by Perry Backus, courtesy of The Ravalli RepublicA University of Montana professor’s speech on the “Perspectives on Islam” at the Darby Public Library was met with applause, not pickets, Wednesday night.  So many people turned out to listen to Samir Bitar’s presentation that library officials were forced to hand out tickets and then turn the overflow away at the door to keep the fire marshal away. READ MORE
Beth Rumery has turned her academic library into a force for community engagement.One of the 10 winners of the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award, Rumery, library director at the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut, has redefined the mission of a library director in a number of ways.Her nominator, Sue Shontell, said Rumery has redefined the mission of a library director by her outreach efforts to students. READ MORE
by Donna Liquori, courtesy of Times UnionAt the Keene Valley Library in the Adirondacks (NY), the telecommuters, the story time kids and those browsing for a good read can take a break for ''elevenses.'' "We have tea every day at the library at 11. You sit around the table and connect with other people," said Karen Glass, the director of the library. "We are people's third place." READ MORE
by Sarah M. Wojcik, courtesy of The Morning CallWhen David Janders moved back to the Lehigh (PA) Valley after 40 years in the Arizona desert, he was looking for a way to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances.  Janders tried digging up his 1968 Whitehall High School yearbook, but soon realized that an older sibling must have tossed it out even before he left for Arizona. READ MORE
by Ally Schweitzer, courtesy of Bandwidth.fmIt was the final show at the 9:30 Club on F Street NW, and Teri Stubs hadn’t worn the right attire.  “I came not to work, but dressed to party,” Stubs says. “I had a little skirt on.” READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyLibraries provide opportunities. This is especially true for a segment of our population whose success is critically important and on which the very future of our nation depends.  One annual initiative, Teen Tech Week, offers a chance for libraries to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. READ MORE
by B.A. Morelli, courtesy of The GazetteCedar Rapids, Iowa — The local public libraries — downtown and west side — are go-to spots on the weekends for Josie Meineke and her three children, Xander, 5, Joscelyn, 6, and Riley, 9.  On a Saturday earlier this month, Riley and Joscelyn thumbed through movie titles at the Ladd Library, while Xander wheeled a cart through the stacks to collect books. READ MORE
by Steve ZaluskyApril Roy’s new assignment provided a change of scenery.Roy had been the children’s librarian at a popular library in an upscale shopping district that attracted a number of wealthy patrons and hosted programs that featured nationally known authors.  Then she transferred to the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, becoming library director in a high poverty, high crime district on the western edge of Kansas City, Missouri, with a dwindling tax base. READ MORE
by Debbie Briner, courtesy of Columbus MonthlyWith the main Columbus (OH) library closed until June, the homeless around Downtown have lost a valuable resource. READ MORE