A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released in December 2018 reviewed 22 studies estimating that more than 30% of college students face food insecurity amid the rising costs of higher education. The report estimates that there are nearly 2 million at-risk students—most often they are first-generation college students, low income, or single parents. A 2018 survey of college pantries by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, a research group at Temple University in Philadelphia, says the problem is even bigger; it estimates that nearly 50% of undergraduates face food insecurity. Food-insecure students tend to perform at lower levels academically and complete their degrees at lower rates, the survey found.Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas, stocks free provisions at its pantry, Tiger Food Exchange, located on the first floor of Forsyth Library. The pantry offers produce from a university garden, along with donations from faculty, students, and local businesses. Library staffers help guide students to the pantry and ensure the area stays stocked and organized. READ MORE
The Clark County (KY) Public Library annual summer reading program has been the highlight for many people’s summers for years.Renee Wallace, head of youth services at CCPL, said the library has been doing the summer reading program for as long as she can remember, and she’s been at CCPL for 16 years. But her children had participated in the program long before she worked there. “So a long time,” Wallace said. “… I’m proud of the fact that we have a nine-week summer reading program, not every library can do that. And I’ve always been grateful that our director and our board, consider that important enough for the children of Clark County, that we have that time and budget set aside for that.” READ MORE
The new movie “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is full of excitement and adventure—and each day, libraries across the world promote creativity and discovery through free access to books, games, and other media.Many thanks to Warner Brothers and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” star Justice Smith for highlighting the opportunities for magic and adventure at libraries in this new video public service announcement.Visit your nearest library or check out their website and sign up for a library card if you haven’t already. READ MORE
The Library of Human PerseveranceLogan Smith-Carlos, a Hamburg native and high school sophomore, recalled a time in middle school when he ran away from home and found himself sitting on a bridge watching a “beautiful” sunset. “In that instance, I seriously thought about ending my life,” he wrote for the event.Smith-Carlos has been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and depression since late middle school. Smith-Carlos said he now deals with his depression much better and shared his experiences at UB’s Human Library Project on Sunday. The one-day event, held in the Center for Tomorrow, had a group of speakers hold one-on-one meetings to share their personal stories. READ MORE
Cambria, a Wisconsin village with a population north of 700, doesn’t have a dry cleaners—but residents know if they need an item pressed, stitched, or altered, they can drop off their duds at Jane Morgan Memorial Library (JMML).“Sandy’s willing to take a look at anything, from mending pants to replacing zippers to sewing buttons on a shirt or pants,” says Director Jennifer Tallman of Sandra Vardell (pictured), a former board member who volunteers one Saturday per month to tackle the town’s toughest tailoring. READ MORE
I Love My Librarian Award 2018 winner Dr. Linda E. Robinson cultivates a love of literacy and learning in students through creative programming. She has developed a strong school library program to ensure her students have the best chance to succeed.One such program is the One School, One Read initiative which encourages staff and students to read a book together. Linda helps to bring each book to life with a lunch-time celebration with a meal that reflects the book’s setting, staff dressing up as characters and putting up decorations and playing music from the time period. READ MORE
A call to action by a former Minnesota senator has inundated a Leech Lake tribal school.Al Franken, the former comedian-turned-U.S. senator, asked the internet last week to donate books and cash to Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School’s secondary school library. By Friday afternoon, May 3, school -- and UPS -- workers estimated they’ve received about 1,800 packages of books, plus $75,000 via a GoFundMe campaign Franken highlighted. Conditions at the school’s building for secondary students were notoriously shoddy, and Minnesota lawmakers such as Franken pushed for years to secure federal money to replace it. The new building, which opened at the beginning of this school year, didn’t have many books in its library or enough shelves to store them on, which meant boxes and boxes of books sat quietly in a storage room this year. READ MORE
Housed in an Italian revivalist building in Old City, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia (PA) features an ornate, high-ceiling reading room filled with an extensive collection of maps, photographs, and architectural drawings on Philadelphia's history.In February 2019, Penn Libraries entered into a partnership with the Athenaeum, granting students access to its vast historical resources. The partnership came about because the Athenaeum needed to update its library management system and Penn Libraries offered to put the Athenaeum's objects into its recently-updated system, said Jon Shaw, Penn's associate vice provost and deputy university librarian.The partnership will allow people with access to Penn Libraries to use the Athenaeum’s material, and members of the Athenaeum will also be granted full access to Penn Libraries. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia was founded in 1814 as a membership library, and it now also functions as a museum and an event space. The library, which is classified as a National Historic Landmark, has been housed in its current building on S. Sixth Street since 1847.  READ MORE
Days after the Lincoln (NE) woman took a recipe book back to the Lincoln library on Superior Street, she received something in return.A letter, and a cause for alarm.  “On 11/28/18, library staff discovered evidence of bed bugs in an item you returned to Eiseley Branch Library,” it began.The letter instructed her to seal her remaining library items in plastic bags and return them to the counter for inspection. And it warned her she could be charged if library staff found more bed bug evidence and had to trash the items.The woman was incredulous, and spoke to the branch manager, she wrote last month in a letter to the city.  “I asked how the library would know that the book had been contaminated at my home, or whether my home was at risk of contamination from the infestation problem at the library?”A simple question — with a complicated answer that involves freezers and dogs, and dates to 2014.  “We had somebody that brought some books back with bugs in them,” said Julie Beno, library services coordinator. “And that’s what started it all.” READ MORE
Paula promotes equity and inclusion through her work with underserved populations, particularly immigrants and refugees. One community leader proclaimed, “America needs more Paulas.”Every month, the library sends a bus to pick up immigrant families to bring them to the library where they can check out materials and socialize. For many displaced Bhutanese families, these visits are important trips to engage with their community and avoid social isolation. Paula also provides information and speakers on topics to help families assimilate to their new area. READ MORE