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
The Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library in Chicago’s northwest suburbs promotes citizenship training as well as English as a second language (ESL) courses. Schaumburg, home to several global corporations, attracts workers from around the world. As a result, the library found that citizenship training was very much in demand.Pat Barch, literacy coordinator for the library, says, “Our American Dream project is really very important to us, because the library has been providing citizenship classes for about five years now.” READ MORE
David Lopez engages with his community, building bridges to underserved youth in Santa Ana, California.  It is an area dear to the librarian at the Santa Ana Public Library, since he was born and raised in the community – the often used phrase “giving back to the community” is embodied by Lopez’s example.  READ MORE
The Indiana University East Campus Library is as inviting as a friendly neighbor’s house – and a major reason for that is librarian Frances Yates. It is telling that she is associated with her ever present “huge basket of candy.” READ MORE