By Steve Zalusky

With critical federal funding for libraries in danger of disappearing in the President’s budget, now is the time for library supporters to contact their legislators in Washington.

Hundreds of librarians will be doing just that by participating in National Library Legislative Day, a two-day advocacy event held May 1 and 2 that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress rally support for library issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. 

But even if you can’t make it out to...

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by Steve Zaluksy

Libraries not only foster literacy. They also cultivate cross-cultural understanding.  This will be amply demonstrated on April 30, when hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that promotes literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a commitment to include and celebrate a variety of cultures every day, year-round, culminating annually on April 30. Día recognizes and respects culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

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by Timothy Inklebarger, courtesy of American Libraries

Novato Public Library, located in a small town in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a meeting place for military veterans. That’s thanks to a four-year-old California public library program called Veterans Connect @ the Library, which helps put veterans in touch with benefits and services.

At Novato, for example, one retired Air Force officer who volunteers at the library has become someone whom vets can not only get information from but can also communicate with, according to Kevin Graves, a Bay Area coordinator with the California Department of...

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by Steve Zalusky

Now more than ever, knowing how to handle money is critical to our survival. Virtually from cradle to grave, we are faced with financial challenges, and how we face up to those challenges depends on how well we arm ourselves with reliable, accurate information.

From April 22-29, 2017, more than 1,000 of our nation’s libraries will be participating in Money Smart Week®. Library events will focus on such issues as smart investing for college, a new car, a house or retirement, first-time homebuying, how to reduce property taxes, foreclosure prevention, getting out of debt and estate planning.

Libraries of all types provide programming for all ages and all stages of life on topics such as: basic budgeting;...

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Review of the Day


Dessen, Sarah (author).
June 2017. 368p. Viking, hardcover, $19.99 (9780425290330). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published April 1, 2017 (Booklist).

For Louna, weddings are a science: she can handle out-of-control bridesmaids, nervous brides, and missing ring bearers, and she knows exactly what to do with fresh flowers, fairy lights, and mason jars (they’re so in right now). Louna’s mom, Natalie, is a sought-after wedding planner, and for Natalie (divorced) and her business partner, William (chronically single), romance is a science, too: they’re scarily accurate when it comes to betting on how long a marriage will last. Louna, though, believes she’s already had her romance—a summer-...

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Because You Never Know Whose Life You Might Transform

Touger Vang had no previous experience with libraries before coming to the United States as a refugee from Laos in 1982 at the age of 10. Today he is a public services coordinator for the Yolo County Library in West Sacramento, California, where he manages early literacy programs and adult services program and outreach activities....READ MORE


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