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Get Outside the Lines @ your library

The Campaign for America’s Libraries supports the efforts of Outside the Lines as a way for libraries and librarians to reach out to their communities and promote public awareness for today’s libraries. 

During Outside the Lines (Sept.14-20, 2014), organizations from across the U.S. and Canada will host an event or campaign that helps people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement and are more relevant than ever to people’s lives. 

In honor of Outside the Lines, the Campaign for America’s Libraries has developed a special promotion for libraries and librarians as they work within their communities to reconnect and re-engage the public with today’s libraries.  Read more....


Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 21−27, 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


Back-to-School Tips for Parents

It’s back-to-school time, and students, equipped with the necessary supplies, are ready to tackle another school year.

School supplies aren’t limited to what the student carries in their backpack. The school library furnishes ready-made “school supplies” - resources designed to maximize a child’s educational experience.

Beyond a place where students can visit to check out books, the school library is a place where students can work on their homework assignments, explore new technology, and share new thoughts and ideas. The presence of the school librarian ensures that they can gather and learn in a safe environment.



Is This the Real Life?: Graphic Novels 

September brings a lot of things: cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, the start of a new school year, Library Card Sign-up Month, and Banned Books Week, to name just a few. This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on comics and I thought I would share some contemporary, realistic graphic novels. What other recommendations do you have?





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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...


Queens Library Fetes 104-year old Patron 

Sadie Rosenkrantz is like many other Queens residents: she loves to read. She visits her community library in Forest Hills regularly, at least once a week. Today, Sadie celebrated her 104th birthday at the library. Staff honored her with a bouquet, and dedicated two new books to her by a favorite author, James Patterson.

Sadie has been visiting Queens Library at Forest Hills for the past 60 years. She enjoys attending the musical programs, and especially concerts from Lincoln Center Local. She checks out the library's calendar to find events of interest on Saturday afternoons, after her regular hair dresser's appointment. Sadie has a close relationship with all the library's staff, and especially with Bibi Khan, who is the Customer Service Representative. They frequently speak on the phone. Sadie says the service at the library is "absolutely fantastic." She is concerned for the future: what if her favorite library people retire?


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Librarians are an unaffordable luxury for Chicago schools

Becky Vevea writes: “With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s more than 600 public schools. It’s not that there’s a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it’s not mass layoffs. All across the district, certified librarians are being reassigned to English classrooms, world languages, or to particular grade levels in elementary schools.”...

NPR: Morning Edition, Sept. 1

DCPL adds a social worker

Among the many roles for which public libraries are appreciated, there’s one that can be problematic: de facto day shelter for homeless people. The District of Columbia’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library attracts many such patrons, and Jean Badalamenti (right) understands why. Badalamenti is a social worker who in May became the D.C. Public Library’s first health and human services coordinator....

Washington Post, Aug. 27

Fayetteville adds satellite library at senior center

Fayetteville (Ark.) Public Library is putting a satellite library at the city’s Senior Activity and Wellness Center. Library Director David Johnson called it a one-time opportunity for the library to expand its service. The library will supply books to the center as well as functioning computers outdated for library use, according to the agreement approved by the library board earlier in August....

Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Aug. 30

Legal bills pile up for Orland Park library

An 11-month dispute over the Orland Park (Ill.) Public Library’s internet access policy has cost the library more than $125,000 in legal fees and resulted in several calls to police to help resolve accusations between critics and library officials. Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan have aggressively campaigned to change library policies since October, when they claimed they saw men viewing pornography on library computers....

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 2

Interview with Scott Bonner, Ferguson librarian

Ingrid Abrams writes: “When I saw how the Ferguson (Mo.) Public Library became not only a safe space, but a source of real positiveness and support, it made me want to be a better librarian. Not only did Ferguson library workers step up their game, but so did teachers and volunteers of all sorts. I wanted to know how, despite so much strife and conflict, the library seamlessly became a hub of strength and solace. I contacted Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library. He was nice enough to answer some questions.”...

The Magpie Librarian, Sept. 3

Public and school partnership increases library card sign-ups

Beginning this year, the Salt Lake City School District’s back-to-school registration materials include the option of signing up for a Salt Lake City Public Library card. As of August 29, 14,000 of the district’s roughly 25,000 students had opted into the program. The library card program stemmed from ongoing conversations between school and library officials about increasing the exposure of students to reading materials and educational resources....

Salt Lake City Deseret News, Aug. 29

Busy bees at work at Salt Lake City Public Library

The hum of worker bees drowned out the typical city traffic that can be heard from atop the Salt Lake City Public Library. Four communal hives donated by Slow Food Utah stand atop the library, right in the middle of the city. They are maintained by the city’s officially designated beekeeper, Frank Whitby, and St. Ambrose Church’s Boy Scout Troop 202. The hives produce up to 100 pounds of honey each year, but primarily serve as educational tools to inspire more people to keep bees....

Salt Lake City Deseret News, Aug. 30