleans, La.
Dedicated: June 25th, 1993
Partners: Friends of New Orleans Public Library

624 Pirate’s Alley was designated a Literary Landmark by the Friends of New Orleans Public Library on June 25th, 1993 in honor of American author William Faulkner. Faulkner lived on the ground floor of the house in 1925.

It was at this house in the French Quarter that Faulkner completed his first novel Soldier’s Pay. This was the novel that made Faulkner a famous author. Up until that point he was a starving artist struggling to make it in New Orleans. After the publishing of his first novel, Faulkner left for Paris, however the time spent in the shadow of the St. Louis Cathedral and the gardens in his backyard...

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Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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