by Terra Dankowski, courtesy of American LibrariesAs many Americans reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship on Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, September 17, American Libraries takes a look at the role public libraries have had in the lives of immigrants seeking information, referrals, or a pathway to citizenship. READ MORE
By Renatta Signorini, courtesy of TribLiveWarden John Walton had a problem.He was fielding complaints about a new video visitation program for inmates at the Westmoreland County jail that cut back on in-person visits. And fewer people than he anticipated were ponying up $15 to chat via video, money that was expected to pay for the $95,000 computer program. READ MORE
By Kristin Pekoll, assistant director at ALA's Office for Intellectual FreeodomIt’s called a “challenge” for a reason.I’ve never met a librarian who wishes their books would be censored or who invite complaints about their work. I think that’s one of the reasons going through a book challenge is hard on librarians. People decide to become librarians because it is a passion. It’s not just a career. It’s a mission. They take it personally when the critics throw around words like “obscenity” and “child pornography.” READ MORE
The importance of Jessica Holmes to her school, Westridge Elementary School, Frankfort, Kentucky, was dramatically underscored when she was selected as Teacher of the Year at her school.As Joe Lovell, her nominator for the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, pointed out, “It’s not every day that a school librarian is selected by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year at her school.” READ MORE
by Allison Marcotte, courtesy of American LibrariesFor Hartford (Conn.) Public Library (HPL), block parties and community theater are more than just forms of entertainment. They are potential ways to solve the issue of public safety and build a stronger relationship between residents and the police department. READ MORE
by Ella Morton, courtesy of Atlas ObscuraLiterature is available in many forms these days. You can buy a paperback, a hardcover, or a digital book to download. Or you could plant your own forest, let it grow for 100 years, and then harvest the trees for the pages of an anthology. READ MORE
Today's libraries are transforming. There are still books (and e-books), of course, but libraries today are less about what they have for people and more about what they do for and with the communities they serve.September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  In honor of our spokesdog Snoopy, the world-famous beagle, we're asking you to show us the cool things happening in your library. READ MORE
What’s cooler than being cool? Having a library card, of course. That phrase refers to a promotional campaign featuring Snoopy, the 2015 Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, which takes place in September. Snoopy is serving as a springboard for some very creative celebrations and cross promotions for this event, which highlights the free services you can receive just by holding a library card. It also reminds parents and children – during the month when back-to-school activities are at full throttle - that a library card is the most important school supply of all. A number of libraries are taking advantage of the fact that Snoopy, the world-famous beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip, is taking some time off from chasing the Red Baron to do battle on behalf of libraries. READ MORE
by Claire Voon, courtesy of HyperallergicWith the rise of e-books challenging public interest in printed matter, some community libraries have scaled down their collections while others are championing physical tomes through unexpected creative endeavors. This summer, micro-libraries will spring up in public spaces in Indianapolis as site-specific works of art, designed by a curated group of local artists. READ MORE