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By Christie Rotondo, courtesy of Press of Atlantic City

Just a few hours before a snowstorm was forecasted to barrel into South Jersey on Monday, Janet Arabia, of Linwood, was getting prepared.  She wasn’t buying a shovel or milk, though — she was checking out James Patterson’s novel “Private Vegas” from the Somers Point branch of the Atlantic County Library System.

“We’re ready,” she said of herself and her father, Jay, who was taking out a book about woodworking. “I’ve got my flashlight and my book.”  Kevin McCabe, who manages the Somers Point branch, said that when snow is in the forecast, many people will come...


For one week, libraries will be taking their cue from Frank Sinatra in the song “New York, New York.” Much like the Big Apple in the song, the library is a place where, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

“Libraries are for making” is the theme of this year’s Teen Tech Week (March 8-14), an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Teen Tech Week gives libraries a chance to shine the spotlight on the great digital resources and services they make available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.

And what better way to showcase that than by capitalizing on the makerspaces trend.

Makerspaces in...


by Curtis Wackerle, courtesy of Aspen Daily News

A handful of big-ticket private donations helped the Pitkin County Library absorb the rising cost of its expansion project, which is now estimated at as much as $13.5 million.  Voters rejected a tax increase that would have funded a larger, $10.5 million expansion in 2012. Going into that election, the library had about $5.5 million in the bank that had been donated to support an expansion.

Since then, construction costs have increased as the economy bounces back out of the recession, said head librarian Kathy Chandler.  “Everyone is facing inflation for construction projects in the valley,” she said.

The expansion that the library is about to build was redesigned after...


The house at 4 Woodford St., Worcester, Mass., was the boyhood home of poet Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006). Speakers at the Literary Landmark dedication included event organizer Judith Ferrara, who gave the history of the project, the house, and the neighborhood; Kevin M. Dowd, president of the Worcester Public Library board of directors; Carle Johnson, president of the Stanley Kunitz Society, and Michael True, co-founder of the Worcester County Poetry Association. The plaque was unveiled by Carol Stockmal, current resident of 4 Woodford St., and Gretchen Kunitz, Stanley Kunitz's daughter.

The house at 4 Woodford St. was built in 1919 by Kunitz's mother, Yetta. The family resided there until 1925, when the widowed Mrs. Kunitz...

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Smiley, Jane (author).
May 2015. 496p. Knopf, hardcover, $26.95 (9780307700322).
REVIEW. First published March 1, 2015 (Booklist).

Smiley continues the multigenerational, cross-country saga of the Iowa-rooted Langdon family she began in