By Steve ZaluskyGlossy black tables were covered in yellow tape with black letters bearing the phrase Art + Activism. Brochures, buttons and a reference guide to banned books were spread across the table.A black rolling library cart with books stacked horizontally was also wrapped in yellow tape. On its shelves are books with fake covers masking the real ones, their spines displaying the reasons they were challenged – “Violence,” “Filth,” “Dirty Talk.” READ MORE
By Janene Holzberg at The Baltimore Sun The Howard County Library System took several big steps in electronic programming over the past month, including becoming the first public library system in Maryland to offer a free education catalog of 3,600 streaming video classes and 150,000 tutorials. READ MORE
by Abby Welsh, courtesy of Livingston DailySuperhero fans throughout Livingston County in Kentucky put on their capes and revealed their secret identities during the first mini-comic con.  Genoa Township’s 2/42 Community Church was taken over by the heroes, who could tackle face painting, local authors, games and comic-drawing classes. READ MORE
by Terra Dankowski, courtesy of American LibrariesAs many Americans reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship on Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, September 17, American Libraries takes a look at the role public libraries have had in the lives of immigrants seeking information, referrals, or a pathway to citizenship. READ MORE
By Renatta Signorini, courtesy of TribLiveWarden John Walton had a problem.He was fielding complaints about a new video visitation program for inmates at the Westmoreland County jail that cut back on in-person visits. And fewer people than he anticipated were ponying up $15 to chat via video, money that was expected to pay for the $95,000 computer program. READ MORE
By Kristin Pekoll, assistant director at ALA's Office for Intellectual FreeodomIt’s called a “challenge” for a reason.I’ve never met a librarian who wishes their books would be censored or who invite complaints about their work. I think that’s one of the reasons going through a book challenge is hard on librarians. People decide to become librarians because it is a passion. It’s not just a career. It’s a mission. They take it personally when the critics throw around words like “obscenity” and “child pornography.” READ MORE
The importance of Jessica Holmes to her school, Westridge Elementary School, Frankfort, Kentucky, was dramatically underscored when she was selected as Teacher of the Year at her school.As Joe Lovell, her nominator for the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, pointed out, “It’s not every day that a school librarian is selected by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year at her school.” READ MORE
by Allison Marcotte, courtesy of American LibrariesFor Hartford (Conn.) Public Library (HPL), block parties and community theater are more than just forms of entertainment. They are potential ways to solve the issue of public safety and build a stronger relationship between residents and the police department. READ MORE