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Built in the 1850s, the former Anti-Saloon League headquarters in Westerville, Ohio was teeming with insects, strewn with water-logged papers and covered in benign neglect. In the peak of its influence, the League had turned a country dry through its printing and lobbying efforts which led to passage of the 18th Amendment.Next to the building on State Street stood the Westerville Public Library built in 1955 on land given by the Anti-Saloon League. In 1973 one of the last remaining Anti-Saloon Leaguers, who was failing in his attempt to care for the building and its contents, walked into the adjacent library and gave the keys to the historic building to the nearest staff member, thereby beginning the process of gifting the brick structure and the huge collection of anti-alcohol information within to the public library. The League was given the home and the ground it stood on in 1909 by the Westerville Board of Trade to entice the organization to locate its printing headquarters in the small village. So it was fitting that it was given back to the people of Westerville through their public library. READ MORE
Dr. Camila Alire, During the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., 2009 – 2010 ALA President,  discussed the state of America’s Libraries with PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown at the American Library Assn.’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., this past June. Dr. Alire detailed the many challenges facing libraries right now including budget, service, and resources cuts and how they are affecting communities and users. READ MORE
Nominations are now open through September 20 for the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The award really is a big deal:  up to 10 librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries nationwide will win $5,000 and be honored at an award reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times. The 2010 winners will be announced in December.  In the meantime, let’s take a look back at previous years’ winners. Here is Oceana Wilson.  READ MORE
Launched in 1987 and organized by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when public and school libraries across the country join together to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. This year’s celebration takes place at a time when the decade-long trend of increased library usage is not only continuing, but accelerating during the current economic downturn, according to the 2010 Harris Interactive poll. READ MORE
The American Dental Association (ADA) is a professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, ethics, science, and professional advancement. Formed in 1859, the ADA today has more than 155,000 dentist members. It is the largest and oldest national dental association in the world. The Association has more than 400 employees at its headquarters in Chicago and its office in Washington, D.C.The ADA Library was started in 1927, to provide resources and reference service to ADA members. The library's primary mission is to serve the information needs of ADA members and support the needs of ADA staff. The ADA Library contains an extensive collection of nearly 30,000 books and over 600 current journals, covering all areas of dentistry and oral health, including clinical, research, practice management and historical topics. READ MORE
The feature film Flipped directed by Rob Reiner and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, opened in six cities (New York, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Indianapolis) August 27. Based on the 2001 YA novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, the film flips back and forth in showing the thoughts and feelings of two protagonists, 8th-graders Bryce and Juli (played by Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll) as they develop crushes on each other, though not exactly at the same time. Reiner first came to prominence playing Archie and Edith Bunker’s son-in-law on the TV sit-com All in the Family in 1971–1978 and has since directed a string of successful films, among them This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Stand By Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990), The American President (1995), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and The Bucket List (2007). In this interview, he shares his insights on books, writing film adaptations, and reading. American Libraries’ Senior Editor George Eberhart had an opportunity to view the film and talk to Reiner by phone August 23.  READ MORE
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

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