by Erika Aguilar, courtesy of KPCC

The homeless use public libraries like many patrons do — to access information, use the Internet and learn, but they come with everyday needs that the average library user does not have.

Homeless people visit the libraries to escape harsh weather, get fresh drinking water, and use the bathroom and electricity, which push libraries to provide services that are not part of their intended mission.

“It’s not our primary responsibility,” said Heather Folmar, library operations manager for the Santa Ana Public Library. “It’s not our mandate. It’s not what we’re paid to do and we do it because people need it.”

The Santa Ana Public Library is closing Friday to rearrange furniture, to keep a...

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by Steve Zalusky

As parents and caregivers strive to give their children the best education, they are finding valuable support from their library. This is especially true for children living in poverty or from low-income homes.

But libraries are also involving the entire family in the journey of lifelong learning.

A new report, "Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement," released by Harvard Family Research Project and the...

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by Patti Verbanas, courtesy of Rutgers Today

Megan Lotts is not a “shushing” librarian.

In fact, the Rutgers University librarian rather delights in the noise, conversation and mess at the Lego playing station she installed in the center of the university’s Art Library: It means that people are solving problems and learning to work as a team.

Accompanied by nearly 300 pounds of the popular colorful bricks, Lotts is on the forefront of redefining the educational role that libraries can play in their communities and aggressively spreading the message. She wants people to think...

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If you’re a student at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, chances are you have met Doug the Librarian.

Perhaps you have seen the posters splashed with his bearded visage, accompanied by the slogan, “Go see Doug.” Or perhaps you have encountered him in your dormitory.

As his colleague Sheri Broyles wrote about Campbell, librarian at the school’s Willis Library, when she nominated him for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award, “Doug isn’t just any librarian. He’s ‘Doug the Librarian,’ an affectionate title bestowed upon him by students across our 37,000-student campus. His passion is helping students solve problems, and he’s the trusted guide our students go to when they’re lost.”

For Campbell, it isn’t enough to...

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Lourey, Jess (author).
Sept. 2016. 480p. Midnight Ink, paperback, $15.99 (9780738749693).
REVIEW. First published August, 2016 (Booklist).

Fans of Lourey’s whimsical Murder-by-Month mysteries (

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A Disadvantaged Neighborhood Finds its Voice at the Library

After learning residents from a disadvantaged neighborhood felt underserved and misrepresented, the Hartford Public Library jumped at the chance to strengthen the neighborhood’s bond to the rest of the city...READ MORE


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