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Cell Phone Book Clubs Get Young People Reading

In 2008, I graduated from Southampton High School, which did an admirable job of preparing me for college. I say “admirable” because at the time I had no idea just how disadvantaged my county was compared to the wealthy suburban schools of Northern Virginia and Richmond that populate most of the state’s universities and, in some cases, the Ivy Leagues. My rural county simply did, and does, not have the resources to compete.

As a student in the Virginia public schools and at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, I noticed a common pattern among the more successful students. They read books as kids. And the earlier they started, the faster they read, the more novels they enjoyed, and the better they fared in life and work.


Celebrating Teen Read Week at an Urban Independent School

I work as an independent school librarian in Brooklyn, NY. Our school serves grades PK-12 with two separate libraries. We have a PK-4 space and a space for grades 5-12. Our Non-Fiction is integrated with stickers signifying approximate age range. We have three separate fiction sections which are Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult.

As a school librarian, Teen Read Week is often blended into the background but that doesn’t mean it is not celebrated.  In October, we are just getting into the groove of being back at school, the book clubs have just begun gaining momentum and the bulletin boards are in their full display glory.


Long Nights Build Library Use

The idea of an all-nighter might not hold much appeal past a certain age. Many librarians, however, are using all-nighters to build an enthusiastic audience of student users through the Long Night Against Procrastination. 

One student at Crozet Library, a branch of Jefferson-Madison (Va.) Regional Library, left a remarkable thank-you note with young adult librarian Allie Haddix about the library's Exam Cram event for high school students: “Because of the services that you have provided, I will study hard and efficiently, get good grades, get into the best college, and change the world.”


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Queens Library Fetes 104-year old Patron 

Sadie Rosenkrantz is like many other Queens residents: she loves to read. She visits her community library in Forest Hills regularly, at least once a week. Today, Sadie celebrated her 104th birthday at the library. Staff honored her with a bouquet, and dedicated two new books to her by a favorite author, James Patterson.

Sadie has been visiting Queens Library at Forest Hills for the past 60 years. She enjoys attending the musical programs, and especially concerts from Lincoln Center Local. She checks out the library's calendar to find events of interest on Saturday afternoons, after her regular hair dresser's appointment. Sadie has a close relationship with all the library's staff, and especially with Bibi Khan, who is the Customer Service Representative. They frequently speak on the phone. Sadie says the service at the library is "absolutely fantastic." She is concerned for the future: what if her favorite library people retire?


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New set of Banned Books Week trading cards

The Lawrence (Kans.) Public Library on September 18 unveiled its third edition of banned books trading cards, the project that asks residents to submit artwork inspired by censored books for the chance to have it converted into a collector’s item. Forty-seven artists submitted works, seven of which were chosen by a panel of judges. Following Banned Books Week, the library will have the 2014 deck available for purchase online....

Lawrence (Kans.) Journal-World, Sept. 18

New York insists on more school librarians

New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. (right) has rejected New York City’s request to employ fewer librarians in schools, in part because the city took too long to come up with an alternative plan to provide library services to students. King said he was troubled by the number of city schools that don’t have librarians on staff, a violation of state regulations. In a decision he issued to the city and union lawyers representing librarians last week, King ordered the city to begin following the rules immediately....

Chalkbeat: New York, Sept. 22

Library student helps create Ebola tracking site

A team of students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including School of Information and Library Science student Alison Blaine (right), has joined in the fight against the Ebola epidemic by helping to create ebolainliberia.org. This website, which launched in early September, was commissioned by Liberia’s Ministry of Information and Communication. It seeks to provide a central location for data about the Ebola outbreak....

UNC Library News and Events, Sept. 23

Challenge to The Fault in Our Stars

Riverside (Calif.) Unified School District’s book reconsideration committee voted September 22 to remove John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars from its middle schools after a parent challenged the teen love story as inappropriate for that age group. But the book will be allowed at high school libraries, said committee chairwoman Christine Allen, librarian at Arlington High School, where the meeting was held....

Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise, Sept. 22

Sacramento seeks to be a Library of Things

Sonya Sorich writes: “A guy walks into a library, and leaves with a sewing machine. No, that’s not the start of a bad joke. It could be the future of the local library system. Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library is seeking public input for the creation of a Library of Things—a system that would allow patrons to borrow an expanded list of items other than books.”...

Sacramento Business Journal, Sept. 23

Memphis to get Teen Learning Lab

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis, Tennessee, is ramping up to begin construction on its $2 million state-of-the-art Teen Learning Lab, which is slated for a spring 2015 opening. The 8,300-square foot space will include video and audio production labs, editing and mixing stations, a video game zone for paying and creating games, formal and informal learning areas, digital and analog displays, an art studio, a performance stage, and a Makerspace, as well as brainstorming, homework, and collaboration zones....

High Ground News, Sept. 17

Bangor thief sentenced

A man who admitted to stealing historic photographs and posters from the Bangor (Maine) Public Library was sentenced September 16 to two years in prison with all but six months suspended after pleading guilty to a theft charge. Russell Graves was also sentenced to two years of probation, which means he cannot come into the library. Earlier this year, Graves took 75 Civil War-era cartes de visite and about 50 posters from World War I and World War II....

Bangor (Maine) Daily News, Sept. 17