The University of Minnesota Libraries has received an $88,000 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant to increase access to the archives of three pivotal Minnesota poets and one premier literary press: Robert Bly, Margaret Hasse, Bill Holm, and Milkweed Editions. The materials for each are held in the Libraries’ Upper Midwest Literary Archives in Elmer L. Andersen Library...
by Steve Zalusky
Perhaps no audience is more important during Black History Month than our nation’s youth, who will tend the flame of that history for future generations.
An encouraging sign for the perpetuation of that legacy was the plaudits recently earned by civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis for “March: Book Three,” written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. The book captured an unprecedented four Youth Media Awards, including one of the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Awards, at the...READ MORE
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by Caitlin McGlade, courtesy of the SunSentinel
Judith John dropped out of high school 20 years ago, but Thursday she stood before her classmates and family, clad in blue cap and gown, to celebrate meeting a milestone.
She and 20 others this year became the first class to graduate from Broward County (FL) Library. The program, piloted last year at 11 libraries in the state, offers scholarships to people like John to earn accredited high school diplomas through online coursework.
"This is great big world and it's waiting for you to conquer it," John...READ MORE
By Steve Zalusky
Elissa Checov’s vision extends beyond her library at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. That vision is the reason she received one of the 2016 I Love My Librarian awards.
Her nominator for the award, Brian Wren, said Checov rejects the notion that the library is merely “a repository for old books and ideas struggling to keep up with the accessibility of information on the internet.” She makes sure her library is a magnet for students – a place where they can engage with each other and develop their skills with the latest technology.
One sees the difference when one enters the library. She redesigned the entrance to give the space more of a lounge feel. Students are welcomed into a...READ MORE