Redwood City’s (CA) downtown library is buzzing with activity.Its roof has been home to two honeybee hives since summer, and a hands-on educational display about bees in the children’s section will be unveiled at the “Bee Jubilee."   The event features bee-themed live music by local band “Corner Laughters” and honey-flavored snacks will be offered.The “Bee Wall Interpretive Center” will educate children about the various types of bees, their life cycles and how they collect pollen. The center also includes a cabinet full of books on bees, beekeeping tools, samples of dead bees and a screen will live stream footage from the inside of the rooftop hives.“Bees are important to our society because one of every three bites of food we eat is produced by honeybees,” said beekeeper Kendal Sager, who manages the library’s bee colonies. Humans also rely on honey and beeswax for various household products, including lotions, lip balm, soaps and furniture polish, Sager said.Bees typically don’t generate much honey within the first year, said beekeeper Kendal Sager, but she did manage to harvest a modest 40 pounds of honey in September — one hive can produce up to 150 pounds in an especially productive year, she said. The honey from the rooftop hives will be for sale starting Feb. 5 in the library’s store — 6 ounces are priced at $10. READ MORE
Penn's (PA) First Generation Low Income Textbook Library helps students save hundreds of dollars on textbooks and allows them to donate old books each semester. But a recent surge in demand has left students and faculty calling for more space and funding to sustain the library."It’s reached the point where in order for it to be sustainable and be a helpful program, it needs more staff, organization, and tools like a library catalogue,” Penn First Finance and Operations Chair and College junior Melissa Perez said.The FGLI library, formally created in 2017, lets students borrow more than 4,000 books free of cost and is housed on the third floor and attic space of the Greenfield Intercultural Center. Greenfield Intercultural Academic and Library Resource Coordinator Afuah Frimpong, who oversees the program, is the only official staff member of the library.During the FGLI library's first few months, it had about 250 students participate in the program. In fall 2018, the library received more than 600 requests. This spring semester alone, it received more than 760 textbook requests from nearly 700 students using the library's resources. READ MORE
Librarian and IB Extended Essay CoordinatorJoseph Meyerhoff Library, Baltimore City CollegeBaltimore, MarylandJennifer’s an unwavering belief in students gives them the confidence to achieveThe first I Love My Librarian Award recipient from Maryland, Jennifer plays an instrumental role in prepping students for the Extended Essay portion of the high school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program, a rigorous process of research and writing.She inspires students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, to rise to the challenge. If students need extra help, she meets them at coffee shops in the evenings, on weekends and school breaks. She even provides rides for students who have transportation challenges getting to school. READ MORE
It’s hard to say where in the Dewey Decimal System the story of the Warren County Public Library’s (KY) recent history would fall.  Maybe the public finance section, where a narrative about how forming a local taxing district has allowed the library to improve its financial position.Or perhaps it belongs in the political science section alongside examples of how local governments respond to demands from constituents.No doubt, Lisa Rice would like to see it in the literature section as a feel-good story suitable for reading by the fireplace or viewing on the Hallmark Channel.“Becoming a taxing district made the line item on our budget secure,” said Rice, who became library director in 2008. “It has allowed us to expand and do some work on roofing and HVAC projects and also modernize our elevator.”Rice was the library’s assistant director when the taxing district was established in 2008 with a property tax rate of 4.3 cents per $100 of valuation.That action, which passed Warren County Fiscal Court by a 4-3 vote (with Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon casting the tie-breaking vote), meant the library would no longer operate as Bowling Green Public Library. READ MORE
The sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike is still more than four months out, but folks from the Utah State University library are getting a jumpstart on the momentous anniversary.Staffers from USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah Division of State History will soon open a new transcontinental railroad exhibit on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt lake City.Titled, “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” the exhibit opened this month and remain on display through June 2019.  The exhibit highlights the impact of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States, which was completed in Northern Utah on May 10, 1869.Built between 1863 and 1869, the line connected the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. railway. The railroad revolutionized the American West with a dependable transportation system that brought Western states economic prosperity through the relatively inexpensive and speedy movement of both goods and people. READ MORE
Those who want to give their eyes a rest from printed material in books, or the screens of a computer, can gaze upon the soft, blue glow of a new aquarium at the Olean Public Library (PA) on North Second Street.Sheryl Soborowski, outreach librarian, said aquariums have been a part of the library the past 20 to 25 years, with the most recent ones in need of replacement.  “It’s a brand new fish tank that Olean Coral Reef just purchased and gave it to us for cost,” Soborowski said of the North Union Street business. “They donated their time to set it up and helped us get rid of our old fish tanks that were breaking down, and rehomed some of our larger fish. But a few that are in (the new tank) are some of our original fish.”Soborowski said the previous tanks were located in different places around the library and were taken care of by the library’s former arts coordinator, the late Robert Taylor.  “He used to have his turtles in one of the aquariums,” she said of Taylor. “There are lots of adults who come into the library and reminisce about loving the turtles through their childhood.” READ MORE
Nancy’s dedication and compassion are felt all over campusNancy has broadened the college library’s reach and impact on students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.Her talent for teaching makes her an invaluable partner in the academic learning process. Through her fun and engaging orientations and classes, she teaches students how to find accurate and reliable data and write citations for papers. She assists faculty and staff by ensuring new resources with the latest research and teaching strategies are available to be used in classrooms. READ MORE
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.A list of all the 2019 award winners follows:John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina, is the 2019 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: “The Night Diary,” written by Veera Hiranandani and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; and “The Book of Boy,” written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. READ MORE
History lovers, scholars, and Salemites alike demonstrate an ardent commitment to preserving the Phillips Library archives.The controversy surrounding the relocation of Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM) Phillips Library (MA) is fueled by a shared passion to preserve the country’s oldest and largest archival collection in the most favorable way possible. Everyone at the proverbial table shares this mission, no matter their position on the issues surrounding the move from Salem to Rowley. With roots that reach back to 1799, the first incarnation of Phillips Library functioned as “a working library for which the practical execution of the plan and the collection of the necessary books should be an object of the first importance.” Today, its mission is “to collect and preserve materials for the civil and natural history of Essex County and for the advancement of the arts, literature, and science generally.” Until recently, the 42,000 linear feet of historical documents that compose the library’s collection were housed in Plummer Hall and Daland House on Essex Street in Salem. As of July 2017, the artifacts are being preserved in the 120,000-square-foot Collections Center in Rowley. After decades of moving from one location to another, this is to be their final home. READ MORE
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (CT) has acquired the papers of David Sedaris, noted American humorist, author, and essayist.Sedaris, who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1987, is the author of the works “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” and “Calypso,” among others. He is also known for his many contributions to “This American Life,” a weekly radio show produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange.“It hardly needs to be said that David Sedaris is one of the most beloved modern authors in the world,” said Timothy Young, curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. “His popularity is due to the fact that he is one of the best American writers of recent memory. The David Sedaris Papers show his growth — as an artist, as a performer, as a writer — and document those talents extensively over many decades of his work.” READ MORE