by Joe Bowen, courtesy of Duluth News Tribune

A call to action by a former Minnesota senator has inundated a Leech Lake tribal school.

Al Franken, the former comedian-turned-U.S. senator, asked the internet last week to donate books and cash to Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School’s secondary school library. By Friday afternoon, May 3, school -- and UPS -- workers estimated they’ve received about 1,800 packages of books, plus $75,000 via a GoFundMe campaign Franken highlighted.


by Claire Ochroch, courtesy of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Housed in an Italian revivalist building in Old City, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia (PA) features an ornate, high-ceiling reading room filled with an extensive collection of maps, photographs, and architectural drawings on Philadelphia's history.

In February 2019, Penn Libraries entered into a partnership with the Athenaeum, granting students access to its vast historical resources. The partnership came about because the Athenaeum needed to update its library management system and Penn Libraries offered to put the Athenaeum's objects into its recently-updated system,...


by Peter Salter, courtesy Lincoln Journal Star

Days after the Lincoln (NE) woman took a recipe book back to the Lincoln library on Superior Street, she received something in return.

A letter, and a cause for alarm.  “On 11/28/18, library staff discovered evidence of bed bugs in an item you returned to Eiseley Branch Library,” it began.

The letter instructed her to seal her remaining library items in plastic bags and return them to the counter for inspection. And it...


Library director
Whitehall Public Library
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For Paula there is nothing more rewarding than being a librarian

Paula promotes equity and inclusion through her work with underserved populations, particularly immigrants and refugees. One community leader proclaimed, “America needs more Paulas.”

Every month, the library sends a bus to pick up immigrant families to bring them to the library where they can check out materials and socialize. For many displaced Bhutanese families, these visits are important trips to engage with their community and avoid social isolation. Paula also...