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Paula promotes equity and inclusion through her work with underserved populations, particularly immigrants and refugees. One community leader proclaimed, “America needs more Paulas.”Every month, the library sends a bus to pick up immigrant families to bring them to the library where they can check out materials and socialize. For many displaced Bhutanese families, these visits are important trips to engage with their community and avoid social isolation. Paula also provides information and speakers on topics to help families assimilate to their new area. READ MORE
Voters approved all five public library issues on local ballots from the May 7 election around Ohio.  The average voter approval rating was 74 percent on the ballot issues that included two new levies and three renewals.The revenue from these local property tax levies will provide financial support for library programs and essential services as well as complement the state funding of public libraries. READ MORE
She may be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her influential coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street, but Sandra Cisneros is doing anything but resting on her laurels. The 64-year-old trailblazing Chicana author, who in February received the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, is collaborating on an opera based on Mango Street. And, thanks to a Ford Foundation Art of Change fellowship, she recently finished collecting the voices of more than 50 undocumented people for an oral-history work in progress. American Libraries recently caught up with Cisneros during a visit to New York from her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.You spent much of your childhood in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Did you visit the library there? Yes, it had the advantage of being across from a park, in a neighborhood that had shops and candy stores. So there was a ritual: You’d go to the library, and then on the way back, you’d stop at the Woolworth’s and get a root beer float or something.My mother was the one who needed to go to the library every week. She was so frustrated by her life; she didn’t choose being a mom. She needed nourishment, so every weekend we were at the library for her sake. It was something we enjoyed very much, too. It was a special thing, to be with your parent who was busy all the time. READ MORE
Before its collapse, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. — infamous for being the only company to declare bankruptcy during the 2008 financial crisis — had touched almost every sector of the American economy.Looking at its primary business records, the majority of which are at the Baker Library of Harvard Business School (MA), it’s easy to trace the firm’s influence on a wide array of industries in its 150-year history, from retail and film to aviation and technology. The documents show everything from Lehman’s business transactions to its stock certificates, and make clear just how broad a reach the company had in national and global business.Many of these documents are on display in a new exhibit at the library, “Lehman Brothers: A History, 1850–2008,” that looks at firm’s wide reach as it went from small and family-run to the fourth-largest investment bank in the U.S. READ MORE
Home to a manifold of rare books, unique statues and special artifacts, the John Hay Library (RI) is the second oldest library on the University’s campus and a popular studying site for students. From cast models of Lincoln’s fists to rows upon rows of tiny British soldier figures, the Hay houses an abundance of remarkable objects.The Hay came to be the establishment for these collections through Andrew Carnegie, famous American industrialist and business magnate, who donated half of the funds required under the condition that the University would name the building after John Hay, Secretary of State to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Lincoln CollectionWhen entering the Hay’s Lincoln Collection rooms, students are greeted with numerous Lincoln portraits peering over 30,000 objects of various mediums.Originally owned by Charles Woodbury McLellan, the collection was donated to the University by John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1897 in 1923. With original letters, photographs and needlepoint embroidery, the giant collection is a testament to the former U.S. president’s legacy as an almost mythical figure celebrated by the masses for preserving the union. In the early 20th century, establishing collections of Lincoln memorabilia and artifacts became popular for large universities and institutions. Holly Snyder, curator of the Lincoln and the Hay Collection, elaborated on how the University came to possess the expansive collection. READ MORE
Stephanie has turned the library into a community hub that is welcoming for all. Through the library’s programs and resources, she helps to bring awareness around diversity, multiculturalism and LGBTQ issues. For example, she created Gospel Fest, where local groups and choirs perform at the library during Black History Month. She put up special displays in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. One of the library’s patrons said, “There is magic in her programs.” Stephanie is commended for her commitment to inclusivity. After vandals carved swastikas into trees and walls at the local middle and high schools, Stephanie worked with the Anti-Defamation League to bring a Holocaust survivor and author to the library. She made sure the library was a safe space where community members could discuss difficult issues.  READ MORE
The ding of the bell signals the class at Sassarini Elementary School (AZ) that it’s time to head to the library. There’s a cacophony of excitable chatter as the kids enter, swinging backpacks, schlepping books and generally bouncing around. But as soon as the youth sees the little purple stroller, they lower their voices and their boisterous energy falls into a hushed calm.One by one, almost as if they were in a receiving line at a wedding, the students parade past the stroller, offering their greetings to Leo. Born with a cerebral condition that limits his mobility, Leo is lucky to be alive. The 1.5 year old black cat was in a kill shelter in San Bruno before he was adopted by Mary Green, the founder of Pets Lifeline’s Humane Education program.“He’s perfect for kids because he doesn’t freak out,” Green said of Leo. “He stays calm and they can pet him.” READ MORE
Fifty years ago this upcoming September, the University of Massachusetts saw the groundbreaking of a new student library. In addition to the library’s groundbreaking, this year is the 45th anniversary of the dedication of the tower and the 25th anniversary of the renaming of the building.The following information was sourced from “The Campus Guide: University of Massachusetts” by Marla Miller and Max Page, an online university wiki page, and archived issues of The Massachusetts Daily Collegian.The history of the University LibraryNow a centerpiece in the UMass skyline, the library is the antithesis of counsel given to the University founders in 1866 by the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. As written in “The Campus Guide: University of Massachusetts” by UMass professors Marla Miller and Max Page, Olmsted urged Massachusetts Agricultural College to only build low, small buildings. READ MORE
Sipping in the stacks. Boozing amid the books. Whatever you call it, libraries and Friends groups are doing it: serving alcohol after hours, usually as part of a fundraiser, and usually with great success.The idea of alcohol at a library-sponsored event may strike some as unusual. But supporters say that serving alcohol increases event attendance, particularly among younger adults, and cultivates a public image of the library as a hip, up-to-date social setting.“People are used to relaxing with a beer or a glass of wine,” says Marcy James, programming coordinator for Jefferson County (Colo.) Public Library (JCPL). “When was the last time you went to a big fundraiser or a wedding without alcohol? I think people see libraries as a place to take your child for storytime, which is wonderful, but not as a place to kick back with other adults. If we’re going to change that view, I think alcohol is part of that.” READ MORE
The Bethlehem (NY) public library will open its new self-service studio, which facilitates video making, podcast recording, file conversions and helpful software applications to empower residents to become skilled editors, with a ribbon-cutting event and celebration.To be open seven days a week, the ADA-compliant studio space, known officially as Studio Makerspace, will be accessible to anyone with an Upper Hudson Library card who can schedule a three-hour session at a time through the library’s online calendar. It will be available for anyone who can use it to create anything like YouTube videos, filmed interviews, broadcast sessions or audio podcasts. READ MORE

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