The first words we learn are closely tied to the images we as children see in picture books.  Each November, Picture Book Month celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. It also highlights their crucial function in our development not only as readers, but as human beings. READ MORE
If you are in the mood for games, one place you might seek out is your local library – especially this weekend.  Around the third Saturday of each November, libraries and their communities get together to play games, as they participate in International Games Day (IGD). This year’s celebration is held Nov. 21, with several libraries even getting the jump on it by holding activities in advance. READ MORE
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer, was born and raised in Galesburg. His book Rootabaga Stories was written for his three daughters, and The American Songbag is a collection of American folk tunes that are still taught today.  Sandburg wrote his famous poem "Chicago" while living in this Ravenswood home, which was dedicated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries on April 25, 2015. READ MORE
The St. Clair County Library System in Michigan must have had David Richards and Jamie Storing in mind when it decided to leave its wireless Internet available all night.  Richards, 32, produces music on his laptop by downloading sounds from the Internet. Storing, 26, is a single mother who just moved to the area and has been researching programs and services online. READ MORE
by Colin Ellis, courtesy of The ForecasterThe Portland Public Library (ME) will be a pilot site for a project to enhance public exposure to science.  The project, funded in part by a $1.1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will help the library and five others bring science literacy to the community. READ MORE
The Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library in Chicago’s northwest suburbs promotes citizenship training as well as English as a second language (ESL) courses. Schaumburg, home to several global corporations, attracts workers from around the world. As a result, the library found that citizenship training was very much in demand.Pat Barch, literacy coordinator for the library, says, “Our American Dream project is really very important to us, because the library has been providing citizenship classes for about five years now.” READ MORE