Liam Jose, Gabe Murrell and La’Quan Deen were crowned WrestleMania Reading Challenge world champions in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge on March 27, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and World Wrestling Entertainment®, with support from Mattel and DK Publishing.  As champions, Murrell, Jose and Deen won ringside seats to WrestleMania XVI at the University of Phoenix Stadium.Twenty-one regional winners in grades 5–12 from across the United States and Canada came to Phoenix as the guests of World Wrestling Entertainment. The national finals took place at the Phoenix’s Burton Barr Library the day before WrestleMania XVI.  WrestleMania Reading Challenge spokespeople WWE Superstars John Morrison and Kofi Kingston and WWE Divas the Bella Twins hosted the finals competition.  Nationally known teen author Will Weaver served as judge. READ MORE
It was not until the 1970s when Sidney Foster Graves Jr. (MA 71) took the helm at the Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale that the Mississippi Delta town began to harness the power of its blues-rich heritage.Graves, founder of the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, died in 2005. Recently his daughter, Abby McCall of Mobile, Ala., donated a collection of his personal correspondence, awards, audio recordings and photographs to the world-renowned Blues Archive at The University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library. McCall said she hopes that scholars will study the collection and learn of her father’s contributions to the blues legacy and to the state. READ MORE
Libraries and their communities were invited to a live Internet event, An Evening with Neil Gaiman, April 12. This event, which kicked off National Library Week (April 11-17), was coordinated by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library (JCPL).As Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Gaiman, the 2009 Newbery Medal winner for The Graveyard Book, spoke to his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy. Gaiman virtually joined a live audience at JCPL from the University of Minnesota using high definition videoconferencing technology supported by Internet2 to enable an interactive discussion with the author. Listen to Gaiman now! READ MORE
This April, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will observe the 25th Anniversary of School Library Month (SLM).School Library Month, is celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week (April 12-18). Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. The 2010 theme is "Communities thrive @ your library." READ MORE
By Kim Woodbury, Family and Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Utah Libraries News, January 2008An impressive new library is under construction in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah—the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The library is not scheduled to open until the summer of 2009, but here’s a sneak peek into this state-of-the-art building. READ MORE
Bookmobiles provide library service for children, older adults and ethnic communities all of whom either can’t travel to a bricks and mortar library or are unacquainted with the services a library offers. Bookmobiles are over a century old and began in the days of horse drawn carriages and nickelodeon theaters and well before computers, televisions or even home radios. Bookmobiles are the cheapest and easiest expansion a library system can ever make, without the expense or permanence of a building. Finally, bookmobiles can save library patrons gas money and help the environment, especially those Bookmobiles that run on biodiesel or have solar panels to illuminate the cabin or power the computers. READ MORE
Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. READ MORE
The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, located at 361 West Chestnut in Chicago supports a mission “to prepare students to fulfill their career aspirations and to meet the needs of the food-service industry through quality culinary, pastry arts, hospitality and general education curriculums of higher education.” READ MORE
Williams Township couple honors cousin with mobile library gift to Good ShepherdBy Veronica Torrejón OF THE MORNING CALL READ MORE
Privacy today is all about choice, tradeoffs, and control. When asked what concerns them most when it comes to protecting privacy, people respond with a variety of issues: READ MORE