Why Public Libraries Matter

ny_library_ap_img_1There are more public libraries in America—some 9,000 central buildings and 7,500 branch locations—than McDonald’s restaurants, making them one of the most ubiquitous institutions in the nation.

Win $10,000 for Your Library’s Afterschool Program!


Does your library have after school activities for youth that focus on helping them improve academics skills like reading, writing, and critical thinking skills? You may be eligible for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.

To find out more, visit Afterschool Alliance website.

Applicants are due August 27th, so hurry!

September is Library Card time!


September is a good month to feature library card sign ups.  ALA has lots of ideas on how to make a great library card campaign here.

Your Library’s Very Own Little Free Library

If you’ve heard about the Little Free Library movement that’s springing up around the nation, you may have felt like it was competition for your own library. But, perhaps, you could think of it as a branch?

A number of libraries have created their own small libraries at locations outside the library walls, such as at the local pool or grocery store. These small collections work like the Little Free Libraries, with a take-one-leave-one honor system that allows community members to share books with one another and find something new to read even when the library is closed.

Small Circulation Library

The Lincolnwood Public Library District’s pool “library.”

Public libraries are calling these small collections anything from community book shelves to “share the love” collections and are building them out of donated books, extra copies of one-time bestsellers, and even weeded items. Since the whole process works on the honor system and requires no library cards, you can house the books anywhere, reach everyone, and earn some extra recognition for your library simply by placing a library logo somewhere on the shelf you use to store the books.

Rural libraries have much in common with each other–no matter where they are

Libraries Increase Access to Online Services in Myanmar


As Myanmar’s government ministries offer more comprehensive e-government services, rural communities have the most to gain because of their geographic isolation and limited resources.

But those communities tend to have limited access to technology and internet, and although some government information is currently available online at ministry websites, more usable and relevant e-government services have yet to kick in. Only a few ministries offer interactive services, like the Ministry of Commerce’s online applications for import and export licenses and the Ministry of Immigration’s e-visa services.

Read the whole story here:



Leading Your Library to Think Outside the Books

This is a pre-recorded webcast. You do not need any special software to view and listen, just a computer!


 Move a book shelf, question a timeworn policy, suggest a new program, and dare to overturn a sacred cow: These kinds of changes can happen at any library if initiative is rewarded. How can you create a library where everyone is interested in innovation and consistent improvement – even if means challenging longtime services and procedure?

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Talking to Babies = Early Learning

Text EL TipsAs librarians, we know that talking to young children, toddlers, and babies is good for their brains, but we need to make sure our patrons know! Resources for educating parents in your community on the importance of simply talking with and listening to their children can be found at:

Thirty Million Words from The University of Chicago Medicine, The Hemera Foundation, and the Center for Research Informatics
Babies Need Words Everyday from ALSC

If parents want early learning suggestions, recommend one of these free texting programs.

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten on the Go! Brooklyn Public Library’s early literacy/school readiness texting service that supports Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs.
  • Talking Is Teaching and Sesame Street have partnered with Text4Baby to launch the first national text-to-parents program supporting early literacy. Check out the website or text BABY to 511411.
  • Talk to Your Baby This collaboration between the New York City Children’s Cabinet, a multi-agency organization established by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the national organization Too Small to Fail utilizes text messaging to urge parents to talk, read, and sing to their babies from birth. Visit the website or text TALK to 877877.
  • NYC Department of Education’s Pre-K On the Go Parents can receive text messages about fun educational activities to do with pre-K children outside of school. See the website or text PREK to 877877.

(P.S. These texting options also a great resource for adding early literacy activities to storytimes and other library programs for preschoolers.) Text_bus

A Little Weeding Anyone?

I know, you’re crazy busy with Summer Reading, but look at those books that don’t circulate in the summer. There may be a good reason nobody wants to check out those  ratty books!

Created by  Dianne McKenzie, this visual guide to weeding nonfiction provides great tips on everyone’s favorite task. . .weeding.


Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough on the importance of librarians



NCKLS Programming Kits


031They’re fun!
They’re easy to use!
They’re free!




Want to learn more about the Programming Kits NCKLS circulates to libraries?

Sage Robin

Check out this short video: NCKLS Programming Kits.


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