By Steve Zalusky

The school library is the hub of the school, offering students open and equitable access to information as well as a supportive and inclusive space for learning and social interaction.

School libraries help prepare students for a lifetime of learning, with research showing that effective school library programs having a beneficial effect on student performance, including improved reading test scores.  The value of school librarians was given a major affirmation on Dec. 10, 2015, when President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the act, which was approved with bipartisan support, reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education...


by Christoper Cole, courtesy of The News & Advance

An early role teaching poor kids changed the career path of Nan Carmack.

As a student teacher at the College of William and Mary, hoping to make a difference in an impoverished area of Williamsburg (VA), she was just launching an education career when she was struck by a desire to pursue social change.

Carmack, now director of Campbell County Public Library, recalled what may have been her big turning point — watching one day as police brought a young boy into her class whose family had just been evicted...


by Andrew Reed, courtesy of IDED News

Grizzly bear, mule deer and bulk elk, on my!

While all three may be terrifying they’re chillin’ in the Idaho City High School library.  “The specimens haven’t stopped coming,” said John McFarlane, Basin School District superintendent.

Two years ago, an Idaho City resident wanted to give back to the Basin School District. The resident is doing so by donating taxidermy animals — 23 thus far, worth more than $30,000.  “My wife and I are...


By Steve Zalusky

As Thanksgiving looms on the horizon, families are getting ready to gather around the table, share turkey and stuffing and enjoy the company of relatives, not to mention sneaking a look at a minute here and there of football.

Libraries, however, have jumped ahead of the Thanksgiving curve, getting into the holiday spirit by offering programs brimming with holiday cheer and library materials containing Thanksgiving recipes, as well as conducting food drives to help the needy enjoy their holiday.

The Salt Lake County (Utah) Library System this week is offering live entertainment in the form of a magician who is hosting a family-friendly celebration.  At the Carrollton (Texas) Public Library, two days before...


Review of the Day

Hale, Shannon (author) and Dean Hale (author).
Feb. 2017. 336p. Disney/Marvel, hardcover, $13.99 (9781484781548). Grades 4-7.
REVIEW. First published December 1, 2016 (Booklist). The popular but perhaps lesser-known Squirrel Girl comics leap into the realm of the novel thanks to the considerable talent of wife-and-husband team Shannon and Dean Hale. Doreen Green, a peppy 14-year-old with a gorgeous tail (tactfully concealed) and secret squirrel powers, is doing her best to make friends—both human and squirrel—in her new New Jersey town, but it isn’t easy. She’s been dismissed by the popular girls and local LARPers, but Doreen finds a BFF in hearing-impaired classmate Ana Sofía. When Doreen notices...
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Fixing a Stop Light Leads to Getting a Green Light for Community Action

The Red Hook (N.Y) Public Library proved it’s more than just a book-lender when it listened to residents’ frustrations and rallied the small town to protest a faulty traffic light, inspiring community members to address other problems together.  from a disadvantaged neighborhood felt underserved and misrepresented, the Hartford Public Library jumped at the chance to strengthen the neighborhood’s bond to the rest of the city...READ MORE

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