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ALA Student Members at ECU Share Gift of Literacy

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In the few, busy weeks leading up to Christmas 2009, students in East Carolina University’s Master of Library Science department gathered more than 12,000 books and materials to donate to homeless shelters, children’s homes, after-school programs, women’s shelters and a nursing home in eight North Carolina communities.

This was students’ fourth year participating in the ECU-ALA Student Chapter Holiday Book Drive in which library science students – inspired by the idea of giving the gift of literacy – collect gently used books from friends, co-workers, students and their families, and from their own collections at home, to share with children and adults in need. The 2009 book drive netted nearly four times as many books as the previous three years combined.

ALA Haiti Relief Fund reaches $25,000; more needed

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Thanks to recent donations from individuals and groups such as the Cub Scout Pack 77 of Ridgewood, N. J., the Staff Organization of the Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Public Library and the Library Association of the City University of New York, the American Library Association has raised more than $25,000 to help rebuild libraries in Haiti.

DuSable Museum of African American History

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The DuSable Museum of African American History  is the oldest major African American self-governing museum designated to collect, interpret and preserve the achievements, experiences and history of African Americans.  It is the only independent institution in Chicago established for this purpose.  Being located in Chicago, one of the greatest migration centers for African Americans since the turn of the last century has given the DuSable Museum the unique position of receiving largely private donations ranging from one item to entire collections. The museum’s 40 plus year history of collecting and exhibiting art and artifacts by and about people of the African Diaspora and mother continent places it in a position of connoisseurship.

Guilderland Public Library hosts ‘Baby Palooza’

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Held on a Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Baby Palooza drew more than 150 attendees and 34 exhibitors. Events included a signing story-time, Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga, prenatal yoga, a workshop on protecting your family from household hazards, baby mas¬sage, and lactation consultations. Baby Palooza attendees were given a folder with an exhibit room floor plan, event schedule, library information, book lists, and coupons. A raffle was held, featuring more than 30 donated items, including grocery gift cards, local salon gift certificates, and picture packages.

Queens Library at East Elmhurst: A Neighborhood That’s Alive with Jazz and More

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“The community is what makes this library special,” says Community Library Manager Johnnie O. Dent, who has worked for East Elmhurst for nearly 20 years. “I’m connected with the people in the community, because I live here myself. And when they see me, they think ‘library.’” Dent prides herself on her personal interaction with library custom­ers, saying, “I like to convince people to get library cards, and I make sure they’re leaving with materials.”

Heart of America Foundation

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The Heart of America Foundation® (HOA), a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., uniquely promotes volunteer service and literacy. The organization inspires acts of service and a love of reading by building community and providing children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, HOA engages volunteers through putting books into the hands of children who need them the most. Through the Books From The Heart® and READesign® programs, HOA revitalizes school libraries and reading spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning that become the heart of a school. Since 1997, HOA has provided children living in poverty with over 2,300,000 library and take-home books. And, the organization has engaged volunteers in more than one million hours of service to communities nationwide.

Everett Public Library & Library Place Apartments

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Everett, WA with a population a little over 100,000, located about 25 miles north of Seattle has a love story to tell between its local library and the community. Within the downtown area which is slowly recovering from the impact of the economy, one finds a place where the library is the heart of the community. A unique relationship has formed out of the revitalization of this town between the library and a local real estate company, which if you're a library lover after reading this story you might discover that this is a place you want to call home.

Spotlight on: Friends of the Mott Library

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The Friends of the Mott Library at Mott Community College (MCC) in Flint, Mich., helps promote library services through active fundraising. A variety of fundraising activities over the years have included book sales, murder mystery dinners, a fashion show, art auctions, silent auctions, and art gallery visits. Each of these fundraising activities returns a percentage of the sales to the Friends.

While these fundraising efforts go a long way to support the library by providing books for special collections and other equipment to support library services to students, the MCC Friends group works hard to maintain an active membership who helps meet budgetary needs. The MCC Friends members as well as the MCC Friends board members work together to make the group successful.

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