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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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Collection of Artwork Donated to Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 

Works from internationally acclaimed artists Joan Miro, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Buffalo native Charles Clough are part of a spectacular collection of modern and contemporary art donated to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library by the foundation of former Library Director Donald H. Cloudsley (1925 – 2012).

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Official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug. 15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 12-18, 2014). Altogether, over 12,000 votes were cast for the 25 nominees. 

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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...

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Funding cuts to libraries leads to book shortage: Library asks you to ‘Share the Reads’ to add titles 

Over the past six years, state funding for public libraries has been cut more than 25 percent, which means fewer new books have been purchased. The result has been a decrease in books checked out, not only in the AMY Regional Library System but also statewide.

While Avery, Mitchell and Yancey libraries are maintaining crucial services including new computer technologies, children’s programs and partnerships with key service groups such as the domestic violence shelters, senior and childcare centers and after school programs, new book purchases for patrons have suffered because of the funding cuts.

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Actor LeVar Burton Comes to Fayetteville for Library Event

Literacy advocate and actor, LeVar Burton, will be at the Fayetteville Public Library tonight for its 10th anniversary celebration....

5News, Oct. 22


Van Replaces Oregon City's $1 Million Library

A city in northern Oregon has been reduced to using a van as its sole library after a blueprint mix-up shut down a newly built $1.2 million facility.

The new library had been open for less than a month before the wall it shares with City Hall was found to be a fire hazard...

abc News, Oct. 22


North Utah County Library Cooperative continues to grow

As cities in northern Utah County continue to experience rapid population growth, the North Utah County Library Cooperative has also grown from four to six member libraries...

Herald Extra, Oct. 21


Southeast Nashville opens cutting-edge library, rec center

The combination library and recreation center that opened in Antioch on Tuesday was long overdue, city officials admitted — but it's as cutting-edge as you'll find anywhere in Davidson County...

The Tennessean, Oct. 21


Hampton: Library safe, despite sex assault

Hampton City officials say there is no reason to question the safety of the local library, after police say a man assaulted a teenager there...

WAVY.com, Oct. 22


Library to trim about 300,000 books from collection

The Calgary Public Library wants to reduce its book stocks by about 300,000 in order to free up more space in the buildings to run programs.

The surplus books will be cleared out before the end of the year. They will be sold through a re-seller...

CBC News, Oct. 21


Music studio, STEM rooms added to Downers Grove library

After six months of construction and renovations Downers Grove Public Library officials unveiled an updated facility promising 21st century services to the community...

Chicago Tribune, Oct. 20