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Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 19-25, 2014. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. 

Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. 

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Engaging Adventures with Gamification

A virtual tour of a city uncovering hidden treasures, small engaging ways of improving existing services and a new digital experience at the library – this is what the joint project Gamification – activating cultural dissemination resulted in. A project taken on by three libraries: Guldborgsund Public Library, Aarhus Public Library and Hjørring Public Library in their attempt to involve users in their services more actively.

Each library contributed with a sub-project exploiting gamification, a method which draws on known elements from games to create a more active dissemination. An interesting tool for libraries to explore to engage citizens in a different and perhaps more entertaining way.

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New Pew Report on Young Americans & Libraries 

The Pew Research Center recently released a new report titled “Younger Americans and Public Libraries: How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lived and communities.” This report surveys younger Americans ages 16-29, which they found were three different generations, according to reading habits, library usage patterns, and attitudes about libraries. The youngest of the three generations is comprised of high schoolers (ages 16-17), the next generation is college-aged (18-24), and the third generation is 25-29.

Library usage among these groups together is significantly higher than those of older generations with 50% reporting having used a library of bookmobile and 36% reporting having used a library website (this is up from 28% in 2012) within the previous 12 months.

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How Libraries Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying 

Several years ago, a teenage girl approached Kara Watson, librarian at the Carrboro (N.C.) High School for help: Some of her fellow students had added inappropriate remarks to the girl’s unsecured Facebook account during study hall. Watson printed all the evidence, had the girl delete the offending remarks, and reported the incident to the principal.

Before study hall was over, the principal was dealing with the perpetrators. 

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Take Action

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...

Showcase

American Dream Starts @ your library grant allows CA library to expand ESL classes

Through an American Dream Starts @ your library grant awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the American Library Association, the Riverside County (Calif.) Library System has been able to expand ESL classes for adult learners.

In this countywide program, volunteers are working with one-on-one tutoring to help individuals learn to read and write.

In the county, which is spread over 7,200 square miles, it is estimated that there are over 50,000 people in Riverside County who are eligible for citizenship. However, there are several barriers in their way. One barrier to citizenship is being able to speak, read and write English in order to take the Citizenship Exam.

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News

With funding running out, Kotzebue library faces uncertain future

It seems the shoestring is running out for the Chukchi Consortium Library in Kotzebue.

But what that means for the community hot spot exactly is still unclear.....

Alaska Dispatch News, Oct. 14


Athens library's former business manager charged with stealing more than $17,000 from library

A former business manager of the Athens-Limestone Public Library is now facing charges that she stole a lot of its money during several months that she works there....

AL.com, Oct. 13


Roanoke's renovated downtown library to reopen Tuesday

The curling, yellow slide is safe and fully functional.

Roanoke Director of Libraries Sheila Umberger, a stickler for details, can attest. With Roanoke’s Main Library about to reopen after an 11-month, $3.4 million renovation, she wants everything just right....

Roanoke.com, Oct. 13


Forbes Library receives state grant to improve services for people with disabilities

Forbes Library has received an $18,100 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to improve services for people with disabilities...

GazetteNet.com, Oct. 12


100,000 Los Angeles elementary students still without libraries

About 40 percent of Los Angeles Unified elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, according to figures recently released by the district....

89.3KPCC, Oct. 13


With no Internet at home, Miami-Dade kids crowd libraries for online homework

Once again, Christina Morua found herself in the South Dade library longer than she would like on a school night. The 28-year-old single mom sat in the bustling children’s section on a recent Thursday, waiting for her fourth-grader to get on a computer and start some online math homework. 

“We don’t have any Internet at home,” Morua said as her oldest, 11-year-old Abel, clicked through an assignment on a library laptop while Alina, 9, waited for her turn at a desktop. “We just reserved a computer. We have to wait 70 minutes. He got one of the last laptops....

Miami Herald, Oct. 12


Jazz greats on tap at San Ramon Library

It's performance night and the stage is set with a black curtain backdrop, a grand piano, intimate lights and comfy seating for 120 people who are about to experience an up-close and personal evening with world-class musicians. Coffee and dessert will be served at intermission....

Contra Costa Times, Oct. 14