Erika Long, school librarian at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (TMMS) in Nashville, Tennessee, knows that giving students a space that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive helps them succeed in the library and beyond.

As a first year librarian at TMMS, Erika has grounded her work in the interpersonal relationships she has built with fellow teachers, administrators, and students.

Representation is one of her primary goals. She shares: “I was 34 years old the first time I could actually say, ‘That's me,’ in a book. Yes, I had read books by black authors before. Not a lot when I was growing up, but in the past years since I've become an adult, I have. But to actually say, ‘That character sounds just like me.’ That had never happened...


By Dian Schaffhauser, courtesy of Steam Universe

A public library is using a robot to teach kids and adults coding, among other job duties. Pepper, a new member of the crew at Carroll County Public Library in Maryland, is a "humanoid," a human-like robot, who can strike up a conversation, dance or tell a story. The humans around Pepper control "her" actions using Choregraphe, a drag-and-drop interface.


By Lashana Harney, courtesy of the Winchester Sun

The Clark County (KY) Public Library annual summer reading program has been the highlight for many people’s summers for years.

Renee Wallace, head of youth services at CCPL, said the library has been doing the summer reading program for as long as she can remember, and she’s been at CCPL for 16 years. But her children had participated in the program long before she worked there.

“So a long time,” Wallace said. “… I’m proud of the fact that we have a nine-week summer reading program, not every library can do that. And I’ve...


By Emily Udell, courtesy of American Libraries Magazine

A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released in December 2018 reviewed 22 studies estimating that more than 30% of college students face food insecurity amid the rising costs of higher education. The report estimates that there are nearly 2 million at-risk students—most often they are first-generation college students, low income, or single parents. A 2018 survey of college pantries by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, a research group at Temple...