by Anne Ford, courtesy of American Libraries

On June 1, the Philadelphia Inquirer broke the news that the Free Library of Philadelphia’s McPherson Square Branch had a serious problem with opioid use among patrons. By June 3, everybody from the Washington Post to National Public Radio...

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by Suzanne Perez Tobias, courtesy of The Wichita Eagle

A couple of times each month, lunchtime crowds at the Pop-Up Urban Park in downtown Wichita (KS) can get their food-truck cuisine with a side of literature.

The Wichita Public Library, as part of a new outreach effort, occasionally sends “Pop-Up Librarians” to the park at 121 E. Douglas to give away books and tell urban professionals about all the resources the library offers.

“It’s about surprising people with what a library is,” said Stephanie Huff, spokeswoman for the Wichita library.  “We give away books for free on a regular basis with loaning. So this is a little...

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by Nik Beimler, courtesy of Fosters.com

When Cathy Beaudoin started working at the Dover Public Library (NH) in 1975, the building dealt exclusively in books, magazines and other print sources.  A few years later, the library acquired its first computer, an Intel 286.

Fast forward nearly 40 years, and Beaudoin is guiding the library through a turbulent technological time by updating how the city department does business, attracts customers and remains a vital part of the community.

“People used to come in and ask us, ‘What’s the state bird of Ohio?’” Beaudoin said. “Nobody needs to come here for that...

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by Lisa Lindle, courtesy of Distrct Dispatch

In light of the threatened cuts to IMLS and federal library funding this year, we have seen an outpouring a support and an increase in advocacy efforts by librarians across the country. Over 42,000 emails were sent to the House and Senate during the Fight for Libraries! campaign alone! But many libraries did not stop at phone calls and emails.

In April, Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library decided to...

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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 (
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