MLIS and MFA students at the University of Alabama’s School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS) have joined together to raise funds for the recovery and reconstruction of libraries in Haiti that were ruined by the recent earthquake. Book arts and library science students worked together to create “The Collaborative Haiti Broadside,” a beautiful work of art, and will sell the limited edition of 75 numbered copies to those interested in owning one. READ MORE
Last week, the Office for Intellectual Freedom got a visit from Madeline Daniel, who came to make a donation – cash that she had raised from her lemonade sale.  For 50 cents a cup, thirsty passersby helped raise money “to support the ALA’s fight against Banned Books.”  Madeline raised over $28 in all, which indeed will help us continue to work with librarians, parents, community members, and teachers to protect the right to read. READ MORE
On January 10, 2009 the Butler Children’s Literature Center was dedicated at Dominican University.  Invited to be part of the dedication was Jon Scieszka, author of notable children’s books such as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Caldecott honor book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.   Administered by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the Butler Children’s Literature Center is located in the Rebecca Crown Library at the University’s main campus at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, Illinois.  READ MORE
Marilu Estrada thinks about a time when she no longer works third shift, part of the clean-up crew at a factory. She wants to spend more time with her three kids, the youngest of whom is only a few months old. But without a high school diploma, Estrada’s job options are—not surprisingly—slim. Last summer, the Waukegan mom decided to enroll in the free Family Literacy program offered through the Waukegan Public Library and its literacy partners.  READ MORE
It now only takes two minutes for you to donate $10 to help rebuild libraries in Haiti.The American Library Association has set up an option to easily donate through your mobile phone.  To donate to the ALA Haiti Library Relief Fund simply text “alahaiti” to 20222, and a $10 one-time tax-deductible donation will be added to your mobile phone bill. READ MORE
Storytellers know why people are afraid of the dark. Nothing you can actually see—however horrific—inspires quite the same palpitations as the anxious churning of our own imaginations. On Friday, October 30, in the dim light of the Genesee Theatre, listeners at the Fourth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival managed to whirl up their own funnel of fear. Each year the Waukegan Public Library hosts this popular festival to honor Waukegan native and master storyteller, Ray Bradbury. READ MORE
Since the launch of the National Snapshot Day idea at the 2010 Midwinter Meeting, 25 states, from Hawaii to Maine, have planned or committed to planning a library snapshot day. This national effort was the work of the Advocacy Coordinating Group, part of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy. READ MORE
The house at 4 Woodford St., Worcester, Mass., the boyhood home of poet Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006), was dedicated a Literary Landmark by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), on June 19, 2010. READ MORE
On June 10th, 2010, the eve of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, I (Mick Jacobsen) presented World Cup 101 to Skokie Public Library patrons. Attendees came interested in an introduction to the greatest sporting event on Earth, and, perhaps more importantly, learned how better to understand and enjoy the Beautiful Game.A review of the rules of soccer (football to the rest of the world), including that pesky offsides rule, how nations from each continent qualify, the history, and how the World Cup works were covered in varying degrees of depth. READ MORE