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Cambria, a Wisconsin village with a population north of 700, doesn’t have a dry cleaners—but residents know if they need an item pressed, stitched, or altered, they can drop off their duds at Jane Morgan Memorial Library (JMML).“Sandy’s willing to take a look at anything, from mending pants to replacing zippers to sewing buttons on a shirt or pants,” says Director Jennifer Tallman of Sandra Vardell (pictured), a former board member who volunteers one Saturday per month to tackle the town’s toughest tailoring. READ MORE
I Love My Librarian Award 2018 winner Dr. Linda E. Robinson cultivates a love of literacy and learning in students through creative programming. She has developed a strong school library program to ensure her students have the best chance to succeed.One such program is the One School, One Read initiative which encourages staff and students to read a book together. Linda helps to bring each book to life with a lunch-time celebration with a meal that reflects the book’s setting, staff dressing up as characters and putting up decorations and playing music from the time period. READ MORE
A call to action by a former Minnesota senator has inundated a Leech Lake tribal school.Al Franken, the former comedian-turned-U.S. senator, asked the internet last week to donate books and cash to Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School’s secondary school library. By Friday afternoon, May 3, school -- and UPS -- workers estimated they’ve received about 1,800 packages of books, plus $75,000 via a GoFundMe campaign Franken highlighted. Conditions at the school’s building for secondary students were notoriously shoddy, and Minnesota lawmakers such as Franken pushed for years to secure federal money to replace it. The new building, which opened at the beginning of this school year, didn’t have many books in its library or enough shelves to store them on, which meant boxes and boxes of books sat quietly in a storage room this year. READ MORE
Housed in an Italian revivalist building in Old City, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia (PA) features an ornate, high-ceiling reading room filled with an extensive collection of maps, photographs, and architectural drawings on Philadelphia's history.In February 2019, Penn Libraries entered into a partnership with the Athenaeum, granting students access to its vast historical resources. The partnership came about because the Athenaeum needed to update its library management system and Penn Libraries offered to put the Athenaeum's objects into its recently-updated system, said Jon Shaw, Penn's associate vice provost and deputy university librarian.The partnership will allow people with access to Penn Libraries to use the Athenaeum’s material, and members of the Athenaeum will also be granted full access to Penn Libraries. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia was founded in 1814 as a membership library, and it now also functions as a museum and an event space. The library, which is classified as a National Historic Landmark, has been housed in its current building on S. Sixth Street since 1847.  READ MORE
Days after the Lincoln (NE) woman took a recipe book back to the Lincoln library on Superior Street, she received something in return.A letter, and a cause for alarm.  “On 11/28/18, library staff discovered evidence of bed bugs in an item you returned to Eiseley Branch Library,” it began.The letter instructed her to seal her remaining library items in plastic bags and return them to the counter for inspection. And it warned her she could be charged if library staff found more bed bug evidence and had to trash the items.The woman was incredulous, and spoke to the branch manager, she wrote last month in a letter to the city.  “I asked how the library would know that the book had been contaminated at my home, or whether my home was at risk of contamination from the infestation problem at the library?”A simple question — with a complicated answer that involves freezers and dogs, and dates to 2014.  “We had somebody that brought some books back with bugs in them,” said Julie Beno, library services coordinator. “And that’s what started it all.” READ MORE
Paula promotes equity and inclusion through her work with underserved populations, particularly immigrants and refugees. One community leader proclaimed, “America needs more Paulas.”Every month, the library sends a bus to pick up immigrant families to bring them to the library where they can check out materials and socialize. For many displaced Bhutanese families, these visits are important trips to engage with their community and avoid social isolation. Paula also provides information and speakers on topics to help families assimilate to their new area. READ MORE
Voters approved all five public library issues on local ballots from the May 7 election around Ohio.  The average voter approval rating was 74 percent on the ballot issues that included two new levies and three renewals.The revenue from these local property tax levies will provide financial support for library programs and essential services as well as complement the state funding of public libraries. READ MORE
She may be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her influential coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street, but Sandra Cisneros is doing anything but resting on her laurels. The 64-year-old trailblazing Chicana author, who in February received the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, is collaborating on an opera based on Mango Street. And, thanks to a Ford Foundation Art of Change fellowship, she recently finished collecting the voices of more than 50 undocumented people for an oral-history work in progress. American Libraries recently caught up with Cisneros during a visit to New York from her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.You spent much of your childhood in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Did you visit the library there? Yes, it had the advantage of being across from a park, in a neighborhood that had shops and candy stores. So there was a ritual: You’d go to the library, and then on the way back, you’d stop at the Woolworth’s and get a root beer float or something.My mother was the one who needed to go to the library every week. She was so frustrated by her life; she didn’t choose being a mom. She needed nourishment, so every weekend we were at the library for her sake. It was something we enjoyed very much, too. It was a special thing, to be with your parent who was busy all the time. READ MORE
Before its collapse, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. — infamous for being the only company to declare bankruptcy during the 2008 financial crisis — had touched almost every sector of the American economy.Looking at its primary business records, the majority of which are at the Baker Library of Harvard Business School (MA), it’s easy to trace the firm’s influence on a wide array of industries in its 150-year history, from retail and film to aviation and technology. The documents show everything from Lehman’s business transactions to its stock certificates, and make clear just how broad a reach the company had in national and global business.Many of these documents are on display in a new exhibit at the library, “Lehman Brothers: A History, 1850–2008,” that looks at firm’s wide reach as it went from small and family-run to the fourth-largest investment bank in the U.S. READ MORE
Home to a manifold of rare books, unique statues and special artifacts, the John Hay Library (RI) is the second oldest library on the University’s campus and a popular studying site for students. From cast models of Lincoln’s fists to rows upon rows of tiny British soldier figures, the Hay houses an abundance of remarkable objects.The Hay came to be the establishment for these collections through Andrew Carnegie, famous American industrialist and business magnate, who donated half of the funds required under the condition that the University would name the building after John Hay, Secretary of State to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Lincoln CollectionWhen entering the Hay’s Lincoln Collection rooms, students are greeted with numerous Lincoln portraits peering over 30,000 objects of various mediums.Originally owned by Charles Woodbury McLellan, the collection was donated to the University by John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1897 in 1923. With original letters, photographs and needlepoint embroidery, the giant collection is a testament to the former U.S. president’s legacy as an almost mythical figure celebrated by the masses for preserving the union. In the early 20th century, establishing collections of Lincoln memorabilia and artifacts became popular for large universities and institutions. Holly Snyder, curator of the Lincoln and the Hay Collection, elaborated on how the University came to possess the expansive collection. READ MORE

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