By Steve Zalusky

Summer break doesn’t have to mean taking a vacation from learning, as youths taking part in summer programs at their libraries are finding out.  With school out for summer, libraries are filling the need to slow the summer slide and ensure that children are continuing to reinforce the education they received during the school year.

Summer programs include not only the traditional summer reading programs, but also summer learning sessions that equip youths with digital skills that will be needed to survive in a 21st Century learning environment.  In many cases, the programs also provide a way of bridging the digital divide, reaching out to children who may be struggling academically or whose...


by Katie Alamino, courtesy of The News-Review

The future of libraries in Douglas County (OR) could be in the hands of voters this fall.

Representatives from a political action committee called Save Our Libraries have been traveling city to city, offering a new way of funding the library: take the Douglas County Library System off of the county payrolls and instead get the money from property owners themselves.

They propose forming a special district to tax...


Building websites, robots and computer games are just a few things a class at the library can help with.  The Virginia Beach library system began offering coding classes about a year and a half ago, said Katie Cerqua, youth and family services manager.

Virginia Beach libraries try to develop programming that complements the school system’s goals, Cerqua said.  “We realize there’s a national trend toward coding,” Cerqua said.

Children, teens and adults can participate in the classes....


by Sara Gadzala, courtesy of

It wasn’t something she’d thought about for a while, but after a friend saw that photo in the Faces and Places database on the Kenton County (KY) Public Library’s website about a year ago, she forwarded it to Meyer and the memories flooded back.

It was a treat to go to the fair every year. Usually coinciding with the start of school, the Crawfords of Morning View would hit J.C. Penney for a couple of new outfits and Meyer would beg to wear one to the fair. That year, obviously, mom’s choice of duds won out.

Meyer and her husband, Greg, have continued the county...


Review of the Day

Spiegelman, Peter (author).
July 2016. 368p. Knopf, hardcover, $26.95 (9780307961273).
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2016 (Booklist). Spiegelman doesn’t publish nearly as much as most crime-fiction authors (only five books since 2003, but when he does, it’s usually a jewel. And that’s especially true of his latest, which, by all indications, is the first in a series (Hallelujah for that!). Dr. Adam Knox, formerly a doctor without borders in Africa, now runs a clinic in L.A.’s skid row, but to make ends meet, he also makes off-the-grid house calls (cash only) to patients in need of emergency services without the attention of press or police (your overdosed rock stars, your shot-up gangbangers)....
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