Second Annual Class of National Student Poets to Serve One Year as Literary Ambassadors

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Washington, DC –  During a special ceremony at the National Book Festival, five distinguished teen poets emerged as national literary leaders and were appointed as the second annual class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.

Sojourner Ahebee, age 17 of Interlochen, MI; Michaela Coplen, age 17 of Carlisle, PA; Nathan Cummings, age 18 of Mercer Island, WA; Aline Dolinh, age 15 of Vienna, VA; and Louis Lafair, age 18 of Austin, TX will serve one year as literary ambassadors, during which time they will share their work and engage audiences of all ages in the art of poetry. By doing so, these poets demonstrate the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success.  The program celebrates teens as makers and doers and is a signature initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Math Midway 2Go Exhibit at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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The Arlington Heights Memorial Library invites you to our interactive math carnival, Math Midway 2Go, featured in the library’s Marketplace from September 9-29. It highlights the wonder of mathematics and features six interactive, custom-designed exhibits with hands-on activities that will captivate and engage visitors of all ages. Make your own designs on the Miles of Tiles magnetic wall. Find shapes within shapes using the Ring of Fire. Design the fastest roller coaster using the Roller Graphicoaster. Drop in during library hours and see how much fun math can be. All ages are invited. MM2GO is a production of the National Museum of Mathematics, The library is located in Arlington Heights at 500 N. Dunton Avenue. For more information, call 847-392-0100 or visit the website at

From burning to learning: looking at banned books in the McMaster library archives

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HAMILTON (CUP) — The McMaster Libraries Archives is more than just a museum for books. Their collection includes original works that once provoked mass outrage and book burnings.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the Freedom of Expression Committee that runs this year from Feb. 24 to March 2. The week was initially founded as a result of attacks on Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women in 1978.

Neil Gaiman speaks about libraries and censorship as part of National Library Week

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Libraries and their communities were invited to a live Internet event, An Evening with Neil Gaiman, April 12. This event, which kicked off National Library Week (April 11-17), was coordinated by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library (JCPL).

As Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Gaiman, the 2009 Newbery Medal winner for The Graveyard Book, spoke to his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy. Gaiman virtually joined a live audience at JCPL from the University of Minnesota using high definition videoconferencing technology supported by Internet2 to enable an interactive discussion with the author. Listen to Gaiman now!

ALTAFF Celebrates Fourth Annual National Friends of Libraries Week

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The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) is coordinating the fifth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, October 17-23, 2010. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate. Friends groups can use the time to creatively promote their group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. The celebration also offers an excellent opportunity for the library staff and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

“I encourage the whole nation to celebrate Friends of Libraries and the work they do. I’m convinced that the libraries are so much richer for the enthusiasm and expertise that the Friends bring to the Library,” said ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. “I hope that libraries across the country will use this week to honor their best supporters – the Friends of their Library – and use this opportunity to promote and expand their membership in this valuable organization.”

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries Celebrate Black History Month

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Virginia Commonwealth University  is Virginia’s largest institution of higher education, enrolling over 33,000 students and employing over 18,000 faculty and staff.  Classified by Carnegie as Research University (Very High Research Activity), VCU offers 38 doctoral, 73 masters, 3 professional, and 63 baccalaureate degrees. Twenty-seven of VCU's graduate, professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 21 programs ranking in the top 25 and two programs — sculpture and nurse anesthesia — ranked number one in the country.  Sponsored research funding totalled over $240 million in 2009-10.

Celebrating Libraries

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In honor of the American Library Association's National Library Week 2011 it seemed appropriate to take a look at how communities have created space for libraries.  While the word "library" harks back to the root word for book, that is by no means the sum total of what libraries bring to their communities.

We who love to read, love information and learning, love to gather together for knitting circles, preschool playgroups, and a host of other community events know that libraries are the heart, the center, of such activities.

I selected exterior photos for this presentation, since the variety of design reflects the wonderful variety of the communities themselves.  Some libraries are part of their school systems, some are owned by their township.  Some libraries are purpose-built, while others are creatively re-purposed buildings -- former residences, former grocery stores.  Each photo offers a link to more information about each library.