By Steve Zalusky

What’s cooler than being cool? Having a library card, of course. That phrase refers to a promotional campaign featuring Snoopy, the 2015 Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, which takes place in September.

Snoopy is serving as a springboard for some very creative celebrations and cross promotions for this event, which highlights the free services you can receive just by holding a library card. It also reminds parents and children – during the month when back-to-school activities are at full throttle - that a library card is the most important school supply of all. A number of libraries are taking advantage of the fact that Snoopy, the world-famous beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip, is taking some...


by Claire Voon, courtesy of Hyperallergic

With the rise of e-books challenging public interest in printed matter, some community libraries have scaled down their collections while others are championing physical tomes through unexpected creative endeavors. This summer, micro-libraries will spring up in public spaces in Indianapolis as site-specific works of art, designed by a curated group of local artists.

Books will nestle in the hull of a boat-shaped shelf, line the interior of a wooden refrigerator, go mobile on a lego-covered bookcase atop a classic Radio Flyer red wagon, and fill the hollow interior of a large question mark. Developed by artist Rachel M. Simon, the Public Collection aims...


The Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library in Chicago’s northwest suburbs promotes citizenship training as well as English as a second language (ESL) courses. Schaumburg, home to several global corporations, attracts workers from around the world. As a result, the library found that citizenship training was very much in demand.

Pat Barch, literacy coordinator for the library, says, “Our American Dream project is really very important to us, because the library has been providing citizenship classes for about five years now.”

In recognition of the library’s five-year-long commitment to citizenship education, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services invited the library to host its third naturalization ceremony on September 20,...


David Lopez engages with his community, building bridges to underserved youth in Santa Ana, California.  It is an area dear to the librarian at the Santa Ana Public Library, since he was born and raised in the community – the often used phrase “giving back to the community” is embodied by Lopez’s example.
Sarah Rafael Garcia, his nominator for the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, said she has known Lopez since 2009, when he approached her to offer his skills and the resources of the Santa Ana Public Library to assist in the writing workshops Garcia provided for free over the summer to underserved youth through her non-profit Barrio Writers program.
It was the beginning of a connection continually renewed for...

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Oct. 2015. 304p. illus. Knopf, hardcover, $26.95 (9780385353618); Knopf, e-book (9780385353625). 797.2.
REVIEW. First published September 1, 2015 (Booklist). While Nyad has been a household name since 1975, when, at the age of 26, the swimmer famously circled the island of Manhattan (breaking the record by nearly an hour), and while the world was captivated by her successful completion—on her fifth attempt—of the nearly impossible, first-ever Cuba-to-Florida swim in 2013, at age 64, in just under 53 hours, casual observers might not fully comprehend the astonishing athleticism, force of will, and attention to detail she brought to bear until they finish this...