The Oakland (Calif.) Public Library recently held its 5th annual Making Manga Magic contest, asking teens to create their own Manga/Anime Characters. Manga are Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically (but not always) black-and-white and featuring stylized characters with large, round eyes. Anime refers to Japanese animation. READ MORE
By Brenda Vogel, Retired Library Coordinator, Maryland Correctional Education Libraries. Originally published in Interface, Spring 2008As ASCLA librarians our close association with digitally disadvantaged library patrons gives us an insight into their information needs and a responsibility to stand up for them.The digital world is alien to the vast majority of men and women who have been serving time in U.S. prisons from before the eras of the PC and the coming of the Digital Age. READ MORE
Have you ever read a novel that has impacted your life in a profound and meaningful way, or made you feel as though you’re not alone? Literature has the power to transform lives. This is the driving philosophy behind Changing Lives through Literature (CLTL), an award-winning alternative sentencing program that has grown from one chapter in Massachusetts in the fall of 1991, to roughly 20 chapters across the United States and England today. READ MORE
The sleepy town of Lamar, South Carolina was slowly dying. Businesses that had been there for generations were either moving away or just simply closing their doors. Stores, roads, and homes were beginning to have that run down look and feel that one might see in a ghost town out west. The community was becoming concerned; they didn’t want to lose their town to that little thing called “Indifference”. A school administrator along with these concerned citizens came together and organized the “Friends of the Lamar Library” group in the late 1990’s to help secure a larger facility. This group began raising funds to build a new building. This movement began a revitalization that would bring this little town back to life. READ MORE
The Common Ground Foundation, created by hip hop artist, actor, and children’s author Lonnie Rashid Lynn, known as “Common,” dedicates itself to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. Common’s social-conscience message is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s vision and serves as an inspiration for equality, opportunity, and hope among youth in underserved communities. The Foundation is committed to empowering youth in urban neighborhoods and providing them with the life skills they need to achieve their dreams. READ MORE
“Bibliotheca Publicus: An Endangered Species,” featured at Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MassachusettsMixed media artist, Mindy Nierenberg, is one of five artists featured in “5 x 5,” the Tufts University Art Gallery Summer 2008 Exhibition. Her site-specific art installation, “Bibliotheca Publicus: An Endangered Species,” calls attention to the current and very serious issue of public library budget cuts, while also highlighting the importance of the public library to a democratic society and to the public that it serves. READ MORE
As a librarian, you want to be able to share information with patrons and students in the easiest way possible, and social networking offers a great way to do just that. With social networking tools, you can create bookmark collections, share notices, and more. We've profiled 25 of the best here READ MORE
Television as you know it is about to change. By law, on February 17, 2009, television stations nationwide must stop transmitting signals in analog format and begin transmitting in digital. That process has come to be known as the Digital Television (DTV) Transition and libraries are set to play a big role. READ MORE
While the primary and most immediate purpose of all education need not be religious, learning, at its core, restores and revivifies us both spiritually and intellectually. It gives us an opportunity to use our gift of reason in order to increase our self-awareness, and enhances our ability to join others in engaging the world around us for the purpose of promoting the common good. Most importantly, it makes all believers more aware of the presence of the Almighty in every moment of our lives and experience. In short, the more we learn about anything, the more deeply we know about God. READ MORE
For over 100 years, one of the most popular means to keep young people engaged in reading—and enjoy it!—is the summer reading program.Not only are they fun, but summer reading programs (SRPs) are particularly important to a young person's continuing education, according to the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA): READ MORE