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Memory Minders: Meaningful Engagement for those Impacted by Dementia

Ramsey County Library worked with a local health organization to create Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers. These circulating kits share library resources that will help create positive engagement and meaningful interactions between individuals with dementia or cognitive impairments and their caregivers.

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The Relevance of Bookmobiles and Mobile Libraries in 2018

As a valued part of any library’s arsenal, bookmobiles today help to disseminate information, erase barriers, and equalize opportunity for all patrons—much like in the past, only in different guises today.

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Racial Diversity in the Romance Fiction Industry

Historically, the romance fiction industry has been overwhelmingly white in both authorship and subject. However, a new generation of romance writers has set out to change the status quo, thanks in large part to Kensington Publishing.

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The Right To Be Apolitical

With the current political milieu, many of us have found ourselves thinking more about social justice, activism, and our personal as well as professional roles in politics. We have questioned the role of library staff and libraries in this context.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – New PLA Podcast

This episode focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, EDI for short and features three guest who’ve been working tirelessly in this arena. Amita Lonial leads our conversation. Amita, (she/her/hers) is currently the Principal Librarian for Learning, Marketing, and Engagement at San Diego County Library. She also currently serves as the co-chair for the PLA Equity, […]

Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century – A New Library Service Model

Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century focuses on library service to entrepreneurs and “solopreneurs” — individuals who operate a business completely on their own. Caity Rietzen, Gillian Robbins, and Caitlin Seifritz, librarians in the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, authored the publication.

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Summer Feeding Can Mean Summer Reading

If kids are hungry, they can’t read. This summer, millions of kids do not have a reliable food source to replace school lunch. Getting a tchotchke as an incentive for reading is pretty worthless if you’re too hungry to read.

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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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Comics at the Library of Congress

Recently, the Library of Congress received its largest donation of comic books and pop-culture memorabilia.

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Communication and Conflict Resolution at the Library

About a month ago, I attended a conflict resolution workshop hosted by the National Conflict Resolution Center. I went in with the idea that I would learn skills that would help me deal with difficult customers. I mean, who else would I have conflicts with? Little did I know that the workshop would prove valuable in every aspect of my life, professional and personal.

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New York Public Library’s #ReadingIsLit Campaign

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is taking advantage of summer reading to push their #ReadingIsLit campaign with HBO. The partnership celebrates the written word and encourages people to “read, talk about, and enjoy all things literary.” In a time when TV shows based on books are seeing great popularity, the timing couldn’t be better.

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New Expectations for Search Functionality Bring Challenges

In the past few weeks I’ve come across two articles that predict the imminent rise of voice-searching as the preferred method to seek information. My immediate reaction was a sinking feeling of discouragement when I consider how clunky searching for library materials already feels, let alone how it would feel if this new expectation comes […]

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The Growler

We have all experienced the public’s perception that libraries are quiet peaceful places, in which staff merely sit around and read.  This idyllic image is frequently presumed about my library as we are relatively small and rural.  Although we have had some significant incidents, such as the elderly gentlemen who drove his car six feet into our building, these are infrequent and we are thankful that we do not often experiences the challenges that some of our more urban colleagues face daily. Still, we are not immune.

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Feeding the Body and the Mind – Library Summer Feeding Programs

What was once a fledgling experiment taking place in a few public libraries across the country has now become a mainstream success. Through summer feeding programs, public libraries are finding new ways to serve and engage their communities, while also contributing to the fight to end food insecurity, and pulling new audiences into their libraries.

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Rare Book Thefts Among Us

So, while investigations are quietly underway for recent thefts, what about unsolved book mysteries from 20, 30, 40 or 80 years ago? We can only speculate what public treasures are waiting to be discovered in hidden safes, basements, trunks and cardboard boxes around the world.