If there is a librarian who has made a difference in your life or made an impact on your community, now is your chance to honor their contributions by nominating them for the national l Love My Librarian Award.The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users across the country to recognize their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries for transforming lives and improving communities. Nominations are being accepted online now through October 21, 2019. READ MORE
Erika Long, school librarian at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee, knows that giving students a space that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive helps them succeed in the library and beyond.As a first year librarian at TMMS, Erika has grounded her work in the interpersonal relationships she has built with fellow teachers, administrators, and students.Representation is one of her primary goals. She shares: “I was 34 years old the first time I could actually say, ‘That's me,’ in a book. READ MORE
A public library is using a robot to teach kids and adults coding, among other job duties. Pepper, a new member of the crew at Carroll County Public Library in Maryland, is a "humanoid," a human-like robot, who can strike up a conversation, dance or tell a story. The humans around Pepper control "her" actions using Choregraphe, a drag-and-drop interface.The robot includes a lot of sensors and mechanical degrees of freedom delivered through 20 motors. She rolls around and communicates through WiFi. Her battery lasts up to 12 hours. She sports a tablet on her chest, two high-definition cameras in her head, a 3D depth sensor behind her eyes and loudspeakers in her ears. READ MORE
A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released in December 2018 reviewed 22 studies estimating that more than 30% of college students face food insecurity amid the rising costs of higher education. The report estimates that there are nearly 2 million at-risk students—most often they are first-generation college students, low income, or single parents. A 2018 survey of college pantries by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, a research group at Temple University in Philadelphia, says the problem is even bigger; it estimates that nearly 50% of undergraduates face food insecurity. Food-insecure students tend to perform at lower levels academically and complete their degrees at lower rates, the survey found.Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas, stocks free provisions at its pantry, Tiger Food Exchange, located on the first floor of Forsyth Library. The pantry offers produce from a university garden, along with donations from faculty, students, and local businesses. Library staffers help guide students to the pantry and ensure the area stays stocked and organized. READ MORE
The Clark County (KY) Public Library annual summer reading program has been the highlight for many people’s summers for years.Renee Wallace, head of youth services at CCPL, said the library has been doing the summer reading program for as long as she can remember, and she’s been at CCPL for 16 years. But her children had participated in the program long before she worked there. “So a long time,” Wallace said. “… I’m proud of the fact that we have a nine-week summer reading program, not every library can do that. And I’ve always been grateful that our director and our board, consider that important enough for the children of Clark County, that we have that time and budget set aside for that.” READ MORE
The new movie “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is full of excitement and adventure—and each day, libraries across the world promote creativity and discovery through free access to books, games, and other media.Many thanks to Warner Brothers and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” star Justice Smith for highlighting the opportunities for magic and adventure at libraries in this new video public service announcement.Visit your nearest library or check out their website and sign up for a library card if you haven’t already. READ MORE
The Library of Human PerseveranceLogan Smith-Carlos, a Hamburg native and high school sophomore, recalled a time in middle school when he ran away from home and found himself sitting on a bridge watching a “beautiful” sunset. “In that instance, I seriously thought about ending my life,” he wrote for the event.Smith-Carlos has been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and depression since late middle school. Smith-Carlos said he now deals with his depression much better and shared his experiences at UB’s Human Library Project on Sunday. The one-day event, held in the Center for Tomorrow, had a group of speakers hold one-on-one meetings to share their personal stories. READ MORE
Cambria, a Wisconsin village with a population north of 700, doesn’t have a dry cleaners—but residents know if they need an item pressed, stitched, or altered, they can drop off their duds at Jane Morgan Memorial Library (JMML).“Sandy’s willing to take a look at anything, from mending pants to replacing zippers to sewing buttons on a shirt or pants,” says Director Jennifer Tallman of Sandra Vardell (pictured), a former board member who volunteers one Saturday per month to tackle the town’s toughest tailoring. READ MORE
I Love My Librarian Award 2018 winner Dr. Linda E. Robinson cultivates a love of literacy and learning in students through creative programming. She has developed a strong school library program to ensure her students have the best chance to succeed.One such program is the One School, One Read initiative which encourages staff and students to read a book together. Linda helps to bring each book to life with a lunch-time celebration with a meal that reflects the book’s setting, staff dressing up as characters and putting up decorations and playing music from the time period. READ MORE
A call to action by a former Minnesota senator has inundated a Leech Lake tribal school.Al Franken, the former comedian-turned-U.S. senator, asked the internet last week to donate books and cash to Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School’s secondary school library. By Friday afternoon, May 3, school -- and UPS -- workers estimated they’ve received about 1,800 packages of books, plus $75,000 via a GoFundMe campaign Franken highlighted. Conditions at the school’s building for secondary students were notoriously shoddy, and Minnesota lawmakers such as Franken pushed for years to secure federal money to replace it. The new building, which opened at the beginning of this school year, didn’t have many books in its library or enough shelves to store them on, which meant boxes and boxes of books sat quietly in a storage room this year. READ MORE