Libraries all around the country are in need of funding, and here’s how one city is making it happen. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to helping libraries provide much-needed internet access to their patrons in the U.S. and over a dozen countries around the world. For more information, please see the Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study, published by the American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics.
Marilu Estrada thinks about a time when she no longer works third shift, part of the clean-up crew at a factory. She wants to spend more time with her three kids, the youngest of whom is only a few months old. But without a high school diploma, Estrada’s job options are—not surprisingly—slim. Last summer, the Waukegan mom decided to enroll in the free Family Literacy program offered through the Waukegan Public Library and its literacy partners.
The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, located at 361 West Chestnut in Chicago supports a mission “to prepare students to fulfill their career aspirations and to meet the needs of the food-service industry through quality culinary, pastry arts, hospitality and general education curriculums of higher education.”
On January 10, 2009 the Butler Children’s Literature Center was dedicated at Dominican University. Invited to be part of the dedication was Jon Scieszka, author of notable children’s books such as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Caldecott honor book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Administered by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the Butler Children’s Literature Center is located in the Rebecca Crown Library at the University’s main campus at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, Illinois.
When jobs go away, Americans turn to their libraries to find information about future employment or educational opportunities. This library usage trend and others are detailed in the 2010 State of America’s Libraries report, released today by the American Library Association. The report shows that Americans have turned to their libraries in larger numbers in recent years.
Since the recession took hold in December 2007, the local library, a traditional source of free access to books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs, has become a lifeline, offering technology training and workshops on topics that ranged from résumé-writing to job-interview skills.
Bookmobiles provide library service for children, older adults and ethnic communities all of whom either can’t travel to a bricks and mortar library or are unacquainted with the services a library offers. Bookmobiles are over a century old and began in the days of horse drawn carriages and nickelodeon theaters and well before computers, televisions or even home radios. Bookmobiles are the cheapest and easiest expansion a library system can ever make, without the expense or permanence of a building. Finally, bookmobiles can save library patrons gas money and help the environment, especially those Bookmobiles that run on biodiesel or have solar panels to illuminate the cabin or power the computers.
Liam Jose, Gabe Murrell and La’Quan Deen were crowned WrestleMania Reading Challenge world champions in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge on March 27, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and World Wrestling Entertainment®, with support from Mattel and DK Publishing. As champions, Murrell, Jose and Deen won ringside seats to WrestleMania XVI at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Twenty-one regional winners in grades 5–12 from across the United States and Canada came to Phoenix as the guests of World Wrestling Entertainment. The national finals took place at the Phoenix’s Burton Barr Library the day before WrestleMania XVI. WrestleMania Reading Challenge spokespeople WWE Superstars John Morrison and Kofi Kingston and WWE Divas the Bella Twins hosted the finals competition. Nationally known teen author Will Weaver served as judge.
Dr. Camila Alire, During the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., 2009 – 2010 ALA President, discussed the state of America’s Libraries with PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown at the American Library Assn.’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., this past June. Dr. Alire detailed the many challenges facing libraries right now including budget, service, and resources cuts and how they are affecting communities and users.
If you happen to be in the Washington, D.C. area on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and love libraries, please be sure to stop by the American Library Association’s (ALA) booth at the 10th annual National Book Festival organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress.