The ALA Island is the Second Life virtual world presence of the American Library Association. Like ALA's Library, which I work for as a Library Reference Specialist, the ALA Island doesn't have traditional library resources on a variety of topics as a public library would have (and which the Alliance Virtual Library does have set up on Info Island), but is more of a special library focused on dispensing information about ALA, along with being a kind of community information center, helping people become more familiar with navigating the Second Life virtual world and demonstrating its capabilities to bring together people from all over the country (and all over the world) to inform them in a variety of ways, including through audiovisual media, about various aspects of librarianship, including literacy and reading, and censorship and intellectual freedom, thereby expanding and extending what libraries are and what libraries can do. READ MORE
If you happen to be in the Washington, D.C. area on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and love libraries, please be sure to stop by the American Library Association’s (ALA) booth at the 10th annual National Book Festival organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. READ MORE
Alsea is a tiny unincorporated town in a remote corner of Benton County and is the service area hub for folks living up to 20 miles in any direction. Traveling east to Corvallis through the hairpin curves of the Coast Range takes 45 minutes when it’s not foggy or icy on the pass near Mary’s Peak. Alsea is extremely fortunate to have a thriving town library—a branch of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.Since the 1960s the Corvallis Library has provided at least minimal outreach to several Benton County locations. First Alsea had a rotating collection of self-checkout books on a shelf in a local store, then we graduated to Book Wagon service, then upgraded to a real library in 1975, using an old bank building owned by Alsea School District. Over the next 30 years interaction between Corvallis and Alsea Libraries exploded. A Benton County Library District was created which formalized the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library funding partnership. At the same time, technology blossomed, increasing communication and information delivery. No longer was the only connection with the “Big Library” a weekly volunteer trip to Corvallis by the Alsea clerk toting one small box of books and clutching a handful of written requests from patrons. Fax machines, computers, and online catalogs unveiled the excellent collection of the Corvallis Benton County main library to Alsea patrons—and they fell upon it with relish. READ MORE
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) is coordinating the fifth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, October 17-23, 2010. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate. Friends groups can use the time to creatively promote their group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. The celebration also offers an excellent opportunity for the library staff and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.“I encourage the whole nation to celebrate Friends of Libraries and the work they do. I’m convinced that the libraries are so much richer for the enthusiasm and expertise that the Friends bring to the Library,” said ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. “I hope that libraries across the country will use this week to honor their best supporters – the Friends of their Library – and use this opportunity to promote and expand their membership in this valuable organization.” READ MORE
A standing-room-only crowd of nearly five hundred people filled the new Addison Public Library September 21, the day of its grand opening — and they haven’t stopped coming in since. Numbers show the library is busier than ever, recording a 40 percent increase in visitors year over-year from the fall of 2007 to fall 2008. READ MORE
Kew Gardens Hills, NY, August 31, 2010 -- The children's librarians at Queens Library have been one-upping each other on summer reading challenges for years. The jury is still out for 2010; there are still several promising stunts to come. Daniel Meyer's will definitely be a contender for "notably outrageous."Mr. Meyer is the children's librarian at Queens Library at Kew Gardens Hills. He promised to dress as Cinderella if his summer readers met their challenge. They blew it away.  READ MORE
This spring, hundreds of libraries in Texas joined libraries across the country in participating in Library Snapshot Day. This event was created to let all types of libraries record information about what happens in a day in the life of libraries. From statistics about visitors and circulations to keeping track of why people come into the library, information gathered on library snapshot day is intended to help libraries promote their services and advocate their value to the public and decision makers at all levels.The American Library Association (ALA) encouraged all states to participate with a snapshot day in April. Given the tight scheduling in Texas due to the end of the school year and TAKS testing, a range of dates was provided. Libraries could select any day between April 26 and May 7 for Texas Library Snapshot Day. This information will used to support national advocacy efforts this summer. READ MORE
As the popularity of young adult literature continues to soar and teen musical artists dominate the airwaves, thousands of teens will participate in Teen Read Week, October 17 – 23, 2010, celebrated this year with a theme of “Books with Beat @ your library®.”Teen Read Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is an annual literacy initiative celebrated in libraries and bookstores that provides parents, caregivers and teens with resources to encourage recreational reading habits. The “Books with Beat @ your library®” theme encourages teens to listen to audiobooks and read poetry, books about music, and more, just for the fun of it.  READ MORE
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of a functional birdhouse modeled after a classic Carnegie library in Osage, Iowa, will support the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, according to the ALA Public Programs Office. Priced at $150, the birdhouse is available ALA members for a special price of $99.  READ MORE
On Saturday, November 19, people all over the planet will join together to celebrate the mutually-reinforcing power of play and learning at libraries around the world. International Games Day is now in its 9th year and has visited every continent on the planet. READ MORE