By Steve Zalusky

Now is the time to honor your favorite librarian by nominating them for an I Love My Librarian award.  Nominations for the eighth year of the award are open.  The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community or university librarians.

Nominations will run now through September 28. Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City on December 3, 2015, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Each nominee must be a...


by Tyler Miles, courtesy of The Sentinel

As public libraries across the country adjust to the balancing act between e-readers and bound books, area library directors continue to monitor their standing in the digital world.  Jeffrey Swope, executive director of the Bosler Memorial Library in downtown Carlisle, PA, pondered the e-reader vs. bound book question before answering, “Yes, and no.”  “I don’t think that the impact for e-books has really dramatically hit public libraries (in this area). There are still so many people out there that still like to handle an actual physical...


by Jenn McKee, courtesy of MLive

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at the Ann Arbor (MI) District Library (WLBPD@AADL) recently received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year - from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - on June 19, 2015 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Library Director Josie Parker and AADL Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services Terry Soave accepted the award for WLBPD@AADL, which has served blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County for six years.

The other award presented at the same ceremony, the Network Library of the Year Award, went...


By Steve Zalusky and Jennifer Habley

School Library Aide Vera Beal watched as fire poured out of her library at James Monroe Elementary in Edison, N.J. It was a Saturday in March, 2014, so fortunately no one was hurt. Still, she said, “I watched in dismay and fright as the flames rolled out of the windows of our school library,” she said. “The entire collection of books as well as all of our media equipment was destroyed. All of these wonderful amenities of the school year have been erased due to the fire.”

But the fire, devastating as it was, could not melt the indomitable spirit of the school, which is home to 486 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th - nor could the flames quench the determination of its librarian, whose...

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Lee, Harper (author).
July 2015. 288p. Harper, hardcover, $27.99 (9780062409850); Harper, e-book, $15.99 (9780062409874).
REVIEW. First published July 15, 2015 (Booklist Online). Jean Louise Finch is back home in Maycomb, Alabama, for a visit, after living in New York City just long enough to gain a new perspective on her past and her future. At 26, she is self-deprecating, impulsive, argumentative, sensitive, and conflicted. Called Scout as a motherless girl, she was a “howling tomboy,” “juvenile desperado, hell-raiser extraordinary.” She still has a cowlick, and her corseted Aunt Alexandra still fusses about her unladylike clothes and manners. Jean Louise has always worshipped her lawyer...