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If it has been a few years or a few decades since you've ventured into your local library, you're going to be very surprised by what you find. No longer are these dusty institutions of quiet corners, musty books and stern librarians, they are home to bestsellers, coffee carts, teen rooms, community, and civic gatherings. Libraries offer computer classes, babysitting workshops, tutoring programs and literacy programs, most of which are free, or are offered at a nominal fee. Not all services mentioned in this article are available at every library, but it's worth finding out if your local library offers a similar option. READ MORE
The group "First Kidz" in Newport are raising money for the Camden Ouachita County Public Library which burned in a fire earlier this summer on July 3.The kids set up a lemonade stand at the Jackson County Public Library in Newport. After just two hours of selling lemonade the group raised $400.50 to donate to the Camden Library. READ MORE
The following blog entries were taken from photographer Robert Dawson's blog http://libraryroadtrip.wordpress.com. Photos reprinted with person of author. Photos within Yazoo City post taken by photographer Walker Dawson.Join me and my son, Walker, as we drive across the country this summer photographing public libraries. Our trip will complete 17 years of field work documenting this precious American resource. READ MORE
Interview with Anna Heinemann, http://www.annareads.com@annareadsbooks, annareadsbooks@gmail.comPhoto reprinted with permission of the author.About Anna READ MORE
If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country.  These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library.  Money raised by these groups support such important library services as summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries. READ MORE

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