By Steve Zalusky
The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library is named after NASA astronaut Theodore Cordy “Ted” Freeman, who died after his T-38 jet crashed in 1964. The name reflects Clear Lake City’s status as home to the NASA Johnson Space Center.
But the library, which belongs to the Harris County Public Library system in the Houston area, shows that NASA doesn’t corner the market on innovation. That innovative spirit is palpable at the library’s Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, where the library connects in meaningful ways with the community it serves.
Nowhere was this more graphically illustrated in the case of 5-year-old Katelyn...READ MORE
Historical societies and libraries provide many different types of documented information for their patrons.
One of the types often provided is microfilm of various newspapers and historical documents. A few years ago, several local historical groups met and discussed how they could provide a more efficient and cost-effective means of delivering this information to the public.
This group invited the Iowa County (IA) libraries to be...READ MORE
by Lauren Hertzler, courtesy of PennCurrent
By Steve Zalusky
Andrea Bernard will go out of her way to serve her library patrons. Just ask Stephen Ferguson, her nominator for a 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. Ferguson said he lives alone on a dirt road in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. After undergoing major spinal surgery, he was housebound for four months.
“Throughout the winter, in all kinds of weather, my librarian, Andrea Bernard, brought me an endless supply of books, driving her personal vehicle after library hours. Because Andrea takes a personal interest in all of her patrons, she knew just what books to bring me.”
Ferguson said Bernard, librarian at Tyler Memorial Library in Charlemont, Massachusetts, has renewed his love of libraries...READ MORE