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At the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 29, Booklist hosted a forum on the burgeoning genre of post-9/11 literature. Booklist Online Senior Editor Keir Graff (My Fellow Americans) led the panel of distinguished authors, including Carolyn See (Golden Days), speaking about conflating personal and global catastrophe; Janette Turner Hospital (Due Preparations for the Plague), discussing her visit to Ground Zero and how it influenced her book; and Ellen Gilchrist (A Dangerous Age), talking about the yet-unwritten definitive 9/11 book. READ MORE
A library patron needs some books. Famous, award-winning, acclaimed books. Seems simple enough. And yet...This video was produced by AL Focus, the video arm of American Libraries Magazine, in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 27-October 4, 2008, and in cooperation with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. READ MORE
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few are to be chewed and digested" Francis Bacon once said. The "monsterific" theme of 2008's Teen Read Week celebration as "Books with Bite," agrees with Mr. Bacon's suggestions as to how to devour books. Likewise, Teen Read Week offers libraries the opportunity to give teens a taste of reading delights that will have them chomping at the bit for the next book. Whether "Books with Bite" elicits images of the vampire we all love to read about Edward Cullen of the Twilight series, or graphic novels of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen read Week is the library marketing extravaganza to strut their stuff for teenagers. READ MORE
Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration! FOLUSA is coordinating the third annual National Friends of Libraries Week October 19 - 25, 2008. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. READ MORE
Teens' Top Ten is a "Teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen books groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted in April during Nation Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year during Teen Read Week. Readers ages twelve to eighteen can vote right here, online, anytime that week. READ MORE
The severity of Hurricane Katrina’s impact reverberated throughout the city of New Orleans. Submerged property and toppled trees and automobiles are a testament to its ferocity. Very few buildings or homes were spared its devastation and one institution, the once vibrant New Orleans Public Library System (NOPL), underwent the most horrid destruction. The twelve-branch system experienced damage to all of its buildings, some of them, particularly the Martin Luther King Branch in the Lower Ninth Ward and the Smith Regional Branch in the Lakefront area, sustained overwhelming torrents that completely destroyed the entrails of the buildings. Others suffered water and mold damage and a few were salvageable, but nothing really emerged physically intact. READ MORE
Last weekend, 11-year-old Oscar Youngquist of Racine, Wis. received a personalized tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. It was a once in a lifetime moment, and it was all made possible by a trip to the Racine Public Library.On October 3, Step Up to the Plate spokesperson and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, drew Youngquist’s name as the grand-prize winner. READ MORE
What is the largest source of potential federal funding for public libraries? Your first thought may naturally be the Library Services and Technology Act , a program that provided around $220 million for libraries in FY2008. But the correct answer is the Education-Rate Program, commonly known as the “e-rate,” with at least $2.25 billion per year—one of the four programs that comprise the federal Universal Services Fund (USF) that was established in the Communications Act of 1934 to equalize the cost of telephone services to underserved areas of the country. The 1996 Telecommunications Act took it a step further by adding support for advanced telecommunications and information services, extending the USF’s priorities to include K–12 schools and public libraries. Thus, the birth of the e-rate. READ MORE
Four-year-old Katalyna Padilla forms the words slowly, straining to pronounce each syllable clearly. She and twin sister Katrina attend one of six EPIC preschools sponsored by Waukegan Public School District 60. EPIC stands for Early Childhood Partners In Collaboration, an organization that provides no-cost preschool to Waukegan kids ages 3-5. Last year, Katalyna, who speaks English as a second language, was diagnosed with a speech disability during her preschool screening. She immediately began speech therapy with specialists at EPIC READ MORE
MG Farrelly is a public librarian and has written a list of seven ways that your library can help you during a bad economy. Libraries are an excellent resource and they're pretty easy to use. Don't worry if you're not a big reader, there's lots more stuff to do at the library besides just checking out books. READ MORE

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