This is illustrated by a program known simply as Dia. Also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Día is a commitment by libraries to link children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures all year long, culminating annually on April 30.This year, Dia is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is being commemorated across the nation through multicultural events for children and families, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy programming. READ MORE
by Joey Ye, courtesy of Yale Daily NewsConnecticut libraries no longer have to pay to borrow books from the University’s collection. READ MORE
One of the ways Libraries Transform is by innovating along larger societal trends or the shifting needs and interests of patrons. These trends and their impact on libraries are tracked by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. This is the first in a series of articles that will highlight some of those trends and how libraries have incorporated them into the services they provide to their communities. Digital badging takes an old concept (think Scouting badges) and re-configures it for the digital age. Badging provides a way to recognize formal and informal learning that happens across educational settings. Given the range of learning that libraries facilitate, it should come as no surprise that academic, school, and public libraries are experimenting and innovating with badging.  READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyChristopher Shaffer has transformed the Troy University libraries by bringing in programs that have opened a window to a much larger world to the students living in this segment of rural southeastern Alabama.During his tenure at Troy, most of which was spent at the helm of the Dothan Campus library, he has exposed them to ideas and topics that they were unlikely to learn about otherwise. READ MORE
By Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Jury Chair, Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with AdversityMelanie Townsend Diggs is a true activist librarian, serving the needs of the community first.On April 19, 2015, 25-year-old Freddie Gray died, one week after Baltimore City Police took him into custody. READ MORE
We can all improve our money management skills.But where can we discover the resources to learn how to secure our financial future? How can we be sure we are relying on trusted sources of information? And how much will we have to spend on financial planners? The answers are as close as your local library – and they are available free of charge.Libraries across the United States will offer activities to teach members of their communities how to sharpen their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week, April 23-30, 2016. READ MORE
Bookmobiles help transform the communities they serve by providing door-to-door delivery of information, technology, and resources for life-long learning to people of all backgrounds.National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 13, 2016) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).Mobile branches like the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, offer the same services as a local library branch, including books, audio books, music on CD, large print books, DVDs, and magazines. Fountaindale’s bookmobile reaches patrons of all ages, visiting schools and senior centers, often closing the gap for residents who do not have convenient access to a library facility. READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyAmong the shelves of books, bins full of DVDs and rows of computer terminals, you can also find stars.They shine within all types of libraries – academic, public, school and special.They are people like Mark King, who works in a public library in Nashua, New Hampshire, who, in the words of one library user, “knows how to put a smile on your face, you leaving feeling awesome and good about yourself. READ MORE
by Steve ZaluskyLibraries today are less about what they have for people and more about what they do for and with people.Every day, libraries of all types prove that they are powerful agents of community change. No longer just places for books, libraries now offer a smorgasbord of free digitally-based programs and services, including 3-D printing, ebooks, digital recording studios and technology training.National Library Week will be observed April 10-16, 2016 with the theme, "Libraries Transform." READ MORE
Megan McDonald, author of the popular Judy Moody series, the Stink books, and the Sisters Club trilogy, knows the value of school librarians."Before I was a writer, I was a reader, thanks to my school librarian. She saw something in me, and put the Little House books in my hand. She first introduced me to Ramona and Charlotte the Spider and Homer Price and Caddie Woodlawn. And she let me check out a biography of Virginia Dare so many times, (I got to stamp the due date myself!), that she finally had to ask me to share with other readers.”McDonald is the national spokesperson for School Library Month, an initiative of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Held each April, School Library Month celebrates school librarians and their programs. READ MORE