Prom this spring might be more affordable for area high school girls who shop for their dress at the Union County Public Library.  The library [accepted] gently worn evening dresses for its consignment sale, said staff member Nicki Hertel. The gowns [were] sold from 9 a.m. to noon March 19 and 26 at the library.The sale is open to anyone who wants a low-cost prom dress, Hertel said. Those consigning dresses to the sale may set their own prices and 10 percent of the price goes to the Union County Friends of the Library, staff member Brittany Hudson said. Dresses can be donated instead of consigned, she said. READ MORE
Brad Rutter, all-time money-winning champion of ‘Jeopardy!’ along with fellow champion Ken Jennings, faced off in a three-day competition against IBM’s new super computer,’ Watson’. As predicted, Watson took the first-place honors, while the two human competitors finished in his wake. All competitors, however, earned handsome prize monies that will benefit charitable organizations of their choice. Rutter‘s earnings during the event were $200,000. $100,000 of his winnings will be donated to the Bradford G. Rutter Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation READ MORE
In a sign of changing times at academic libraries, Trinity University is offering buyout packages to prompt seven employees to leave its Coates Library.With the digitization of books, journals, newspapers and other materials, there isn't enough work shelving and cataloging to keep all 19 staff members busy, said Dennis Ahlburg, Trinity's president.“The library is not just a place for books anymore, it is a place for information,” Ahlburg said. “In terms of running the university, we want to use students' money and donors' money responsibly ... rather than have people sit around with nothing to do.”Other academic librarians in San Antonio report a similar trend, though many say they have managed to shift staff through attrition. READ MORE
South DeKalb’s Scott Candler Library will temporarily remain open four days a week. Last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the McAfee Road library would close April 1 because of budget cuts.After complaints from residents and a petition with 100 signatures collected by 12-year-old Sekondi Landry, the library board of trustees decided to keep the library open. The library will be open Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.“I’m so happy. I just got back from the library,” said Landry, who is home-schooled. “I go every day.” READ MORE
What defines a city? Some suggest the mundane (the state of electrical wiring for utilities and phone lines). Others point to basic needs like the quality of affordable housing and public facilities. But the heart of every city is defined by two things: the state of its public spaces, and the quality and condition of its public libraries. Indeed, a public library defines not only the city in which it sits, but the state of the society that created it.Great cities in history were known for their libraries: the ancient cities of Ebla (probably the oldest known, around 2500 BCE) and Ugarit in Syria, Nineveh in Iraq, Alexandria, Rome, Constantinople and Takshashila in India all had vast libraries. Alexandria's was said to be one of the largest. The ancient university of Nalanda, now sought to be revived, and said to be one of the first great universities in known history, had a magnificent library. READ MORE
For libraries, it is the best of times, and the worst of times. And for author Jon Katz, it is the best time to be talking about them.The popular author of over a dozen books on dogs, and the mastermind behind The Bedlam Farm Journal, came to Scituate Town Library last week to discuss his travels to the 12 different libraries he had visited in the past few months, and the struggles associated with each.  READ MORE
In March 1970, Marguerite Hart became the first children’s librarian at the Troy Library. She was hired to plan children’s activities and to develop a children’s collection for the booming youth population in the City. Hart was a native of Detroit. Before arriving in Troy, Hart was the children’s librarian at the Madison Heights Public Library for three years.Hart possessed a passion for libraries and their role in communities. She was determined to provide children with proper library services. She once said: READ MORE
COUNCILMAN GENTILE HOSTS ESSAY AWARD CEREMONYLocal Students Wrote About “Libraries of the Future”Councilman Vincent Gentile hosted an awards ceremony for local public school student essayists who wrote about the future they envision for public libraries as part of Councilman Gentile’s annual libraries essay contest. READ MORE
Kate McDowell has been an Assistant Professor for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for the past four years.  The focus of her class is on services to youth in libraries.How did you get into teaching about storytelling?I myself took a storytelling class as part of my own Library Science Master's program at UIUC. This led to my discovery that I wanted to teach others about storytelling and so I pursued a Ph.D in library science. Then an opening came about at UIUC when another library school professor  Betsy Hearne, who taught Folklore retired, and so I was able to step in and teach my own storytelling classes.Kate's # 1 rule in classes:  If you think you have a criticism of someone's storytelling performance, come up with it in the form of a question.   She also encourages the storytellers to ask the audience what kind of feedback they are seeking. READ MORE
Their story started at the library where they both worked, the Frick Art Reference Library. Valery was painfully shy, but when she first met Sean, she fell hard for him. Sean didn't know at the time that she had a huge crush on him, and for three months she kept quiet, waiting for him to notice her.After many sleepless nights of wondering whether he liked her or not, Valery couldn't take the waiting and decided to ask him out. Sean was curious about her by this time, and with this she intrigued him. Sean fell in love with her will and her love of crafting books, and Valery fell in love with his gentle nature and love of reading books. Together they've tried so many new things they'd never have before. She took a chance and won their love READ MORE