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2012 I Love My Librarian Award winner uses her winnings to go mobile Students from Minoa Elementary School with RV bookmobile

The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District in New York is undergoing some major changes, including a renovation at Pine Grove Middle School that has resulted in students temporarily relocating to six buildings in the district.

School Librarian Sue Kowalski is rolling with the changes.

Using the money from her winnings as one of the 10 recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, Kowalski purchased an RV that she has dubbed Ms. Lindy and is using as a bookmobile to ensure her students continue to receive library services.  Read more...


Official Teens' Top Ten titles announced Teens Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. 

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Picture Book Month Celebrates Caldecott, Picture Book MonthOthers

Children’s picture books invite readers to climb into a world filled with magical images, adventurous themes and thought-provoking perspectives.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than by the wonderful books that have been honored by receiving the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the best picture books for children, awarded each year by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Named after nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott, the medal illustrates the infinite range encompassed by picture books.

The 2014 Medal Winner was Locomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca, which accompanies a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869.

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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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Rutgers should maintain its commitment to faculty, students and education

University President Robert L. Barchi has called students the “heart and soul” of the University, but as Rutgers management moves the University into the major leagues of college football, members of the University community — students, staff and faculty — are left questioning the veracity of this claim when academics suffer. There may be no more telling example than the University libraries, where massive budgets cuts are coupled with Big Ten fees and additional resource demands.

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News

Amazon debuts Kindle ‘Family Library'

An Amazon software update is allowing newer models of the Kindle to have up to six accounts on the same device, according to GeekWire....

KSHB Kansas City, Nov. 17


Aurora Free Library committee wins state library award for preservation efforts

The Empire Friends Roundtable of the New York Library Association recognized the work of the Building Preservation Committee of the Aurora Free Library by awarding them the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award for 2014...

Auburnpub.com, Nov. 17


Parasites @ Your Library

Computer use and circulation are both down at the library, and the anti-parasite trustee believes it’s because the library introduced fees for non-residents to use computers and to attend library programming...

Annoyed Librarian, Nov. 17


NC library donates Nazi photos to Holocaust Museum

A collection of photographs of Nazi Germany during World War II now belongs to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., after spending decades in North Carolina...

The Washington Post, Nov. 16


At library celebration, Bill Clinton and others talk up the past, but not the future

Bill Clinton, his presidential legacy and his outsize political persona — barbecue and saxophones included — is everywhere here this weekend in the Arkansas capital, the bosom of the Clinton political brand and home to his presidential library...

The Washington Post, Nov. 14


New York Public Library Names New Chairman

The New York Public Library is expected to name a new chairman at its board meeting on Tuesday. Evan R. Chesler, the chairman of the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, will replace Neil L. Rudenstine, who announced in October that he would step down...

The New York Times, Nov. 14


Twin Cities' oldest library is being reborn as a job skills center

North Branch, the Twin Cities’ oldest library, is being reborn as a job skills center for the 21st century...

Star Tribune, Nov. 14

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Posted on October 26, 2014 | 1:26 pm