by Valentina Rojas-Posada, courtesy of Columbia Daily Spectator

Students in the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership have teamed up with Barnard (NY) librarians to create a lending library for first-generation low-income students at the recently opened Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning.

The library, an extension of the lending library in Butler Library, currently holds close to 500 textbooks available to either be checked out for two hours or rented for an entire semester, and FLIP plans to continue to add more textbooks over the course of the semester. Students who identify as first-...

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by Dar Davis, courtesy of The Herald-Palladium

What was I thinking?

Last week at the Gilmore Car Museum library in Hickory Corners, northeast of Kalamazoo (MI), I was asking myself that question as I sat at a work table sorting through a box of old car brochures. For the past several weeks, I have been hopping into my Verano and driving the Buick eastward on I-94 for 70 miles two days a week to take up a residence at the library.

The reason being I have donated my collection of car brochures –...

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by Bianca Moorman, courtesy of the Meridian Star

Neshoba Central High (MS) students have been busy, crafting Native American necklaces in their school colors of red, white and blue.

For two weeks, students are learning about the history and culture of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians through storytelling, dancing, beading and cooking Choctaw food. The program is made possible through a grant from the NoVo Foundation, according to Rachel Kiepe, the school's library media specialist.  

Phyllis McMillan, a member of the...

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Libraries provide a wide range of free services to the public. But the cost isn’t free. And while tax dollars help, it is the work of Friends of the Library groups that supplements that source of revenue by backing individual programs, raising funds by holding book and bake sales and creating a strong reserve of volunteers. They also provide the foot soldiers when libraries go to referendum.

Their importance cannot be underestimated. Indeed, libraries seeking grant funds find it an advantage if they can show the support of Friends groups.  Each year, their efforts are honored during National Friends of Libraries Week. From Oct. 21-27, the 13th annual celebration will be held, and two Friends groups will receive $250 each in...

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Review of the Day


Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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