by Jamie LaRue, courtesy of American Libraries

In 1990, when it was ranked one of the worst libraries in Colorado—open only four days per week, the lowest number of books per capita, minimal reference, and no children’s services—Douglas County Libraries (DCL) won 66% of the votes in an election to create a better-funded, independent library district.

By 2007 (and after I had served as DCL director for 16 years), 84% of households in the county had an active library card. Its annual circulation per capita was 27, and gate counts exceeded those of any local business by a wide margin. In June 2009, right after DCL decided to go back to...

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by Robert Berlin, courtesy of The Daily Times

Every Tuesday evening, a small corner of the Blount County Public Library (TN) turns into a land of fantasy, dragons, enemies and magic for a group of more than a dozen young Dungeons and Dragons enthusiasts and adult gamers.

First published in 1974, Dungeons and Dragons was developed as a fantasy tabletop role-playing game where each player is assigned a specific character to play. The characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting refereed by a...

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by Drew C. Wilson, courtesy of The Wilson Times

Tuesday evening STEAM programs at the Wilson County Public Library (NC) are gaining popularity with area families.

The brain-building activities have been going on since May and are paid for with a 2017 grant from the Library Services and Technology Act. The federal portion was $44,343, plus $11,090 in local funds, for a total of more than $55,000 to create a CrAFT studio emphasizing robotics, coding, crafts, electronics and more.

The goal of the grant was to build a space in the library that focused on activities in science, technology,...

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Actress, singer and model Zoë Kravitz stars in two new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the American Library Association, promoting the magical power of libraries. In the PSAs, Kravitz, who appears in the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” urges the public to visit libraries to discover and experience new worlds through literature and resources such as eBooks, games and 3D printers.

In addition, Kravitz is featured in a new READ® poster, which can be purchased at the ALA Store. Kravitz was named one of “Variety’s” 10 Actors to Watch and on “Forbes” 30 Under...

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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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