Promotions, Awards

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.

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.

Learn Create Share @ your library this Teen Tech Week™

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At thousands of libraries across the United States, teens can log onto computers to complete research for homework or use software to make videos about their favorite books. Libraries offer free access to technology for learning or for fun in a safe environment. In a world where communication is instant and technology changes rapidly, developing solid information literacy skills is more important than ever. Librarians and libraries play an important role in fostering those skills for teens.

Teen Tech Week™, a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and held March 7-13, highlights the technology available to teens at libraries and that librarians are qualified, trusted information professionals who provide guidance and instruction to teens and their families. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, online homework help, video games, and more.

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.