by Cynthia Hubert, courtesy of the Sacramento Bee

For many of Sacramento’s (CA) homeless men and women, the public library is a haven from harsh weather, a primary source for bathroom facilities, a place to rest from the stress of the streets.

Sacramento library director Rivkah Sass welcomes them all, she said, as long as their behavior is not disruptive to staff members and other patrons.

But as the homeless crisis deepens in the capital city and around the country, libraries increasingly are seeing people with untreated mental illnesses that cause them to act oddly, or put themselves or others in danger.

“Clearly,...

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by Katie Scherrer, courtesy of American Libraries

What is yoga? This seemingly straightforward question can elicit a variety of responses, depending on who you ask. Yoga may be thought of as a form of exercise, a spiritual practice, a fitness fad, a relaxation strategy, or an esoteric form of self-torture. Often, it is defined as a union of the body, heart, and mind—what we experience when these seemingly disparate parts of the self are brought together.

It may be difficult for us to remember as adults, but for young children, movement is a learning process that requires intense concentration. A child’s early physical and sensory...

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by Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa, courtesy of the Arizona Daily Sun

The NAU Institute for Human Development (AZ) is home to two separate libraries that lend out all sorts of gadgets, toys, devices and even computer programs that allow students, teachers and families with disabilities the opportunity to try before they buy technology that may make their lives easier.

“We offer seven core services,” said Jill Pleasant, the program director at the Arizona Technology Access Program. Those services include two libraries that lend out...

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by Steve Zalusky

If you want to find out what’s happening in Warwick, New York, visit the Albert Wisner Public Library.

That wasn’t always the case. Cooper, one of the winners of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, transformed this small-town library that was underfunded and inadequate into a vibrant 21st-Century community center, said her nominator, Susan Supak.

The library’s value to the community was thrown into vivid relief during Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane rolled through the Warwick area, resulting in downed trees, power outages and flooded roads. In fact, for some, the power outages lasted for as long as 10 days, a hardship made especially difficult by a shortage of gasoline for cars and generators.

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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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