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When the prison doors slam shut on a teen: hope in literacy

Promoting literacy for incarcerated teens is a challenge. Encouraging reluctant readers to read is only one of many obstacles. Ask Karlan Sick, the current chair of Literacy for Incarcerated Teens  (LIT), a nonprofit library services organization that supports school libraries at the New York City school programs for incarcerated youth.  Read more...


Last-minute holiday shopping?  You can't go wrong with a good bookStudents from Minoa Elementary School with RV bookmobile

Books are, to paraphrase an old advertising slogan, the “gift that keeps on giving,” since they can be enjoyed for weeks, months and even years.  They are also the natural gifts for someone who “has everything.”

And if you have some last-minute shopping to do for the holidays and are really stumped about what to get someone, you can’t go wrong with a good book.  This does not mean that you don’t have to put any thought into it, however. The question remains about just what constitutes the right kind of book.

Fortunately, the American Library Association (ALA), which publishes reading lists for all ages, can help out with the choice.  Read more...


Stonewall Book Awards recognize Books of Exceptional Merit relating to the GLBT Experience  Teens Top Ten

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) honors the best of the best in children’s and young literature. The Youth Media Awards, which are awarded during the association’s Midwinter Meeting, are eagerly anticipated by librarians, publishers and the authors and illustrators themselves.

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards serve as a guide for parents, educators, librarians and those interested in providing youth with the very best reading and viewing materials.  The most prominent are the Newbery and Caldecott medals. But collectively, the awards not only speak to the quality of the books, but also reflect the diversity of children’s and young adult literature.  Read more...


Ferguson book gifts grow; library donations over $350,000

When a loved one is threatened, people spring into action, doing things they don’t normally do, be it jumping on grenade, running into a burning building ­— or casting a vote.

Dorothy Bitner, 87, made a point of voting Tuesday, but the draw was not the candidates.

The avid reader and library patron wanted to cast her vote in favor of the levy that would restore operating funds for the county library system.

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141104/DM01/141109692/1296#sthash.dD9rR2Aj.dpuf

When a loved one is threatened, people spring into action, doing things they don’t normally do, be it jumping on grenade, running into a burning building ­— or casting a vote.

Dorothy Bitner, 87, made a point of voting Tuesday, but the draw was not the candidates.

The avid reader and library patron wanted to cast her vote in favor of the levy that would restore operating funds for the county library system.

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141104/DM01/141109692/1296#sthash.dD9rR2Aj.dpuf

Donations to Ferguson Municipal Public Library now top $350,000, and gifts of books will keep the library cataloger busy for some time, library director Scott Bonner says.

"We will have to do some weeding" of the current collection, Bonner said, referring to at least four drives to send books to the independent Ferguson library. Donations of money and new books have poured in since Nov. 24, when St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCullough announced the grand jury's decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Monday night, two weeks after the grand jury announcement, Bonner confirmed that total donations were just about $50,000 less than the library's annual budget. He said by email: "The Board is meeting tonight to work out next steps and make sure every penny is accounted for and worked into a plan."  Read more...

When a loved one is threatened, people spring into action, doing things they don’t normally do, be it jumping on grenade, running into a burning building ­— or casting a vote.

Dorothy Bitner, 87, made a point of voting Tuesday, but the draw was not the candidates.

The avid reader and library patron wanted to cast her vote in favor of the levy that would restore operating funds for the county library system.

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141104/DM01/141109692#sthash.GkH865l4.dpuf

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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...

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I Love my Librarian Award Winner Kevin Ray: Reaching beyond the walls

With his visits to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, Kevin Ray, children’s librarian at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, reaches beyond the walls of his library to provide valuable outreach to the population detained within its walls.

Ray makes sure the center is well stocked with books, bringing approximately 250 books on each visit to the detention center.

His ability to give back to the community is just one of the reasons why Ray was chosen as one of 10 librarians to receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  Read more...

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News

Library usage falls significantly as services shrink

The number of branches still open in Britain has fallen 8% since 2009, with visits down 40m since 2010...

The Guardian, Dec. 10


UNC library gets $25M contract, largest ever from EPA

Thanks to a $25 million contract, the UNC School of Information and Library Science will continue to operate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park Library for another five years...

Triangle Business Journal, Dec. 10


Queens Library Director Thomas Galante could be fired next week for wild spending

The library board next Wednesday will receive a final report that’s expected to recommend Galante’s dismissal, sources say. Using a library corporate credit card, Galante spent more than $40,000 on food, alcohol and entertainment at restaurants, casinos and liquor stores across the nation...

New York Daily News, Dec. 11


Donations soar for Ferguson public library

The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has received more than $350,000 in donations and gifts of books that will keep the library cataloger busy for some time...

KMBC.com, Dec. 9


Library's tale of woe: Bedbugs biting patrons

You don't need a bed to have a bedbug problem. A librarian could tell you that, especially if the librarian works at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, which has been closed since Thursday to combat an infestation there. Patrons at the public computer terminals there started complaining they were being bitten...

Sun Sentinel, Dec. 8


U. of C. Obama library bid: Alliances with other schools

The University of Chicago’s bid for the Obama Presidential library and museum, due Thursday, will include proposals for a variety of collaborations with Chicago area universities and community groups as the school seeks to downplay its elitist image...

ChicagoSun-Times.com, Dec. 8


Library debuts guitar-lending program

Staff members at the Licking County Library are always encouraged to think outside the box when coming up with new ideas and programs to offer the community...

Newark Advocate, Dec. 8