The giving season doesn’t end with Thanksgiving.Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday provides people with an opportunity to give to the causes they believe in and support.One of those causes is libraries.  The American Library Association's Scholarship Program joined the national #GivingTuesday movement in order to promote the idea of spending with a purpose for scholarships.  READ MORE
The first words we learn are closely tied to the images we as children see in picture books.  Each November, Picture Book Month celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. It also highlights their crucial function in our development not only as readers, but as human beings. READ MORE
If you are in the mood for games, one place you might seek out is your local library – especially this weekend.  Around the third Saturday of each November, libraries and their communities get together to play games, as they participate in International Games Day (IGD). This year’s celebration is held Nov. 21, with several libraries even getting the jump on it by holding activities in advance. READ MORE
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer, was born and raised in Galesburg. His book Rootabaga Stories was written for his three daughters, and The American Songbag is a collection of American folk tunes that are still taught today.  Sandburg wrote his famous poem "Chicago" while living in this Ravenswood home, which was dedicated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries on April 25, 2015. READ MORE
The St. Clair County Library System in Michigan must have had David Richards and Jamie Storing in mind when it decided to leave its wireless Internet available all night.  Richards, 32, produces music on his laptop by downloading sounds from the Internet. Storing, 26, is a single mother who just moved to the area and has been researching programs and services online. READ MORE
by Colin Ellis, courtesy of The ForecasterThe Portland Public Library (ME) will be a pilot site for a project to enhance public exposure to science.  The project, funded in part by a $1.1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will help the library and five others bring science literacy to the community. READ MORE