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Books for young adults are more popular than ever, and there are many awards for young adult literature chosen by librarians, authors, and experts in the publishing industry. There is one book award, however, that allows teens to vote for their favorite books: The Teens' Top Ten Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. READ MORE
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.If you haven't visited your library recently, stop by during September to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are planning Library Card Sign-up Month events and promotions.  READ MORE
Actor, director, and producer Milo Ventimiglia, best known for his roles on television dramas "This is Us" and "Gilmore Girls," is starring in the Fox 2000 feature film “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” an adaptation of the international best-selling novel by Garth Stein. READ MORE
Graphic novels are more popular than ever. Overall sales increased by more than 11% in 2018 according to Publishers Weekly, and that increase was driven largely by a big jump in the sale of juvenile graphic novels, which saw a massive 56.2% increase last year. It's no wonder they're so popular with the younger set. READ MORE
Equity, diversity and inclusion may seem incongruous in a community as homogenous as Portland, Oregon, but Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehkle knows the work is necessary, especially when, as she says, public libraries have historically created systems that have privileged some people over others.  READ MORE
By Diana Panuncial, courtesy of American Libraries.What do the following have in common: space-themed escape rooms, coding sessions with robot caterpillars, rocket workshops, and a phone call from astronauts in space?They’re some of the activities that thousands of libraries across the country are putting together to celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs, with “A Universe of Stories” as the slogan.And the sky’s the limit. READ MORE
Lindsey, the first winner from Illinois, was nominated by teens from two states–Illinois and Nebraska. She is commended for inspiring youth by creating welcoming environments that help them to learn and grow.One teen nominator said, “I remember what Lindsey said to us during the first [Teen Advisory Board] meeting–we could make the library anything we wanted it to be. That’s empowering.”Working with Teen Advisory Boards, Lindsey encouraged teens to develop programs that reflected their interests. Together, they have taken field trips to plays, concerts and comic book conventions to pursue their collective passions. She also helps them establish groups and activities such as the bacon club, a makerspace and teen storytime.   READ MORE
Inclusion and accessibility are at the very heart of libraries' mission, and librarians are playing an essential role in facilitating the full participation of people with disabilities in society.No one exemplifies this mission more than JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University Library of the University of Illinois.  We recently spoke with him about the value of embedding the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion into his work and learned more about projects he’s undertaken, including the development of a series of disability libguides, the creation of reflection rooms for students, and his work with special populations, like veterans. READ MORE
According to an Associated Press analysis of census data, an estimated 17 percent of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband internet.In Portage, about 10.47 percent of households do not have internet; 11.47 percent do not have computers, tablets or smartphones; and 22.76 percent do not have broadband, including cellular data plans, cable, fiber optic or DSL. District-level data did not differentiate between households that had school-age children and those that did not.“Is access a problem? Yes, and it’s not just our district. I’m sure all districts have the same issue,” Kent City Schools Superintendent George Joseph said. READ MORE

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