The American Library Association (ALA) and Target Corporation today announced their partnership in Target’s nationwide Target Read With Me campaign to help increase the reading proficiency of children.As part of this partnership, ALA is providing support and resources for a dedicated website that is focused on encouraging adults to read to children. The goal is to help foster a love of books and reading, and significantly increase a child’s ability to read on their own by the end of third grade. READ MORE
When area libraries started offering computer classes geared toward job-related skills two years ago, organizers found many of the laid-off auto industry workers had never used computers."They really needed the basic computer skills," said Ruth Ann Montgomery, director of the Arrowhead Library System, which coordinates and expands services at Rock County libraries [in Janesville, WI].The libraries since the late 1990s had offered computer classes, but when word hit that the area would be flooded with thousands of laid-off workers, Montgomery took action. READ MORE
Originally appeared on The Association of Jewish Libraries Blog Snapshot Day 2010 READ MORE
The Great Recession has taken its toll on almost every aspect of American life. Libraries appear to have been particularly hard hit, with cities around the country closing library branches, laying off staff and cutting budgets to meet revenue shortfalls.But Hanover's Howe Library ( is bucking that trend. Library officials announced this week that the Howe would increase its hours by staying open on summer Sundays, starting next year. Thanks to a gift from the late Leonard Morrissey and his family, the library will be open seven days a week, year 'round READ MORE
If information is power, then there's no hero mightier than a librarian. Librarians are superheroes, adventurers, explorers and invaluable guides to other heroes. Here are 20 amazing librarians who save the world every day!As Spider Robinson writes in The Callahan Touch, "Mary Kay is one of the hidden masters of the world — a librarian. They control information. Don't ever make one angry." So here are 20 librarians who you shouldn't ever enrage— but who might be a lot of help if you're in a tight corner. READ MORE
Calling all Library and Book Lovers - If you didn't get that special gift over the holiday season check out this blog the Gift Guide for Library and Book Lovers by the California School Library Association Campaign for Strong School Libraries. The site features more than 75 products, ranging from small to tall, fashion, furniture, guy stuff and kid stuff for the book lover.Proceeds made from the Google ads on the site support the CSLA's Campaign for Strong School Libraries. The campaign is designed to provide information about California school libraries. Visitors to the site are invited to give their time, talent and money to advocate for strong school libraries, implementing the new Model School Library Standards and creating legislative action READ MORE
1. Public libraries encourage democracy.Public libraries provide access to information and multiple points of view so that citizens can make informed decisions on public policy. READ MORE
YouMedia, a 5,500-square- foot room on the first floor of the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago, buzzes with teens hanging out with friends, remixing their own rock videos, tapping into the library's large collection of youth literature, and using the Internet to dive deeply into issues of interest.Supported by the MacArthur Foundation, YouMedia, which opened in summer 2009, connects youth, books, media, and institutions around Chicago to encourage collaboration and creativity, yielding a novel 21st-century learning environment. Teenagers with a city library card have in-house access to more than 100 laptops, as well as video games and a Wii console. There are flat screen monitors on every wall, a small recording studio, performance space, and a geek-out area where they can learn about new media from adult mentors — and it is for teenagers only. READ MORE
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. The award announcements were made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held in 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center. READ MORE