by Steve Zalusky

Many see today as the golden age of gaming, and libraries are playing a huge role in fostering that age.

Gaming offers a wealth of benefits to library users. Besides being fun for players, gaming encourages important values.  According to the American Library Association’s Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT), the games educate as they entertain.  For one thing, the games have literary value. After all, you have to know how to read in order to play. 

In addition, “Social games encourage language skills through peer learning. In game chat or forums, if ‘rogue’ is misspelled ‘rouge,’ the misspeller will be corrected.”  Games encourage literacy activities such as reading, writing and...


by Karen Shuey, courtesy of Reading Eagle

The Reading Public Library (PA) is the place Porshia Maldonado goes to escape the bustling city outside.

In here, silence is golden. In here, she can learn about the wonders of the world. In here, she can find the answer to any question in a matter of seconds.  And she said the best part is that everything is free. 

The 24-year-old Reading resident, who said she tries to stretch her budget as far as possible, spends a few hours each day working as an online mystery shopper from the computer lounge or scanning the bookshelves for interesting titles.  "This is...


by Amie Wright, courtesy of American Libraries

For 23 years Small Press Expo (SPX) has been a forum for independent, international, and self-published comics creators. This year’s expo, held September 16–17 in Bethesda, Maryland, provided opportunities for collection development and advocacy work in libraries, including the annual Ignatz Awards, partnerships with the Library of Congress (LC) and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and its purposefully intimate setting in which creators and fans could converse.



Designed in the late 1960s, the James K. Moffitt Library’s fourth- and fifth-floor renovations brought the library into the 21st century, with the addition of studios for audio and video recording, a wellness room, and a gender-neutral restroom.

Accessible 24 hours a day, the spaces were designed for maximum natural light exposure, allowing for outdoor views throughout the building and decreased lighting expenditures.

Project: Renovation
Architect: Gensler
Size: 125,000 square feet
Cost: $15 million
Photo: Jasper Sanidad


Review of the Day

Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
Take action for Libraries

Advocacy matters.


Help the American Library Association help libraries.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2018 Longlist. How many have you read?
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


Libraries Transform