By Christian Zabriskie, Yonkers Public Library/Urban Librarians Unite

The President’s preliminary budget, among other things, defunds and would close the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS), the federal agency charged with providing support to libraries.

IMLS funds make experimental and innovative library services possible. It also provides essential support for small rural libraries as well as for every state library in the nation (which use federal funds for resources to which every library in the state typically has access). While IMLS’ work is often in the background, it is no less crucial for that.  Much of its work is carried out with funds through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  Libraries...

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By Steve Zalusky

With critical federal funding for libraries in danger of disappearing in the President’s budget, now is the time for library supporters to contact their legislators in Washington.

Hundreds of librarians will be doing just that by participating in National Library Legislative Day, a two-day advocacy event held May 1 and 2 that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress rally support for library issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. 

But even if you can’t make it out to...

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by Steve Zaluksy

Libraries not only foster literacy. They also cultivate cross-cultural understanding.  This will be amply demonstrated on April 30, when hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that promotes literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a commitment to include and celebrate a variety of cultures every day, year-round, culminating annually on April 30. Día recognizes and respects culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

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by Timothy Inklebarger, courtesy of American Libraries

Novato Public Library, located in a small town in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a meeting place for military veterans. That’s thanks to a four-year-old California public library program called Veterans Connect @ the Library, which helps put veterans in touch with benefits and services.

At Novato, for example, one retired Air Force officer who volunteers at the library has become someone whom vets can not only get information from but can also communicate with, according to Kevin Graves, a Bay Area coordinator with the California Department of...

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Review of the Day


Dessen, Sarah (author).
June 2017. 368p. Viking, hardcover, $19.99 (9780425290330). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published April 1, 2017 (Booklist).

For Louna, weddings are a science: she can handle out-of-control bridesmaids, nervous brides, and missing ring bearers, and she knows exactly what to do with fresh flowers, fairy lights, and mason jars (they’re so in right now). Louna’s mom, Natalie, is a sought-after wedding planner, and for Natalie (divorced) and her business partner, William (chronically single), romance is a science, too: they’re scarily accurate when it comes to betting on how long a marriage will last. Louna, though, believes she’s already had her romance—a summer-...

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