by Robert Behre, courtesy of the Post and CourierCynthia Hurd worked her way up Charleston County’s (SC) library system to become manager of one of its busiest branches, but those who knew her best say she was much more.  One of the nine victims of Wednesday’s church shooting, Hurd spent her life helping people, particularly helping them become educated, said Jamie Thomas, the library system’s spokeswoman and Hurd’s friend. READ MORE
*/ The Athens–Clarke County (Ga.) Library Pinewoods branch is a small library with a big heart. Located in a mobile home park and housed in a double-wide manufactured home, the library serves 19,000 in thegreater Athens area. READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyWhen Ciro Scardina, librarian at the John G. Whittier School in Staten Island New York,  arrived at P.S. 18 about four years ago, his leadership abilities were obvious to all.As Donna Desantis, his nominator for Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, wrote, “He carries himself with confidence and he is authoritative without being overbearing or bossy.” READ MORE
by A. McKinnon, courtesy of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public LibraryBucking national trends, the Saint Paul Public Library recently extended hours at seven of its locations.  The reinstatement of evening hours came after a intense 2014 budget season in the City of Saint Paul.  Spirited discussions and philosophical debates about library funding mechanisms led to a rare veto, and even rarer veto override by the City Council. READ MORE
by Linda Arntzenius, courtesy of Town TopicsThe personal working library of famed deconstructionist philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) arrived at Princeton (NJ) University’s Firestone Library recently, and scholarly blogs and social media sites are already buzzing with the news. READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyComedy and custard have been constant companions since the first pie was tossed in cinema’s toddler years.  Since then, some of the screen’s greatest comedians have hurled their gooey missiles in epic battles that audiences always seem to enjoy. READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyLynn Hurt was named coordinator of library services at Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) in 2010. But she has been working at the college for a quarter of a century, beginning in the Admissions Office for a four-year stint and continuing as she worked in the Counseling Department as an advisor for another eight years. READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyLibraries are open to all. They are welcoming places where people of all ages and cultures are comfortable.  For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender individuals, libraries provide valuable information and resources, in particular promoting GLBT literature in their collections. READ MORE
by Stephen B. Thornton, courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat-GazetteIn 1991, when the Lawrence County Library System (AR) wanted to add two branch locations, Lynn wasn't originally considered.  The remote farming town of 282 is 15 miles down a winding stretch of Arkansas 25 from Powhatan. Its largest employers are a farm-services company and the small Hillcrest School District, which is about 6 miles south. READ MORE