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Letters to the Children of Troy

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In March 1970, Marguerite Hart became the first children’s librarian at the Troy Library. She was hired to plan children’s activities and to develop a children’s collection for the booming youth population in the City. Hart was a native of Detroit. Before arriving in Troy, Hart was the children’s librarian at the Madison Heights Public Library for three years.

Hart possessed a passion for libraries and their role in communities. She was determined to provide children with proper library services. She once said:

Illinois Libraries Talk Sustainability / Green Literacy Gets Off to a Great Start

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Sixty librarians from around Illinois met at Chicago’s Field Museum October 22, 2010 to discuss how they could better help their communities go green. The workshop kicked off the Illinois Library Association’s year-long Go Green @ your Illinois Library program (, which aims to develop a group of librarians committed to environmental awareness.

“It’s about libraries holding the conversation in their communities about sustainability,” said Denise Raleigh, director of marketing, development, and communications at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. “Libraries already connect people to resources; this is about connecting people to each other.”

Love My Library Day in Caroll Gardens

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Friends of Carroll Gardens book sale draws hundreds of visitors.

The Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library hosted their first-ever book sale on "Love My Library Day" Saturday [May 14, 2011], and hundreds of readers big and small flocked to buy books at a discount, enjoy baked goods and support the Friends' efforts. The sale was held in the downstairs space of the library.

A performance by Karen K and the Jitterbugs started things off at 10 a.m., and guest readers included local author Emily Jenkins, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Cobble Hill Playgroup director Carol Troha and author and local resident Mari Takabayashi.

History Detectives: There would be no show without libraries

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PBS's show History Detectives kicked off its 9th Season this past June 21, 2011 on a new night (Tuesday) and a new time (8:00EST/7:00CST).

Series Producer, Jennifer Silverman took some time with I Love Libraries to share insights to how the show and each mystery comes together.  She also shares how libraries and librarians are almost as essential to the show itself as the origins of mysteries artifacts being solved.

Enterprising Alabama teen restocks Greensburg's library

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Though Greensburg has been visited by scores of individuals with greater clout and name recognition since its utter destruction by the May 4 tornado, none have come to Kiowa County in recent months with a greater sense of purpose than did 17-year-old Christopher Skrzypczak last Friday.

With his mother Sonja, two younger brothers and little sister, Skrzypczak traveled to Greensburg last week with a trailer full of books to help restock the town’s library. They left last Wednesday afternoon from their home in Enterprise, Alabama, site of an F-4 tornado last March 1 that killed eight of the teen’s fellow students as they huddled in a hallway just outside their classrooms.

A Library Changes a Town

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The sleepy town of Lamar, South Carolina was slowly dying. Businesses that had been there for generations were either moving away or just simply closing their doors. Stores, roads, and homes were beginning to have that run down look and feel that one might see in a ghost town out west. The community was becoming concerned; they didn’t want to lose their town to that little thing called “Indifference”. A school administrator along with these concerned citizens came together and organized the “Friends of the Lamar Library” group in the late 1990’s to help secure a larger facility. This group began raising funds to build a new building. This movement began a revitalization that would bring this little town back to life.

A Look At Second Life

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I love virtual libraries, the libraries that have sprouted up in three-dimensional virtual worlds such as Second Life, Active Worlds, Teen Second Life, and others. Like their bricks-and-mortar and web-based digital library cousins, virtual libraries offer information resources and services to patrons, but with some interesting twists.

IMLS Grant Will Help Libraries Help the Unemployed

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Job seekers have packed libraries around the country during recent months, searching online job sites, building resumes, taking interview classes, and making use of a wide range of other employment services and resources. More help is on the way. Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), WebJunction, the online learning community for library staff created by OCLC, a nonprofit library service and research organization; and the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) have launched a one-year initiative to gather and share best practices for providing library-based employment services and programs to the unemployed.

Baltimore Orioles Team Up with Maryland Libraries

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The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services announced the Statewide Summer Reading Kick-Off on Saturday, May 30 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This event marked the official opening of the 2009 Summer Reading Club themed, “Be Creative @ Your Library,” and has been celebrated in all Maryland public libraries. By registering for free at their local public library, children and teens from birth through high school participated in this program.

ASLCA/KLAS/NOD Award goes to Libraries and Autism: We're All Connected

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In April, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2009 winner of the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD award:  “Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected,” a remarkable project developed by Margaret Kolaya, director of the Scotch Plains Public Library, and Daniel Weiss, director of the Fanwood Memorial Library, both in New Jersey. The success of the video and web-based project is the result of the cooperative partnership the libraries have embraced over the past 4 years, and the contributions of many partners and participants. The award, sponsored by ASCLA, Keystone Systems, and the National Organization on Disability, recognizes a library for “an innovative and well-organized project which has successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities.”