Held on a Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Baby Palooza drew more than 150 attendees and 34 exhibitors. Events included a signing story-time, Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga, prenatal yoga, a workshop on protecting your family from household hazards, baby mas¬sage, and lactation consultations. Baby Palooza attendees were given a folder with an exhibit room floor plan, event schedule, library information, book lists, and coupons. A raffle was held, featuring more than 30 donated items, including grocery gift cards, local salon gift certificates, and picture packages. READ MORE
Each year the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), presents three ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries awards, one each to an outstanding university, college, and community college library. The award recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. It is sponsored by Blackwell's Book Services, which provides a $3,000 gift to each winning library. READ MORE
General Mills headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to four libraries: the Betty Crocker Kitchen Cookbook Library, the Riverside Technical Center Library, the James Ford Bell Technical Center Library and the Business Information Center. The staff at these libraries took time out from their work (and taste testing samples) to answer a few questions from I Love Libraries about their work as special librarians in a food manufacturing company. READ MORE
by Karen Maki and Denise Raleigh, originally published in the February 2010 issue of the Illinois Library Association Reporter READ MORE
The Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library collaborated with local businesses and professional organizations to present “Book It: The Party” — a social event connecting busy people through friendship, food, drinks, games, and service. The Friends invited adults of all ages (but particularly 20- to 40-somethings) to Central Library on Thurs., April 1, 7 p.m., for an evening of fun, games, and prizes.Designed to bring young professionals into the library and cultivate future leaders, “Book It: The Party” provided guests with an opportunity to meet new people, explore the Italian Renaissance Revival-style library that is the heart of the system, and give something back to the library and the city in which they live and work. More than 150 people attended. The hope is that this will be the first in a series of events geared toward young professionals. READ MORE
The Friends of the Mott Library at Mott Community College (MCC) in Flint, Mich., helps promote library services through active fundraising. A variety of fundraising activities over the years have included book sales, murder mystery dinners, a fashion show, art auctions, silent auctions, and art gallery visits. Each of these fundraising activities returns a percentage of the sales to the Friends.While these fundraising efforts go a long way to support the library by providing books for special collections and other equipment to support library services to students, the MCC Friends group works hard to maintain an active membership who helps meet budgetary needs. The MCC Friends members as well as the MCC Friends board members work together to make the group successful. READ MORE
What should users expect in a great library? The 10 winners of the 2009 I Love My Librarian award share their perspectives on what users deserve, and how they've worked to achieve it. READ MORE
Libraries all around the country are in need of funding, and here’s how one city is making it happen. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to helping libraries provide much-needed internet access to their patrons in the U.S.  and over a dozen countries around the world.  For more information, please see the Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study, published by the American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics. READ MORE
Five individuals were selected as this year’s recipients of the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship Fund. All five are the Illinois recipients of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship. READ MORE