Literacy

Award recognizes Montgomery's efforts

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When area libraries started offering computer classes geared toward job-related skills two years ago, organizers found many of the laid-off auto industry workers had never used computers.

"They really needed the basic computer skills," said Ruth Ann Montgomery, director of the Arrowhead Library System, which coordinates and expands services at Rock County libraries [in Janesville, WI].

The libraries since the late 1990s had offered computer classes, but when word hit that the area would be flooded with thousands of laid-off workers, Montgomery took action.

Egypt Pulls Internet Plug to Silence Dissent

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Egypt, a nation with a major internet economy, has pulled the plug on the World Wide Web in an apparent attempt to silence dissent. The Associated Press reported that at a half-hour past midnight in Egypt, January 28, the internet went dead. “Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule,” experts told AP.

The report goes on to say that “it’s unlikely that what’s happened in Egypt could happen in the United States because the U.S. has numerous internet providers and ways of connecting to the internet. Coordinating a simultaneous shutdown would be a massive undertaking. “It can’t happen here,” said Jim Cowie, the chief technology officer and a co-founder of Renesys, a network security firm in Manchester, New Hampshire, that studies internet disruptions. “How many people would you have to call to shut down the U.S. internet? Hundreds, thousands maybe? We have enough internet here that we can have our own internet. If you cut it off, that leads to a philosophical question: Who got cut off from the internet, us or the rest of the world?”

Harry Potter READs

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"Anything that gets kids into reading is fantastic,” says Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who recently posed for an ALA Celebrity READ poster along with his Potter costars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. ALA Graphics released the three posters just in time for the premiere of the first part of the last film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, on November 19. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) talked to American Libraries in August, shortly after the photo shoot for the poster.  Radcliffe’s upcoming roles include a film adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, a British ghost story, and a Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Book Blogger Profile: Steph the Bookworm

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College student, aspiring librarian and “nerd extraordinaire” (or so she says!), Stephanie Territo loves books.  So much so, in fact, that she launched a blog (http://stephthebookworm.blogspot.com/)  to showcase her clear skill for reviewing them. Since Stephanie’s favorite genres are “Contemporary fiction, literary fiction, women's fiction, suspense, chick-lit, memoir, YA, and horror,” there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy in her delightful blog.

We spotted her post “I Love Library”, a movie reference – not a typo! -  and knew we’d found a perfect match for our I Love Libraries readers and fans.  Stephanie graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us; about her life-long love of books and libraries, and her future as a librarian. Now, without any further ado, please enjoy getting to know Stephanie here – but don’t forget to check out her blog!

Filming Flipped: An Interview with Director Rob Reiner

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The feature film Flipped directed by Rob Reiner and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, opened in six cities (New York, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Indianapolis) August 27. Based on the 2001 YA novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, the film flips back and forth in showing the thoughts and feelings of two protagonists, 8th-graders Bryce and Juli (played by Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll) as they develop crushes on each other, though not exactly at the same time. Reiner first came to prominence playing Archie and Edith Bunker’s son-in-law on the TV sit-com All in the Family in 1971–1978 and has since directed a string of successful films, among them This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Stand By Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990), The American President (1995), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and The Bucket List (2007). In this interview, he shares his insights on books, writing film adaptations, and reading. American Libraries’ Senior Editor George Eberhart had an opportunity to view the film and talk to Reiner by phone August 23. 

Howe Library Looks Forward To Year-Round Sunday Hours

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The Great Recession has taken its toll on almost every aspect of American life. Libraries appear to have been particularly hard hit, with cities around the country closing library branches, laying off staff and cutting budgets to meet revenue shortfalls.

But Hanover's Howe Library (http://www.thehowe.org) is bucking that trend. Library officials announced this week that the Howe would increase its hours by staying open on summer Sundays, starting next year. Thanks to a gift from the late Leonard Morrissey and his family, the library will be open seven days a week, year 'round

Peace Corps in Libraries: Kherson Oblast Library for Children in Kherson, Ukraine

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Originally appeared in the May/June 2010 Issue of the PaLA Bulletin, a publication of the Pennsylvania Library Association (http://www.palibraries.org/ ).

Last July, Mary Garm forwarded an e-mail to me that she had received from a library in Ukraine. Mary was not sure it was legitimate but asked if I wanted to check it out. It turns out it was from an American Peace Corps volunteer named Deborah Garofalo working in the  Kherson Oblast Library for Children. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, I was intrigued. Most volunteers I knew worked as teachers or in the health education field, but not in libraries! I’m always up for an adventure so I e-mailed Debbie. I was curious how she came to be a volunteer in Ukraine – not usually a country one thinks of for the Peace Corps.

20 heroic librarians who save the world

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If information is power, then there's no hero mightier than a librarian. Librarians are superheroes, adventurers, explorers and invaluable guides to other heroes. Here are 20 amazing librarians who save the world every day!

As Spider Robinson writes in The Callahan Touch, "Mary Kay is one of the hidden masters of the world — a librarian. They control information. Don't ever make one angry." So here are 20 librarians who you shouldn't ever enrage— but who might be a lot of help if you're in a tight corner.

Interview with Super Librarian, Taryn Super

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What is your blog about and how did it get started?

As my blog subtitle says, it contains “book reviews and a celebration of all things book- and library-related.” I read and review books for children, young adults, and adults in a variety of genres and formats. I also post news about authors and anything library-related. I also write about my experiences with library school and work. Occasionally I’ll host book giveaways, too.

I had been reading book blogs for awhile, and wanted to join the community. I love being able to interact with other readers and share our love of books. I also thought that blogging would challenge me to read books outside of my comfort zone and learn more about new and upcoming titles. This has definitely come in handy while working the reference desk!

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