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Most of us have fond memories of our hometown public library, and some of us can recall stories of how a library or librarian touched our life in a profound and meaningful way. Here at I Love Libraries, we invite readers to share these stories. So far we have received many. Some are moving, some are inspirational, and some are quite funny. Larry Burns’ story is all three.Recently, Larry – an artist, musician, and highway sign maker from Barberton, OH – shared with us a story from his childhood,  when one encounter with a kind and understanding librarian opened up a whole new world for him. To this day, Larry remains a faithful and enthusiastic patron of his local public library, and every summer, he volunteers to teach a free, 4-session guitar workshop at Barberton Public Library). READ MORE
Despite the cold and rain more than 180 students from Pioneer Middle School in Plymouth, Michigan, descended upon the streets of New York City to spread their message of peace and promote the Pioneer Peace Project as planned on Friday, April 3, 2009.The torrential downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of the resilient peace spreaders as they marched through the busy itinerary and stayed true to their mission to engage others in their views of peace. READ MORE
Join Bette Midler, Jeff Daniels, Barbara Walters, Tim Gunn, Amy Tan and more...speak out for your library and help fight cuts in resources. Add your own response video, and go to the New York Public Library website to take action! READ MORE
Hollywood movies often show a band of heroes searching for priceless treasures believed lost, stolen, or mythical. Right now, the State Library is on its own quest for treasure, but this time the hoard may be in many different locations. From the early 1930s to the outbreak of World War II, the federal government invested substantial funds in back-to-work programs, including work projects in the arts. READ MORE
When Lexington Park Library patrons in St. Mary’s County visit their library not only can they get homework help, book recommendations, movie entertainment, and computer instruction at their branch, they can even get relief from a sore throat.Thanks to “Get Connected to Health,” a mobile outreach service of St. Mary’s Hospital, uninsured, low income residents can receive primary medical care every Monday between 1 and 5 p.m. in the library parking lot. READ MORE
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. — John Kenneth GalbraithUnfortunately, the following resources may become very important to our users given the economic climate. Government at all levels can provide assistance for the workforce. They look out for job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other economic measurements. Workers are guaranteed safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other support. READ MORE
Libraries across the counry will be taking part in United We Serve, a national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in serving their communities this summer. READ MORE
They're twin sisters and for the past six months they have come faithfully twice a week to the literacy center at Salinas’s John Steinbeck Library.  There they meet with their tutor, a retired school teacher.  They bring their small children along—one baby is asleep in the car seat at her mother's feet, another plays with books and lounges in a bean bag chair, while several of their older kids play in the children's area.  Between them they have nine children, ages 0 to ten.   Both sisters dropped out of school when they were thirteen and neither learned to read.  After failing classes and falling too far behind, they did what many of us would do in their circumstances: they quit and gave up hope. READ MORE
“Behind the Wheel of a Bookmobile” is a quixotic journey that will honor the place books have in our national consciousness. Authors Peter Laufer and Tom Corwin conceived this project.It began with the whimsical idea of buying a vintage bookmobile, stocking it with donated books from publishers, and driving it cross-country through small towns, with well-known authors taking turns at the wheel. At each stop Corwin and Laufer hand out one book in exchange for an interview on the journey's thematic question - "Tell me about one book that has changed your life and how." A documentary film crew captures the stories. READ MORE
In April, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2009 winner of the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD award:  “Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected,” a remarkable project developed by Margaret Kolaya, director of the Scotch Plains Public Library, and Daniel Weiss, director of the Fanwood Memorial Library, both in New Jersey. The success of the video and web-based project is the result of the cooperative partnership the libraries have embraced over the past 4 years, and the contributions of many partners and participants. The award, sponsored by ASCLA, Keystone Systems, and the National Organization on Disability, recognizes a library for “an innovative and well-organized project which has successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities.”  READ MORE

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