People are walking into the library these days with different expectations than they did even one generation ago. The world is changing quickly, and libraries are not only changing with it, but are also in the vanguard of those changes. READ MORE
The childhood home of author Maud Hart Lovelace was dedicated a Literary Landmark, along with the childhood home of Lovelace's best friend, Frances "Bick" Kenney. Lovelace was the author of the Betsy-Tacy book series, which was set at the turn of the 20th century in Mankato. Born Maud Palmer Hart on April 25, 1892, she and her family lived in the house from 1892 to 1906. READ MORE
By Leeta-Rose Ballester, courtesy of the San Jose Mercury NewsThe San Jose Public Library has secured prototype funding for a program that seeks to help residents understand online privacy and their Internet insecurities.  One of 22 libraries to receive a grant from the Knight Foundation, San Jose's library system will get $35,000 to create an all-ages Internet privacy education platform. READ MORE
By Theresa Walker and Sarah de Cresenzo, courtesy of the Orange County Register READ MORE
Approximately a year after reopening, the Berkeley Public Library’s West Branch has been deemed the first “net zero” energy library in the state.After collecting a year of data since its opening in December 2013, the West Branch has been officially certified to be producing more energy than it uses. From the conception of the project, the planners’ goal was to expend zero net energy, according to Alice LaPierre, the city’s energy efficiency coordinator. The library’s solar panels produce on average 500 kilowatts per hour more per month than the building uses — enough energy to power two houses for a year.“We are really thrilled to have Berkeley Public Library’s West Branch be the first net zero library,” said Jeff Scott, the director of library services. “It truly is in the spirit of Berkeley for our library to be energy efficient.” READ MORE
In late January 2015, the Washington, DC Public Library will teach residents how to use the internet anonymization tool Tor as part of a 10 day series designed to shed light on government surveillance, transparency, and personal privacy.  A series called "Orwellian America," held by a publicly funded entity mere minutes from a Congress and administration that allowed the NSA’s surveillance programs to spin wildly out of control certainly seems subversive. But the library says it wasn't really intended that way."We realize it can be a controversial topic, but we tried to make the program as balanced as possible," Catherine Gees, a library associate who helped put together the program, told me. "We reached out to NSA and other federal agencies, and with a lot of them, we didn't get response." READ MORE
You can pay thousands of dollars to financial advisers, accountants and independent tax firms to learn how to manage money better.  But there is another source where you can receive that information for free – your local library.   Libraries offer programming for all ages and all stages of life on a wide range of topics - basic budgeting; managing student debt; retirement planning; home purchasing; saving money through couponing; and how to prevent identity theft.In addition, libraries have been partnering with the financial community for a national initiative that is in its fifth year, "Money Smart Week @ your library," which, this year, will be held April 18-25.   The initiative is a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to provide financial literacy programming to help community members.  In 2014, 700 plus public, academic, school, and even prison libraries in 48 states participated. READ MORE
Cherry Hamrick is one visionary who turns her vision into reality.The director of the Delta Township District Library in Lansing, Michigan for more than 10 years, Hamrick was the driving force behind the design and construction of the new district library.  Jose Lopez, one of her nominators for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, called the building, which opened in 2008, “a well-used, IT-ready community asset. READ MORE
Just a few hours before a snowstorm was forecasted to barrel into South Jersey on Monday, Janet Arabia, of Linwood, was getting prepared.  She wasn’t buying a shovel or milk, though — she was checking out James Patterson’s novel “Private Vegas” from the Somers Point branch of the Atlantic County Library System.“We’re ready,” she said of herself and her father, Jay, who was taking out a book about woodworking. “I’ve got my flashlight and my book.”  Kevin McCabe, who manages the Somers Point branch, said that when snow is in the forecast, many people will come to the library looking for DVDs and children’s books to keep their kids occupied for the upcoming snow day, or a book for themselves.But in major storm events, such Hurricanes Sandy and Irene or summer derechos, the libraries around Atlantic County get the busiest in the days after — almost turning into community centers for people without power or Internet access. To McCabe, the library offers a safe, solid building for residents. READ MORE
For one week, libraries will be taking their cue from Frank Sinatra in the song “New York, New York.” Much like the Big Apple in the song, the library is a place where, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”“Libraries are for making” is the theme of this year’s Teen Tech Week (March 8-14), an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. READ MORE