The Eisenhower Public Library District (EPLD) in Norridge and Harwood Heights, Illinois, serves a diverse array of foreign-language speakers, with more than 50% of its residents speaking a language other than English at home, including Italian, Polish, and Spanish.Penny Blubaugh, teen and programming librarian at EPLD, says, “It’s a very diverse population. We’re almost like the first community you come to, a welcoming community to the United States.” READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyLibrarians transform communities.One outstanding example of a librarian reaching out to his community is one of the winners of the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, Kevin Ray, children’s librarian at the Martin Luther King Branch in Cleveland.Nominator Anthony Dandridge said Ray does a lot of outreach in the community, including visits to local day care facility and to the Juvenile Detention Center,“Mr. Ray values all of the patrons within our service area, especially since he lives in the community,” he said. READ MORE
by Jenn McKee, courtesy of MLiveThe Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at the Ann Arbor (MI) District Library (WLBPD@AADL) recently received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year - from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - on June 19, 2015 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. READ MORE
By Steve Zalusky and Jennifer HableySchool Library Aide Vera Beal watched as fire poured out of her library at James Monroe Elementary in Edison, N.J. It was a Saturday in March, 2014, so fortunately no one was hurt. Still, she said, “I watched in dismay and fright as the flames rolled out of the windows of our school library,” she said. “The entire collection of books as well as all of our media equipment was destroyed. All of these wonderful amenities of the school year have been erased due to the fire.” READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyNow is the time to honor your favorite librarian by nominating them for an I Love My Librarian award.  Nominations for the eighth year of the award are open.  The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community or university librarians. READ MORE
by Andrew Adkins, courtesy of The Roanoke TimesSix-year-old Rayjon Johnson is thrilled about Roanoke’s new “Books on Buses” initiative.  “I like it because I get to read books to everybody and I get to get on the bus,” he said. READ MORE
by Ed Karvoski, Jr., courtesy of Community AdvocateSharon Lux, library director at Fay School for pre-kindergarten through grade nine, received the Ellen Berne Pathfinder Award at the Massachusetts School Library Association’s annual conference, held March 1 at the University of Massachusetts Conference Center in Amherst. READ MORE