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Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to Receive National Medal for Museum and Library Service Today in White House Ceremony Celebration Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Impact of Ohio Libraries

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WASHINGTON (May 8, 2013) - This afternoon, in a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Kimber Fender, The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, and community member Amina Tuki will accept the National Medal.

From burning to learning: looking at banned books in the McMaster library archives

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HAMILTON (CUP) — The McMaster Libraries Archives is more than just a museum for books. Their collection includes original works that once provoked mass outrage and book burnings.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the Freedom of Expression Committee that runs this year from Feb. 24 to March 2. The week was initially founded as a result of attacks on Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women in 1978.

Celebrate the best teen reading of 2012 with YALSA’s Best of the Best

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CHICAGO — Librarians, library workers, educators, parents, teens and other young adult literature enthusiasts looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s Best of the Best website.  In addition to lists of YALSA’s awards and top ten lists, the Best of the Best homepage includes promotional tools featuring the award-winning 2012 books.

How Does Your Library Connect the Old with the New?

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Here at SAGE, we are constantly inspired by the efforts of library professionals as we endeavor to invent new ways to connect the old with the new in the world of scholarly publishing. With our recent acquisition of Adam Matthew, a publisher and digitizer of primary resource collections from medieval family life to 20th century history, merging past and present is at the forefront of our minds. That’s why we’re inviting you to show us how your organization is successfully taking fresh approaches to old tasks

ALA Annual 2012: Artist Alley Interviews

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This year’s ALA Annual Conference once again featured Artist Alley in the conference exhibition hall. In its second year, the Alley was bigger and better and attendees had the chance to meet the artists and illustrators who create or illustrate comics, games, graphic novels, and books.

Check out the interviews below to hear the artists talk about what inspires their work and their involvement with libraries.

Top Ten Challenged books, 2001 - Sneak Peak

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Get a sneak peak of American Libraries Direct feature Top Ten Challenged books, 2001-

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. See The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. Celebrate Banned Books Week in the fall.

Middle School Students Host Spring Plant Sale To Save Their School Library

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On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the Hughes Middle School Green Team and Green Lab Urban Farm held a spring Plant Sale to raise funds to keep a full-time school library at Hughes Middle School from 9am to 3pm. Due to severe budget cuts the library is currently scheduled for 50% closure.

The sale featured herb and vegetable plants of all varieties, including tomatoes, basils, lettuces, peppers, eggplants, chards, beans, squashes, cucumbers, and many more edible summer favorites! Shoppers were able to hand pick their own plants or purchase ready-to-go garden flats complete with a perfect selection of herbs, veggies, and annual flowers. Also on sale were many hearty “California Friendly” perennials that thrive in our local climate.

Announcing the Winner of the Great Librarian Write-out!!

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Today, after a long year of spectacular writing from a number of amazing articles submitted from around the country, we are proud to be announcing the winner of the Great Librarian Write-out!

Before we do though, I would like to take a second and talk about a couple of honorable mentions. The most wonderful Justin Hoenke made the comment that we should give the award to the Men-Of-The-Stacks calendar and I would like to say that I think this was an amazing project that made a good impact. It was fun, a little saucy, edgy, and definitely got the word out about an aspect of libraries.

Nicholas Spillios receives first Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Award

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The ALA Retired Members Roundtable (RMRT) is pleased to announce that Nicholas Spillios has been chosen as the first RMRT member to receive the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award. The $1,000 Award, sponsored by Scarecrow Press, was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Dr. Norman Horrocks, who contributed to ALA throughout his life and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee that worked to establish the RMRT. The travel grant will help retired members of the RMRT to defray the costs of attending an ALA Conference.

Taco for your thoughts? That’s what Murray Library is offering

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Murray Library wants to give you a taco. Or a burrito. Or whatever entices you on Chipotle’s menu. And all you’ve got to do is write a review about something on the library’s shelves.

Simply write 150-200 words about a favorite — or not-so-favorite — book or DVD at the Murray Library and you could be rewarded with a coupon for a free meal at Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The program represents a more modern era at Murray Library in which library-goers can more readily share information and make their voices heard, according to marketing coordinator Carole Cannon.

“Patron reviews” now will be featured on the library’s blog — — under the writer’s name and the title “guest blogger,” alongside reviews written by library staffers.