Ahoy! To manage an undergraduate library while sailing around the world, you will need your well-honed library skills and a bit of an adventurous spirit. In this article, the University of Virginia librarians who have belayed their traditional landlubbing librarian jobs and successfully navigated a semester at sea present their ideas on the value of embarking upon such an adventure.Studying on a ship while sailing the globe—that’s Semester at Sea.Answering reference questions while standing on steady sea legs—that’s a Semester at Sea librarian. READ MORE
In 2007, the Rockbridge Regional Library began an association with Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Our goal was to create programs that encouraged children to read, while also getting them outdoors to enjoy nature. Bonnie Bernstein and Hannah Klein from Boxerwood helped us to create the Survival Book Club for fifth through eighth graders. The book club featured novels about kids surviving in the wilderness, and gave the kids the opportunity to spend time outdoors learning survival skills.  The culmination of the experience was a campout in May, using a shelter we built for ourselves in the woods. READ MORE
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) is coordinating the fourth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, October 18-24, 2009. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate. Friends groups can use the time to creatively promote their group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. The celebration also offers an excellent opportunity for the library staff and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. READ MORE
Read Beyond Reality @ your library for Teen Read Week! READ MORE
Each year, thousands of teens vote in the Young Adult Library Services Association's Teens' Top Ten, the only booklist created entirely by and for teens. In 2009, teens cast more than 11,000 votes, choosing the top ten teen books from a list of twenty-five finalists.The 2009 winners were announced in a webcast produced by World Wrestling Entertainment and featuring WWE Divas Brie and Nikki Bella and winner John Green. READ MORE
Non-practicing lawyers tend to fall into one of two categories.Either they always wanted to be lawyers but found once they started that it wasn’t what they’d hoped for, or they never wanted to be lawyers but drifted into law school because they couldn’t think of anything else to do. READ MORE
In this remarkable story, Stuart A.P. Murray traces the elaborate history of the library from its very beginnings in the ancient libraries of Babylon and Alexandria to some of the greatest contemporary institutions—the Royal Society of London, the Newberry Library, the Smithsonian, and many others.  Illustrated with 130 rich color photos, readers can follow the fascinating progress of the institution we now know today as the library. A rich textual and visual resource, The Library will delight patrons and library staff alike. READ MORE
Queens Library’s Mail-A-Book Service allows homebound customers to borrow library materials, including books and audiobooks, regular and large-print books, movies on DVD and music on CDs without leaving their homes, nursing homes, adult care centers, or assisted living facilities. Though Mail-A-Book serves all ages, its primary customer base consists of older adults.  READ MORE
Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Ann Bishop has a Baseball Hall of Fame connection - her neighbor is the widow of Hall of Famer and Chicago White Sox player Nellie Fox. But thanks to a trip to her school library, Bishop went to the Hall of Fame herself, as the winner of Step up to the Plate @ your library®.In early October, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith drew Bishop’s name as the grand-prize winner of the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program. Bishop’s name was randomly selected from eligible contestants who correctly answered a series of baseball trivia questions developed by the Hall of Fame’s library staff.  Entries were sent in from across the country and Puerto Rico. READ MORE
Libraries and I go back as far as I can remember. My mother’s family owned and operated a lending library out of their home in New Delhi, India, until recently. I grew up hearing about this library, and it seemed to me perfectly normal that you could live in a library. My mother and I practically did, as we visited our public library several times a week in our hometown in Canada.I first entered my school library at the age of eight, when I started volunteering there during recess (a great way to stay out of the cold Canadian winter weather). That experience changed my life and put me on the path that I am on now, twenty-three years later.I volunteered at that library for five years under Mrs. McGuigan, our school librarian, who would take her helpers out for a special lunch once a year. We all looked forward to it, and it made us feel special and part of something important, rather than simply the “geeky” library volunteers. READ MORE