Mt. Clemens Public Library celebrates 150th birthday

Book GiftWhile the modern day concept of a library has undergone several evolutions in the last couple of decades alone, the core concept of libraries as a place of knowledge and learning has existed in societies around the world for a very long time.  In the U.S., a country just under two and a half centuries old, we don’t have any ancient libraries, but we do have some impressive milestones of our own, nonetheless. [Read more…]

University of Iowa libraries help restore NCSML artifacts & manuscripts

UniversityIn 2008, Cedar Rapids experienced flooding that far and away exceeded the weather predictions residents had been given.  Experts predicted that the city would receive as much as two feet of flooding in certain areas.  Unfortunately for the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library, they ended up with eight feet.  In an effort to protect their assets, the library staff had removed all books, manuscripts, and other materials from the bottom three feet of library storage.  Obviously, it wasn’t enough, and the damage that ensued was devastating.  Over $11 million in damage was incurred, and, needless to say, the staff was absolutely devastated. [Read more…]

Virginia looks to showcase libraries as community cornerstones

Kids LibraryLibraries serve their communities in so many ways that it’s hard to actually appreciate all that they do.  These days, technology has meant that that assistance has expanded even further, and libraries fill an even more diverse set of needs than before.  Rarely, however, are libraries appreciated like they should be, and certain districts in Virginia are setting out to actively change that. [Read more…]

NY preschool students to receive daycare libraries

Book GiftWhen it comes to early childcare and education, there are a large variety of the items and methods of care and teaching you’ll find in daycares and preschools, which can, in turn, often become interchangeable terms. In general, these programs serve as the springboard for the learning that will be administered in early education. Still, most programs are heaped with a healthy dose of playtime that can sometimes overshadow educational elements. The best programs, however, learn to incorporate the two into each other, and that’s exactly what the non-profit Books for Kids is hoping to do in New York. [Read more…]

Sorority helps libraries celebrate Women’s History Month

TrophyThis March, the Theta Epsilon chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority will continue their tradition of bringing some powerful female flair to the children’s and young adult sections of their local libraries. The donated books highlight female achievements in history and powerful figures the sorority deems as role models. Some of the books aren’t necessarily historical, either, but simply feature strong female lead characters. [Read more…]

Detroit libraries have less tax forms available than usual

TaxesWhen spring time rolls around each year, American taxpayers start to work on preparing their tax filings for the previous year.  They dig out saved receipts, imagine what they might do if they anticipate a tax refund, and gather the appropriate forms.  Unfortunately for those in the Detroit Metro area, libraries this year won’t be able to hand out as many forms as they have in the past.  Due to budget cuts within the IRS, the agency is sending out fewer forms this year to neighborhood libraries. [Read more…]

LA libraries to offer illegal immigrants advice on obtaining citizenship

IdentificationPresident Obama’s executive action on legalizing millions of illegal immigrants is certainly controversial and is currently being challenged in our court system.  That hasn’t stopped several organizations from trying to help illegal immigrants navigate the complex situation they are in.  Many people that are in the country illegally now have the opportunity to obtain legal status and potentially even apply for citizenship.  Unfortunately, the process is lengthy and complex and most illegals don’t know where to start or what their options are.   This issue is especially pressing in certain regions where illegal immigration is high. [Read more…]

You can now check out seeds from New York libraries

EcoThere have been plenty of stories in the past couple of years about the interesting ways in which libraries are trying to bring new utility to their communities.  This one might just top the list in its uniqueness, however:  The Chemung County Library District in Ney York state has started offering gardeners the opportunity to “check out” seeds from the libraries themselves. [Read more…]