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Why the Library Rules in the Summer

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School achievement test scores sink after summer vacation. How do I know this? It's a little something I learned at the library. Well, not at the library. I was actually sitting in a chair in my living room and I did a quick search of a database, where I found a review of 39 studies that showed kids' brains went a little soft after summer break.

This summer, I plan to let our library's summer reading program come to the rescue of my 5-year-old, who's about to finish kindergarten. She worked really hard to learn to read and comprehend stories, and I don't want her to lose those skills. I also know she'll like the prizes. (In years past, they've offered tickets to our local WNBA team's games.)

Dino Visitors

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A pair of visitors spent most of last week at the Richfield Public Library

The Bureau of Land Management loaned casts of two animals from the age of the dinosaurs. One was a Diabloceratops, a relation of the Triceratops, whose species and skull were discovered in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2002.

6 Delightful Pop-up Libraries

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The summer season is nearly upon us, and relaxing in a hammock or on the beach with a good book sounds delightful. Sure you could download a bestseller onto your Kindle, but libraries are all the rage right now. Swing by one of these pop-up libraries to grab a new book and leave one behind for the next person. These little book-lending outposts aren't as formal as their state-run counterparts, but you'll be sure to find an interesting read. If you're feeling ambitious, you could even check out our favorites and start a pop-up library in your own local community!

Delaware entrepreneurs gather in Wilmington

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On February 25, supporters of small business attended a conference to share tools to help emerging ventures succeed and established ones boost profitability.

All who participated in the fifth annual Delaware Entrepreneurial Conference had the chance to network, visit booths of groups and businesses offering a variety of services and get information about the increasingly significant impact of social media.

ALTAFF presents 2012 Public Service Award to Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ)

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The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), presented the 2012 Public Service Award to Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) at the Dirksen Senate Office Building during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington, D.C., on April 23.

Public Libraries Around the World

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You might think that public libraries are only found in cities and suburban communities in developed countries, but take one look at this map (PDF) and you’ll realize that they actually exist in many developing countries too. In Kenya: 58 libraries. In Peru: 729. In Indonesia: 1,598 public libraries.

What are all these libraries doing? In many cases, they are addressing their community’s development goals: supporting entrepreneurs in Vietnam, providing vital health information in Nepal and Kenya, or helping their citizens to be engaged, informed, and involved in Honduras and Romania. Wherever they are, libraries drive development.

Underused synagogue libraries speak volume

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Many of their own congregants may not realize it, but Cleveland’s synagogues that have their own religious schools contain more than sanctuaries, social halls and classrooms. Many also boast libraries containing an astonishing wealth of material. Filling their shelves are the newest fiction and nonfiction, updated Jewish research collections, current periodicals and newspapers, and a substantial audiovisual collection.

Despite this “treasure-trove of material,” as B’nai Jeshurun Congregation librarian Dr. R. Raphael Simon calls it, synagogue libraries across the board are underused by their congregants and community members. “Our library usage is just adequate – there is plenty of room for more people to access our material and the hidden gems we have,” Simon said.

Archiving America: Ken Burns

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“We’re so excited to be here at ALA and share with our peeps the most important work we’ve done,” said Ken Burns when I finally made my way into his busy schedule at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Washington in 2007. It had been especially important to me that Burns speak that year because his latest documentary film, The War, was about to be released and we could preview it at the conference. His reputation as America’s finest documentary filmmaker had already been established with films such as Baseball, Jazz, and Unforgivable Blackness, which had aired on public television. It was, however, the research, as opposed to the final product, that intrigued me. Burns would surely have much to say about the reading and research inthe libraries and archives that preceded the production of these great films.

O Sister Library, Where Art Thou?

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"Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.” —Carol Saline and Sharon J. Wohlmuth, coauthors of Sisters (Running Press, 2004)

What if libraries, like sisters, could be there for one another? What if public libraries with more resources partnered with underfunded ones to help them reach their fullest potential? Across the country, our libraries are only as strong as our weakest links. In many cases, our weakest links are libraries adequate resources—often, but not always, in rural areas. A new model for enhancing library services in these more vulnerable areas is emerging in Kentucky, a state with libraries at both ends of the economic spectrum.

Yankees Manager Pitching In For Harrison

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Four-time World Series champion and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will attend a charity event at the Harrison Library on Jan. 29.

During a casual meeting last Halloween, as members of the Harrison Public Library Foundation (HPLF) discussed ways to build donations to renovate the downtown library, opportunity literally knocked on the door.

As committee member Ross Halperin welcomed a group of trick-or-treaters, he spotted none other than New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi.

"We were standing there, and (Ross) said 'I think that's Joe Girardi standing in my driveway'," said Nancy Rieger, who is also on the HPLF committee. "It was so funny, we were just talking about him."