by Jason Kornwitz, courtesy of News@Northeastern

In the summer of 2012, Seema and Suraj Korumilli, then 12-year-old twins from Plainsboro, New Jersey, visited Kapileswarapuram, India, their ancestral homeland. “Walking through the village,” Seema recalls, “was a coming-of-age moment.”

The siblings—now first-year students at Northeastern—were shocked by the lack of books, computers, and other educational resources available to the villagers and vowed to effect positive change. As Seema explains, “We felt like it would have been a crime if we didn’t give back to the community that had fostered our entire family and become an integral...


by Richard Freedman, courtesy of Vallejo Times-Herald

Nearly 50 children’s chairs at the Benicia Public Library (CA) were given new life thanks to furniture repairmen with some time on their hands.

For some, lots of time.  “After 25 years, they were looking a little beat up and not very appealing,” said David Dodd, Benicia’s Director of Library and Culture Services.  While “exploring a number of options,” replacing the chairs or having them professionally renovated wasn’t one.  “All very expensive,” Dodd said.

Thanks to a friend of a friend of a friend — OK, it was interior designer Kristine Passalacqua...


by Trista Thurston, courtesy of Observer-Reporter

Chess is increasingly popular at Carmichaels Area High School (OH), partially thanks to an outdoor, oversized board in the school’s new commons.

During the high school renovation, finished in late 2015, there was an area just outside the high school library used to house temporary classrooms. After those buildings were removed, they left a muddy, unusable mess.

Librarian Cassie Menhart said that she talked with the administration...


by Steve Zalusky

Located in the nation’s movie capital, the Musicians Institute Library serves about 1,000 undergraduate students and 250 faculty members at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music City in Los Angeles. Its college-level performance programs cover such areas as film composition, the music business and audio engineering.

Students and faculty alike depend on the library. In the words of Beth Marlis, “MI faculty and students rely on the library as the central hub for resources and materials related to their classes and career.

Julie Bill is the conductor and arranger of this symphony of information.  Marlis, who nominated Bills for a 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, said the students and faculty...


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