LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — The new Little Free Library in front of Lindenwold School No. 4 is painted in cheerful shades of yellow and blue, with a few cottony clouds thrown in.
LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — The new Little Free Library in front of Lindenwold School No. 4 is painted in cheerful shades of yellow and blue, with a few cottony clouds thrown in.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane school district is taking school librarians out of libraries and putting them in classrooms.
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San Diego pardons 130,000 who owe library fines
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California city is closing the book on library fines.
KNSD-TV says San Diego officials announced Tuesday that they will pardon 130,000 residents who racked up about $2...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public libraries will have to filter access on their internet services so that obscene and pornographic material can't be accessed.
NEW YORK (AP) — Not everyone was amused by the John Oliver send-up of a picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence.
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Illinois libraries face budget challenges
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Budget concerns at libraries across Illinois are causing a variety of issues, including delayed building projects and cuts in staff, hours and new book purchases, officials...
North Dakota bookmobile services expand to meet demand
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two local libraries are expanding their bookmobile services, revealing that interest in books is still strong even as people increase their screen time.
House OKs letting librarians use overdose-reversal drug
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would let librarians administer the drug naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.
Nebraska libraries transform into ‘makerspaces’
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Rural Nebraska libraries are transforming themselves into spaces where people have access to equipment that can help them be creative.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Free Library system is asking for an additional $15 million in city funding ahead of the mayor of Philadelphia's budget presentation.
University of Florida gets 800 boxes of Bill Nelson’s papers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A collection of papers and other historical material spanning the 46-year career of former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has been sent to the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries.
The university announced Tuesday that the collection includes 800 boxes of papers and more than six terabytes of electronic records.
Nelson, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid to former Florida Gov. Rick Scott in November after serving three terms in Washington.
Iowa library welcomes stray kitten as official pet
STATE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Cats have roamed libraries since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Most famously in Iowa, Dewey the cat called the Spencer Public Library home from 1988 until his death in 2006. At the Gutekunst Public Library in State Center, a stray kitten named Rosie has made a home as the library's official pet.
The kitten first appeared on the library's doorstep on Dec. 13.
9 additional Nebraska libraries to host makerspaces
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An initiative that turns rural Nebraska libraries into makerspaces for creative and entrepreneurial projects has been expanded to nine additional communities.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Library Commission announced Tuesday that the libraries have been selected to host "Nebraska's Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities."
The newly selected libraries are in Kimball, Beatrice, Hastings, Chadron, Blue Hill, Grant, Plainview, Verdigre and Laurel.
Library exhibit displays WVU’s E. Gordon Gee’s bowties
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — If you know of WVU President Gordon Gee, you've probably at least heard of his extensive bow tie collection.
Or witnessed the man himself sporting one of the colorful ties around his neck.
Now, those ties will be displayed in a special exhibit at the WVU Evansdale Library.
Through May 15, Gee's bow tie collection, including ties he wore at memorable times or in photographs, will be on display in the library.
The exhibit was created by the WVU Art in the Libraries program.
Flood-prone Rock Springs and La Valle libraries recuperating
ROCK SPRINGS, Wis. (AP) — The book by Madison children's author Kevin Henkes was apropos.
Snow still clung to the trees here and plows in the village were cleaning up from a New Year's Eve storm and a light dusting two days later, while some sidewalks still waited to be shoveled.
Museum, library reauthorization backed by Collins is signed
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A bill to boost federal support for libraries and museums that was introduced by Maine's Republican senator has been signed into law.
Sen. Susan Collins was part of a bipartisan group that introduced the Museum and Library Services Act, which renews $240 million to the federal museum and library programs administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Colorado libraries add social workers for homeless patrons
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Alicia Kwande works in a Colorado Springs library, but she isn't here to talk about overdue books.
She doesn't care if "Turtle," the woman standing in front of her, is watching a movie, eating lunch or just relaxing in a chair inside the Penrose Library, whiling away the hours before she has to return to life on the streets.
Kwande wants something else entirely. She wants this woman to apply for housing.
Presidential libraries in Texas being impacted by shutdown
HOUSTON (AP) — The presidential libraries in Texas of George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush are being impacted during the U.S. government's partial shutdown.
Officials with the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University said Saturday its National Archives facilities are closed during the shutdown.
The library, located in College Station, also says all activities are canceled until further notice.
Suspect in California librarian’s death had Missouri run-ins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in the killing of a California librarian was repeatedly thrown out of libraries throughout the St. Louis area earlier this year after causing disturbances.
The Sacramento Bee reports that 56-year-old Ronald Seay had been barred from at least two St. Louis area libraries, had threatened librarians and had a warrant out for his arrest.
Book lover, former library worker donates $500K to college
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A university in Maine has received a gift of a half million dollars from a longtime library employee and lover of rare books.
The University of Southern Maine says Albert Howard's gift is going to its Special Collections at the Glickman Family Library. Howard worked at USM libraries for 35 years. He died in 2017.
Suburban Chicago librarian wins national award
ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago librarian has won a national "I Love My Librarian Award" for her commitment to education and lifelong learning.
Lindsey Tomsu is teen librarian at the Algonquin Area Public Library District. She is one of only 10 librarians nationally to be recognized by the American Library Association.
NY lawmakers to review challenges facing public libraries
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are taking a look at the challenges facing public libraries and the changing role they play in our communities in the 21st century.
The state Assembly's Committee on Libraries and Education Technology is scheduled to meet Friday in Albany.
The panel plans to look at the programs and services now provided by libraries around the state. They'll also review current state funding for libraries, and whether more can be done to support them.
Restoration planned for fire-damaged Kansas State library
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Officials are making plans to restore the main Kansas State University library after a blaze caused extensive smoke and water damage.
Bezos’ preschools come as rich get richer, more generous
SEATTLE (AP) — From Jeff Bezos' free preschools to Andrew Carnegie's public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America's wealthiest people.
St. Louis libraries help adults earn high school degrees
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Like many high school students, Sharita Davis-Campbell's most dreaded subject was algebra. Biology, American history, English? Those were no problem. But the mathematical equations proved tortuous.
"I would write notes and take pictures with my phone to study for tests. I was pushing day in and day out," said Davis-Campbell, who lives downtown. "I'd get up the next day and start over again."
New librarian finds long trail leads to Sitka
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The new director of Sitka Public Library has learned a number of things about Sitka - and the library - since taking the helm on October 1.
"They love their library, and want a director that understands they love it," said Kathryn Hurtley, whose time in Alaska has included work for a museum and a tribal organization. "Everyone's been very friendly, the community has been very welcome. People make an effort to introduce themselves and tell me how much they love their library."
West Virginia Education Department rebuilding digital items
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Department says digital items that were going into state surplus are instead being rebuilt, refurbished and placed in schools and libraries across the state.
It's part of an initiative called SecondLaunchWV. The state says private organizations such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mountaineer Gas and the West Virginia Air National Guard have also recently donated equipment for the program.
Colorado millennials booking it to their public libraries
DENVER (AP) — When 23-year-old Curt Baker had two buddies visiting from Arkansas over to his new Denver digs last week, he knew there was one spot everyone had to check out: the Denver Central Library.
"I've only lived here about a month, but I love the connections and public resources available here at the library," Baker said Friday afternoon at the public library's downtown location. "We all really like libraries, so I thought I'd show my friends while we explore the city."
University of New Mexico project works to save Zuni language
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Libraries is working to preserve the Zuni language as part of a new digital initiative.
The school recently announced it has digitized books and posters published by Zuni Pueblo's bilingual education department.
Arin Peywa, a student and a member of Zuni Pueblo, says the new collection will be a great tool for those who use the Zuni language and who want to keep it alive for future generations.
Kentucky lawmaker threatens libraries over opponent’s events
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state senator threatened local libraries after becoming upset that his opponent was using their public meeting spaces for teacher forums.
State Sen. Tom Buford told the Lexington Herald-Leader he believes it is wrong for political events to be held in public buildings.
Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, a project that now sets up boxes for sharing books around the world, has died. Todd Bol was 62.
A spokeswoman for Little Free Library says Bol died Thursday in a Minnesota hospice of complications from pancreatic cancer.
Missoula passes amended emergency gun ban in public places
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Missoula City Council passed two ordinances banning firearms in public places.
Both ordinances, passed Monday, ban firearms at all polling places, schools, parks, museums, libraries and the city council chambers.
The first was an emergency ordinance that went into effect immediately due to the fact the general election is Nov. 6, while the regular ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.
Winner announced for NH Library of the Year award
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — A library that has been an anchor for more than 100 years in a New Hampshire community has been named the best in the state.
The New Hampshire Library Trustees Association picked the winner of the state's Library of the Year award on Thursday. The Concord Monitor reports the association has selected Henniker's Tucker Free Library.
Library’s “Drag Queen Story Time” postponed indefinitely
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana library's "Drag Queen Story Time" has been postponed indefinitely, as the college that planned to host the event Saturday afternoon has announced it cannot over concerns including safety, news outlets report.
Manchester public libraries eliminate late fees for children
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Library officials in Manchester say they will stop issuing late fees for children's books in order to encourage children to return to the library.
Old U of Vermont library renovated, rejoins campus community
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont's 19th Century library building has been reopened after an $11.4 million renovation and it will now serve as home to a number of the school's departments.
The Billings Library, on the university quad, was built in 1885 and served as the school's library until 1961.
The building, still called the Billings Library, served as a student center from 1963 until 2007 when UVM opened a new student center.
Library moves ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ to bigger venue
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Interest in a Louisiana library's planned "Drag Queen Story Time" is so high that the event is moving to a community college auditorium.
A notice on the Lafayette Public Library's webpage states that it's moving the Oct. 6 event from the library to South Louisiana Community College's Health and Sciences auditorium because of safety concerns resulting from an expected overflow crowd.
Most Philadelphia public libraries to close on Saturdays
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fewer than half of the branches of Philadelphia's public libraries will be open on Saturdays this fall because of a lack of funding.
Overdose antidote training set for 4 Indianapolis libraries
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana University-led partnership is bringing training sessions to Indianapolis this week on how to administer a medication that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin.
Friday's sessions will be held at four public libraries, some located in parts of Indianapolis hard-hit by drug overdoses.
Get ready for Election Day with voter-registration events
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With election season heating up, people in Utah can register to vote at a series of events on National Voter Registration Day.
The Tuesday holiday will include events at Glendale and Columbus libraries and University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and there are other locations at the Utah State Hospital in Provo and Weber State University in Ogden.
City considers resolution critical of Drag Queen Story Hour
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Two members of the governing council in a Louisiana city are pushing a resolution critical of their local library's plan to host a "Drag Queen Story Hour."
The resolution by Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen Jared Bellard and William Theriot is to be considered by the council on Tuesday.
Illinois libraries receive grants for after-school programs
CHICAGO (AP) — More than two dozen libraries across Illinois will receive grants to teach middle and high school students how to use the latest technology.
Secretary of State Jesse White, who also serves as the state librarian, announced the some $525,000 in Project Next Generation grants.
The program provides funding for libraries to offer after-school programs with access to computers, software and other technology. Mentors are hired to help students.
St. Paul mayor suggests ending overdue library book fees
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is proposing a clean slate for the 51,000 delinquent library cardholders who owe money for overdue books at the city's public libraries.
Carter's proposal would forgive more than $2.5 million in accumulated library fees and eliminate fines for overdue books altogether, the Star Tribune reported.
Drag Queen Story Hour sparks protests in conservative towns
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once upon a time, in 2015, a writer in San Francisco named Michelle Tea got the idea for "Drag Queen Story Hour": men in full drag reading children's books to kids and parents in programs aimed at providing "positive and unabashedly queer role models."
New Orleans health department, libraries offer opioid course
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' health department and library system are offering a new course to teach people what they can do to help control the opioid crisis.
The first of six 90-minute classes was held Thursday, with others scheduled at different libraries around the city over the next five weeks.
Kitsap library system eliminates late fines
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The Kitsap Regional Library says it will no longer issue daily fines for overdue items.
The Kitsap Sun reports that the library forgave outstanding late fines and stopped collecting them as of Thursday.
It joins a growing number of libraries eliminating overdue fines, including Salt Lake City, Columbus, Ohio, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Teen library intern does more than shelve books
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Cabell County Public Library was chosen by the American Library Association for a connected internship earlier this year, and the intern sponsored by the program is wrapping up her final hours before she goes back to school.
Rebekah Nix, a 16-year-old rising junior at Huntington High, spent her summer working in the youth department at the library, where she got the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the library's youngest patrons.