By Steve Zalusky

The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library is named after NASA astronaut Theodore Cordy “Ted” Freeman, who died after his T-38 jet crashed in 1964.  The name reflects Clear Lake City’s status as home to the NASA Johnson Space Center.

But the library, which belongs to the Harris County Public Library system in the Houston area, shows that NASA doesn’t corner the market on innovation.  That innovative spirit is palpable at the library’s Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, where the library connects in meaningful ways with the community it serves.

Nowhere was this more graphically illustrated in the case of 5-year-...

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by Annette Shannahan, courtesy of Iowa City Press-Citizen

Historical societies and libraries provide many different types of documented information for their patrons.

One of the types often provided is microfilm of various newspapers and historical documents. A few years ago, several local historical groups met and discussed how they could provide a more efficient and cost-effective means of delivering this information to the public.

This group invited the Iowa County (IA) libraries to be...

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by Lauren Hertzler, courtesy of PennCurrent

Will Torrence, a librarian at the South Philadelphia (PA) branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, offers far more than books to the local community. He fields questions all day long, a third of which are about health issues. He listens  to patrons, who often come to the library when they are in need—or even in crisis—and he tries to improvise solutions to their most pressing challenges.
 
“We can’t do everything, but every bit of help we can give makes a...
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By Steve Zalusky

Andrea Bernard will go out of her way to serve her library patrons.  Just ask Stephen Ferguson, her nominator for a 2016 I Love My Librarian Award.  Ferguson said he lives alone on a dirt road in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. After undergoing major spinal surgery, he was housebound for four months.

“Throughout the winter, in all kinds of weather, my librarian, Andrea Bernard, brought me an endless supply of books, driving her personal vehicle after library hours. Because Andrea takes a personal interest in all of her patrons, she knew just what books to bring me.”

Ferguson said Bernard, librarian at Tyler Memorial Library in Charlemont, Massachusetts, has renewed his love of libraries...

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Ford, Richard (author).
May 2017. 192p. illus. Ecco, hardcover, $25.99 (9780062661883). 813.
REVIEW. First published February 15, 2017 (Booklist). Clearly Ford (
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The Spokane County (Wash.) Library District is known for its customer service, material lending and management of public dollars. So when a new library director suggested a community-oriented initiative to staff members in 2012, some rolled their eyes. But after some initial skepticism, the changes have been overwhelmingly positive...READ MORE


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