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Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

From the American Library Association:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has announced the 24 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library. The 24 participants make up the second cohort of the project.

The participants are:

  • Bartz, Vicky. Ortonville (Minnesota) Public Library
  • Bauer, Mary. Cedaredge (Colorado) Public Library
  • Bundy, Amanda. Kaibab Paiute Tribal Library; Fredonia, AZ
  • Burley, Linda. Burley (Idaho) Public Library
  • Chalman, Kate. Charles Ralph Holland Public Library; Gainsboro, TN
  • Crawford, Claire. Geneseo (Illinois) Public Library
  • Deck, Todd. Tahama County Library; Red Bluff, CA
  • DeHoff, Lois. John R Wooden Middle School; Martinsville, ID
  • Dickerson, Heather. Lewis and Clark Library; Lincoln, MT
  • Durbin, Cynthia. Cascade (Idaho) Public Library
  • Fee, Jay. Keene (New Hampshire) Public Library
  • Gillum, Holly. Ashley Public Library; Hamburg, AR
  • Heideman, Ann. Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Library; Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Hollingsworth, Erin. Tuzzy Consortium Library; Barrow, AK
  • Hutchinson, Bailee. Bolivar- Hardeman County Library; Bolivar, TN
  • Kesseler, Nisa. Petosky (Michigan) District Library
  • Kunnerup, Carol. Mott (North Dakota) Public Library
  • Lancaster, Abby. Lincoln County Library System; Afton, WY
  • Mayfield, Pattie. Bertha Voyer Library; Honey Grove, TX
  • McCann, Robin. Perry Middle School; Perry, OH
  • Shimek, Allison. Fayette Public Library; LaGrange, TX
  • Simpson, Sherry. Dover (Arkansas) Public Library
  • Walker, Keri. St. James Parish Library; Vacherie, LA
  • Wickham, Meredith. J Elliot McMullin Public Library; Newton, MS

“I’m excited to see how the library staff in Cohort 2 partner with community organizations to transform library services for and with middle school students in their small, rural, and tribal communities,” said YALSA President Sandra Hughes-Hassell. “Enabling teens to not only explore their passions, but to develop career and college ready skills, is critical to teens’ personal growth, academic success, and career development – a key component of YALSA’s vision for 21st century public library services.” Continue reading Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

Learning About Library Associations: Public Library Association (PLA)

Library science is an enormous field, home to every interest you could imagine! This means that there are many organizations out there for you to join, in order to connect with other people who share your professional interests.

So even if you work alone in your library, there are other people out there doing work similar to yours! Each week we will highlight a different library association for you to learn more about, and depending on your work, potentially join! You can also check out our page dedicated to Library Associations.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of ALA “dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals.” According to their website, PLA was founded in 1944 and has a growing presence around the world. They offer opportunities like continuing education and conferences for public library workers to network and grow their skills.

Visit their site to find out about their award and grant opportunities, some of which are currently accepting nominations! You can also explore their Publications and Resources page which provides access to a number of services to help public library staff in their job tasks and challenges.

Finally, you can check out PLA’s FAQ page or read their mission and goals to learn more about the association.

 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month! As library people, we probably know most of the wonderful benefits of having a library card, but not everyone is aware of all the great things that become available with a library card!

Library Card Sign Up Month began in 1988. For more about the event’s history, read a thoroughly-detailed accounting in the August 24, 2015 entry at the American Library Association Archives Blog, A Library Card for Every Child: Library Card Sign-Up Month, by Cara Bertram. Then follow this link to view the American Libraries Association Council Resolution that started Library Card Sign Up Month.

ALA has some great resources you can use this month, including this press kit that has resources like this downloadable pdf containing twenty quotable facts about libraries. And I Love Libraries.org has this great list of ways to celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month!

Finally, watch and share this short video from Overdrive that details all the benefits of having a library card:

2017 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Nashville Public Library, TN

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“In the scope of its programs, services, and collections; the incredible reach of its efforts in cooperation with other public agencies, departments, and local businesses; and its work to identify and fulfill needs of both the mainstream and marginalized people of Nashville and Davidson County, the Nashville Public Library (NPL), the Gale/LJ 2017 Library of the Year, is a model for the nation and the world.”

“NPL is a champion of diversity and inclusiveness and a literacy gladiator,” writes award judge Gina Millsap, director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, KS, winner of this award in 2016. “Its culturally diverse programs and centers; its openness and hospitality that welcomes everyone, especially people who are marginalized, struggling, new to the community and this country, and its fierce determination to facilitate literacy and learning throughout the community…are inspiring.”

Education partner

NPL’s broad engagement with the local school system is unique in the United States. For example, NPL’s early reading outreach program Bringing Books to Life (BBTL) aims to elevate student third grade reading skills, one of the most important predictors of student success.

NPL educators deliver pre-K reading workshops across Nashville for teachers, parents, caregivers, and families, on weekends and evenings, in English and Spanish. Participants get supplies and tips for easy activities to incorporate reading, singing, writing, talking, and playing into their classrooms and homes. Continue reading 2017 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Nashville Public Library, TN

Day Ten of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Parking lots may seem boring, but as we know about libraries already: there is always the opportunity for something wonderful!

The Kansas City, KS Public Library is home to the most interesting parking garage I’ve ever seen! I was on a library research trip a few years ago, and this was one of the libraries I visited. (It’s great, by the way – definitely worth a trip!) But I didn’t know about this feature, so it was a fantastic surprise!

Library District Parking Garage

The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of Kansas City’s downtown. It runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 spines which list 42 titles, reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees. Their final selection was made on March 16, 2004. The bookshelf was completed between March and the fall of 2004.”