by Jackie Valley, courtesy of The Nevada Independent

The calls came just as Baca and her husband were crawling into bed that Sunday night. Baca’s phone rang first. It was her best friend whose sister was attending the concert with the twins.

“I just remember her saying, ‘Do you know what’s going on? Do you know what’s going on?’” she said.

Months earlier, their daughters had asked permission to attend the country music festival. After some consideration, the Bacas decided...


by Brian Whitehead, courtesy of The San Bernardino Sun

Every weekday morning, four female cats anxiously await the contents of a Ziploc bag Milor High School (CA) library tech Lisa Natoli retrieves from a cupboard near her desk.  When the cat food hits the asphalt, the felines swarm.

The number of stray and abandoned cats on campus used to be higher, but many have found new homes. Natoli speaks affectionately of Jelly, the white runt she saved from the heat last summer. Milor principal Andres Luna, too, adopted a cat, a queen that somehow found refuge for her four kittens inside his office a...


by Maggie Bush, courtesy of American Libraries

Libraries offer a prime opportunity for voters to gain access to critical information they need to cast a knowledgeable vote. Whether your library has a longstanding voter engagement effort underway or you’re just getting started, here are some tips for getting the most out of your voter outreach campaign this year.

Offer nonpartisan voter registration

The data couldn’t be clearer: Millions of Americans miss the opportunity to vote in major election years because they aren’t registered to vote. In fact, nearly...


by Steve Zalusky

Libraries open the world of reading to teens by encouraging them to use wide array of reading materials available for free at their local library – books, magazines, audiobooks and ebooks.

Reading can be a fun and relaxing activity, but it is an important skill that will lead to better performance in school and leave teens better prepared to face career challenges.

Each year, libraries celebrate Teen Read Week, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and generously supported in part by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It began in 1998 and is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to...


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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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