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Transforming Lives Through Partnerships: Libraries are uniquely positioned to serve new immigrants and other adult English-language learners.

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Library staff at the Wood County District Public Library reached out to local ESL teachers to ask what materials it should purchase with funds from the American Dream Starts @ your library grant.

Live at Your Library!

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It’s hard to miss the ever-growing enthusiasm for the “buy local” movement. People want locally grown food, locally made handicrafts, locally created products. Now is the best time for libraries to join that movement and provide space in their collections for local content, particularly local music. These collections are a plus for libraries in terms of economics, partnerships, and plugging libraries into the local creative “scene.”

Library as a Starting Point to Revitalize Tz’utujil Language

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Located in the heart of the town of San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala, the Community Library Rija'tzuul Na'ooj regularly buzzes with activity. In one corner of the library, a new area provides a space for schoolchildren to partake in educational games. On the other side of the main room, younger children listen attentively as a volunteer reads aloud during storytime. And once a week, an elder resident of the community sits down with teenagers to share a little bit of his or her wisdom attained throughout a lifetime.

Libraries Weather the Superstorm

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Beyond temporary power outages and minor wind and water damage, libraries along the Atlantic coast weathered Superstorm Sandy fairly well, considering all the flooding and destruction inflicted on homes and businesses. Although some areas of central New Jersey were still without power six days after the storm, many public libraries in affected states were powered up and serving as community support centers for residents without electricity, internet access, or heat.

Hasbrouck Heights Library staying with the times and keeping up with technology

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Hasbrouck Heights Library Director Mimi Hui is working with the community and keeping up with technology that has the library constantly transforming and trying to shake the stigma of it being just a place for books.

The Hasbrouck Heights library, located upstairs in the municipal building on the Boulevard, has been a staple in the community for residents of any age and a safe haven for parents and children this summer with their programs and guest authors