Best-selling author David Baldacci is Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015). He is the author of twenty-seven books for adults, each of which has become both a national and international bestseller. His astonishing career started with Absolute Power, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood. David's books have sold more than 110 million copies worldwide, and been translated into more than forty-five languages. READ MORE
National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 15, 2015) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. It provides an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.In this video from the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville, Virginia, bookmobile users share the their feelings about this important outreach service. READ MORE
The American Library Association released its 2015 State of America's Libraries Report today, detailing issues and trends of the previous year affecting America's public, academic and school libraries. The highly anticipated report includes the 2014 list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books as reported to ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. Here's an overview of the report's key findings: READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyMakerspaces – places where people can create, build and craft - are leaving their mark in libraries across the United States, radically transforming both their interior design and the way they are perceived.Allowing library patrons to transcend their traditional role as users and stir their creativity by actually making things, makerspaces are shining examples of how libraries promote community engagement. READ MORE
Every day, people use the services provided by library workers.  And each year, as part of National Library Week, their efforts are given special honor on National Library Workers Day (NLWD), which, this year, will be celebrated on April 14.A day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers, it was established by the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) in 2003. READ MORE
By Theresa Walker and Sarah de Cresenzo, courtesy of the Orange County Register READ MORE
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
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