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Alison McCarty is a Librarian II at a small branch in a large county public library in Northeast Florida. She is excited about programming, outreach, marketing, and community partnerships.


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Seattle Public Library Offers Free Telephone Service

Visitors to the Seattle Public Library’s Downtown Library don’t have to worry about running out of minutes – the library will provide 10 free ones on their newly-installed free public phones

Fitting Fitness into Library Programming

Libraries around the country have incorporated fitness into their collections and programming offerings, and these programs are often met with enthusiasm from patrons.  However, it’s not always easy to get a fitness program off the ground.

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Get Your High School Diploma at Your Local Library

Libraries have long helped students study for their GED, and now a program allows adults seeking a high school education an alternate path to their diploma.

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San Diego’s Craft Brewing Archive

Need a cold, refreshing look at brewing history? Look no farther than CSU San Marcos’s new Brewchive.

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Anti-Slavery Collection at Boston Public Library Gets a Digital Makeover

Library launches crowd-sourced transcription project to make 12,000 pieces of abolitionist correspondence searchable.

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Library of Congress Slims Down Twitter Archive

The Library of Congress announced in December 2017 that it would no longer collect every stray thought, joke, announcement, or governmental policy change posted to Twitter.

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Chattanooga Public Library Offers Professional Recording Studio

Teens gain recording experience in a professional setting at Chattanooga Public Library’s The Studio.

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Read & Reward: Kids Read Books to Pay Off Fines

Paying off fines can be as easy as reading a book or attending a library program for kids in Northern Illinois.

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Library Spells Success with Sip & Spell Event

How do you attract more readers to your library? Let them show off their dictionary know-how in a head-to-head spelling competition!

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Patrons Can Check Out a Museum Pass with smARTpass App

A new app gives Twin Cities library card holders access to free and discounted tickets to local cultural institutions.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library Kicks Off a Fine Free 2017

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) in Columbus, Ohio, is fulfilling a common library goal, to provide more access to library resources, in a less-common way—eliminating daily late fees on library materials. “What it boils down to is that we want to make it easier for more customers to check out more materials and not be deterred by overdue fines,” said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist at CML.

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A Card for Every Kid

This past September, the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library (CCPL) teamed up with eight other library systems to promote the “A Card for Every Kid” initiative, which aimed to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens. During September, every library in the county actively encouraged children and teens to sign up for a free library card, and offered one-time fine forgiveness to children and teens who were been blocked or barred from using their library cards because they owed fines.

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School Libraries in Baltimore Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

Even when school is out for the summer, some school libraries in Baltimore are open for business, providing books, activities, and meals to hundreds of Baltimore City students.

Summer Volunteer Squad Offers Creative Options

Volunteering during the summer doesn’t have to be all about the summer reading programs or getting all of the library’s books in perfect alphabetical order. At the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Illinois, teens and staff alike get to show off a variety of skills in the Summer Volunteer Squad program. The Summer Volunteer Squad was created to give the library’s many teen volunteers the opportunity to volunteer meaningfully during their summer breaks. The program was modeled after a similar program at the nearby Oak Park (IL) Library.

Friends Group Opens Airport Bookstore

The Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library are taking their book sales sky high with a new standalone bookstore in the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.