by Steve Zaluksy

Teens will be telling their stories in our nation’s library for this year’s Teen Read Week.

Teen Read Week™ is an annual national adolescent literacy initiative created in 1998 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.  Held in October the same week as Columbus Day, it encourages teens to be regular readers and library users.

This year, it will be held Oct. 8-14 with the theme “Unleash Your Story,” with libraries encouraging teens to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folk tales and more in their local library.

As part of Teen Read Week, several...


Online security is a growing concern, especially in the wake of the alarming cyber attacks that have compromised the personal information of millions.

One of the most shocking was the attack on the credit reporting agency Equifax, which affected more than 140 million users.  Prior to that hack, the Pew Research Center found in a 2016 study that more than 60 percent of Americans had been affected by a major data breach or data theft incident.

As we search for resources to make ourselves less vulnerable, one resource we can use is our nation’s public libraries, which are offering digital literacy training and valuable information.

Throughout the month of October, the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the...


By Steve Zalusky

Book Club Central Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker will reveal her second book selection on Oct. 11, 2017, just prior to the start of National Friends of Libraries Week.

National Friends of Libraries Week honors our nation’s Friends of Libraries groups. It is a time not only to celebrate Friends, but also to promote themselves in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. It also affords the chance for libraries and boards of trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

Book Club Central was launched this year by the American Library Association (ALA). Designed in consultation with expert librarians to provide the public with the very best in reading, this...


by Phil Morehart, courtesy of American Libraries

Oregon City’s (OR) 104-year-old Carnegie library, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, received a massive face-lift that increased its size threefold while maintaining its historic charm.

The additions include a centralized entryway, a new children’s section, a reading room, community spaces, and increased tech capabilities.

Project: Renovation and expansion
Architect: Scott I Edwards Architecture
Size: 20,200...


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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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Book Club Central - ALA's new resource for book-group leaders and readers, including  book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.

Pamphlet: Quotable facts about America's Libraries, 2017 edition

DePaul University (Chicago) Librarian Scott Walter remembers what he was thinking when he heard ALA President Julie Todaro announce her “expert in the library” focus for the Libraries Transform campaign, “It struck me as a perfect platform for deepening academic library engagement.” READ MORE


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