by Seth Hemmelgarn, courtesy of The Bay Area Reporter

Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced the Don’t Block LGBTQ Act, which would ensure LGBTQ resources aren’t blocked at public schools and libraries in California, his office announced Thursday (September 29).

Currently, public schools and libraries that get internet service subsidies through the e-Rate program have to filter content so that obscene content, child pornography, and “content harmful to minors” is blocked, according to Honda’s office. However, individual schools and libraries “can block useful LGBT resources that are not sexually explicit...


by Clara Vaughn, courtesy of Delmarvanow

June Brittingham goes to work like any other librarian, in a building with posters on the wall, a carpeted floor and books arranged according to the Dewey Decimal system.  The only difference is she passes through a metal detector, series of automated sliding doors and pristinely gardened prison yard on her way to work.

The library at Eastern Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Westover, Maryland, serves a population of around 3,400 inmates, though only those who seek its services go there.  For that small percentage, the building is an oasis...


courtesy of KTHV

Library officials say the Great Falls Public Library (MT) is getting a facelift.

Work started on a new mural Saturday on the building’s south-facing outside wall. The project is funded by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, which has provided the library with resources through fundraising since 1968.

Foundation members say they believe the mural is a great addition to the Russell portrait on the downtown parking garage as developers continue to work on revitalizing the area.

The portrait is of community leader and civil rights advocate Alma Smith Jacobs,...


Libraries not only transform communities – they are, in turn, transformed by them.  This is certainly true as it applies to Friends of the Library groups.

By Steve Zalusky

Libraries may be the hub of their communities, but Friends of the Library groups supply the spokes that turn the wheel.  Through fundraisers like book sales, they help support the library. But they also play a critical role when the library goes to the voters for needed funds.

Getting the message across to voters is critical when a library needs to go to referendum.  But there is one catch. Unlike candidates for public office, a library cannot campaign.  During the election, Friends of the Library groups go on the stump, spreading the...


Review of the Day

Roe, Robin (author).
Jan. 2017. 320p. Hyperion, hardcover, $17.99 (9781484763803). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published October 15, 2016 (Booklist). Fourteen-year-old Julian is a damaged boy, taciturn and withdrawn, painfully shy and still bereft from the death of his parents when he was a child. A poor student with illegible handwriting, he is often the subject of teachers’ scorn and classmates’ teasing. As a result, he regularly skips classes to hide in a secret room he has found. His home life is even worse: he is the ward of his uncle by marriage, a cold, distant, dangerous man who often punishes Julian cruelly, whipping him with a switch and lacerating the skin on his torso. Things begin to...
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