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W. G. Rhea Public Library

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On June 1, 1902, the Friends of Reading established a fund to finance a library in Paris, Tennessee. The $1000 was donated by E. W. Grove a local philanthropist who donated money in 1906 to build the first High School for Paris, Tennessee citizens. On January 9, 1905, he donated $250 cash for the Paris Library Association. The local Sunday Schools of the Presbyterian, Christian, Methodist and Baptist Churches donated collections to fund the buying of books, the building of shelves and other expenses. Mrs. W. W. Farabough was the first volunteer to donate her time to the development of a library within the city. She visited the Cossitt Library at her own expense where she learned how to catalog books. She later taught Sue Fox who became the first librarian at $8 per month.

Prescott Gateway Branch Library

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On Sunday, June 7, Evelyn Howley and I visited the Prescott Gateway Branch Library. We traveled north on I-17 to exit 262. Then we continued west on Arizona 69 until we reached Lee Boulevard. We turned left there and then turned right at Gateway Boulevard. The library is just inside and to the right of the northeast entrance to the Mall by Sears.

Russian Libraries Up-Close

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In November 2007, I was honored to join a delegation of academic librarians on a nine day adventure to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The trip offered the opportunity to learn first-hand differences and similarities in the world of college and research libraries of our quite different countries. The trip, arranged by the organization People to People International (PTPI), was one of their many professional exchange trips around the world. PTPI, formed in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is today a non-profit headed by his grand-daughter Mary Eisenhower.

Check Out Sneezle Packs at River Forest Public Library

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Sue Quinn, Head of Children's Services describes the River Forest Public Library as a small town library serving a community where the library staff know many of the residents on a first name basis.  Serving around 12,000 residents, the River Forest Library is located approximately 10 miles west of Chicago. Their tag line is “Check out the World from Here”. 

Spotlight: Seattle Public Library

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What makes a library inspiring to its users? The key component is the relationship it builds with the people it serves. Seattle Public Library is a showcase for this attribute. In 2008, just in time to face what has become a global financial crisis, the library completed the 10-year “Libraries for All” campaign, which resulted in the construction of several new branches and improvements to every other library building.

General Mills Libraries

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General Mills headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to four libraries: the Betty Crocker Kitchen Cookbook Library, the Riverside Technical Center Library, the James Ford Bell Technical Center Library and the Business Information Center. The staff at these libraries took time out from their work (and taste testing samples) to answer a few questions from I Love Libraries about their work as special librarians in a food manufacturing company.

Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library hosts ‘Book It: The Party,’ the first in a series of after-hour events in the Central Library

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The Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library collaborated with local businesses and professional organizations to present “Book It: The Party” — a social event connecting busy people through friendship, food, drinks, games, and service. The Friends invited adults of all ages (but particularly 20- to 40-somethings) to Central Library on Thurs., April 1, 7 p.m., for an evening of fun, games, and prizes.

Designed to bring young professionals into the library and cultivate future leaders, “Book It: The Party” provided guests with an opportunity to meet new people, explore the Italian Renaissance Revival-style library that is the heart of the system, and give something back to the library and the city in which they live and work. More than 150 people attended. The hope is that this will be the first in a series of events geared toward young professionals.

Libraries that Give Back

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As the economy and holiday season tighten budgets, library customers can reduce their library fees while helping friends and neighbors that struggle to afford food.
Marion County Libraries will hold their “Food for Fines” campaign from Nov. 17 to Dec.15 to benefit local food banks during the holiday season.