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Treasures Found by Seafaring Librarians

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Ahoy! To manage an undergraduate library while sailing around the world, you will need your well-honed library skills and a bit of an adventurous spirit. In this article, the University of Virginia librarians who have belayed their traditional landlubbing librarian jobs and successfully navigated a semester at sea present their ideas on the value of embarking upon such an adventure.

Studying on a ship while sailing the globe—that’s Semester at Sea.

Answering reference questions while standing on steady sea legs—that’s a Semester at Sea librarian.

Behind the Wheel of a Bookmobile

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“Behind the Wheel of a Bookmobile” is a quixotic journey that will honor the place books have in our national consciousness. Authors Peter Laufer and Tom Corwin conceived this project.

It began with the whimsical idea of buying a vintage bookmobile, stocking it with donated books from publishers, and driving it cross-country through small towns, with well-known authors taking turns at the wheel. At each stop Corwin and Laufer hand out one book in exchange for an interview on the journey's thematic question - "Tell me about one book that has changed your life and how." A documentary film crew captures the stories.

The Wednesday Night Readers: “A Most Improbable Book Club”

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You may think a book club consists of a group of intelligent, intellectually curious adults discussing characterization, plot, motivation, and context. Project Read, San Francisco Public Library’s adult-literacy program, thinks so, too. Participating in a book club is exactly what the Wednesday Night Readers (WNR) do eleven times a year, even though some members of the group read at an elementary-school level. Our discussions produce a rich amalgam of poignancy, reflection, comradeship, and just plain fun.

Kenya Connections: For Two Connecticut Librarians, KenyaMeans More Than a Safari

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Can a electronic discussion list posting change your life? Audra Zimmermann thinks so. President and co-owner of the library consulting firm, The Donohue Group (DGI), Audra clearly remembers the day in May 2007 when she discovered a CLClist item about the American Friends of Kenya (AFK). The Norwich-based charity was looking for volunteers to work on library projects in that East Africa nation.

The Danville Public Library Spreads Literacy, Reading, and Opportunity to Ex-Offenders

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Many ex-offenders feel that “the system” has little to offer them except a strong likelihood that they will return to prison. The high rate of recidivism among former offenders would seem to bear out this fear. However, the Danville Public Library (DPL) is doing all that it can to assist ex-offenders in reconnecting to their communities by spreading literacy, encouraging reading, and offering referrals to the many services that are available to help them. This is the primary reason that DPL has set up the Institute of Information Literacy: not just to benefit ex-offenders, but also to help the underserved community in general. It is the moral duty of the public library to ensure that all of its customers are afforded the best and most accurate information for their advancement.

Library Road Trip

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The following blog entries were taken from photographer Robert Dawson's blog http://libraryroadtrip.wordpress.com. Photos reprinted with person of author. Photos within Yazoo City post taken by photographer Walker Dawson.

Join me and my son, Walker, as we drive across the country this summer photographing public libraries. Our trip will complete 17 years of field work documenting this precious American resource.

Can’t Afford a Prom Dress? Try the Local Library

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With its community facing tough economic times, the Galesburg Public Library has reached out by offering free prom dresses to teens who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

As a result of a the 100 Dresses Program launched by YA Librarian Kari Smith, more than two dozen local girls from four high schools recently chose from gently used evening dresses in all shades and sizes, donated from women's clubs, college students, and other high school kids. Some even walked away with matching accessories to wear on their big night, which takes place on April 25.

Get Connected to Health

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When Lexington Park Library patrons in St. Mary’s County visit their library not only can they get homework help, book recommendations, movie entertainment, and computer instruction at their branch, they can even get relief from a sore throat.

Thanks to “Get Connected to Health,” a mobile outreach service of St. Mary’s Hospital, uninsured, low income residents can receive primary medical care every Monday between 1 and 5 p.m. in the library parking lot.

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