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…]

Chicago libraries host special events on National Readathon Day

Coffee BookThis Saturday, January 24th, is National Readathon Day, and Chicago area libraries are looking to host some exciting events, especially for their patrons.  The Readathon is a country-wide celebration of reading and a prime opportunity for libraries to reengage with their patrons.  Today, young people have so many other devices and platforms competing for their attention, that library going can get tossed by the wayside.  In Chicago, several branches are setting up opportunities to show their (even more) fun sides. [Read more…]

Libraries are hosting themed events for the holidays

Book GiftThe community hub that libraries provide is valuable at all times throughout the year, but holidays provide the context for some truly magical settings.  This is especially true around Christmas, and the library system in Rockingham County, North Carolina, is planning some literal holiday magic for its patrons. [Read more…]

MIT appoints new director of libraries

StudyingThe league of schools within which MIT, Stanford, and others like them exist is an exclusive one to be sure. It represents the upper echelon of traditional academia. Part of the challenge of maintaining this image means hiring nothing but the best staff and faculty to ensure that the institution continues to move forward and upward. This past Friday, MIT took that step in appointing a new director of its massive library system. [Read more…]

New library in San Diego gets a new director

ApprovedSan Diego, as many other cities, is looking to bring its library system into the 21st century.  Of course, that’s no easy task when the very definition of the technological cutting edge – in the library world and in every other sector – changes from day to day.  Rapid advancements in both the needs of community users and the services that libraries can provide have driven rapid turnover within the past decade. [Read more…]

Detroit gets its first Little Free Library

Book GiftEver heard of a Little Free Library?  If not, you’ve probably seen one as you’ve driven or walked around. They are probably the world’s smallest libraries.  In fact, there are over 20,000 of them worldwide now, with a high concentration of them located in the US. These “little free libraries” function as the name implies; they’re basically oversized mailboxes – though usually decorated or built out of nice wood – that have a couple of shelves for books on them. [Read more…]