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Graphic Design on a Shoestring

These free and low-cost tools will help your marketing materials shine.

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Secrets of Readers’ Advisory — Part Two

Readers’ Advisory Queen Becky Spratford gave us some great advice last month. The conversation continues here.

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Connecticut Library Robotics Team Competes at Regional Competition

“Singularity Technology,” the robotics team of the Wilton (CT) Public Library, recently competed at (FTC) FIRST Tech Challenge’s East Super-Regional Championship in Scranton, PA. After winning 2nd place at the State Championship, the team placed 38th out of 72 teams in their first regional championship.

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A “Purrfect” Literacy Program

Looking for a creative way to encourage children’s literacy at your library? Reach out to a local humane society or shelter and develop a program for kids to read to cats. Reading is no longer just for the birds; it’s for the enrichment of both cat and child as well!

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Visualize the Possibilities: Turning Data Into Dollars

Finding funding to support the library is a constant challenge. A powerful, free, new tool from the Foundation Center can help your library connect with grants, partners, and potential funders. It’s a great place to start turning data into dollars for your next big idea.

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Preventing Overdoses in the Library

San Francisco Public Library is considering training staff members on how to administer Naloxone if they were to encounter someone overdosing in or around the library.

By The Book January/February 2017

Contributing Editor CATHERINE HAKALA-AUSPERK is the owner of Libraries Thrive Consulting. If you’d like to write a review or if there’s a new book you’d like to see reviewed here, please contact Catherine at chakalaausperk@gmail.com. Catherine is currently reading The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg. Editor’s note: Public Library Association policy dictates that PLA […]

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The Aging Library Staff

These career library workers are part of a small but growing segment of Americans who remain in the workforce into their 70s, 80s and 90s.

Checking Out Securely: The Challenge of Staffless Libraries

Without physical staff, some questions are raised: Who monitors the cameras? Who responds to such emergencies? What will the blind spots in the cameras be (like restrooms), and how will they be dealt with? The prevention of theft is a significant concern as well. Certainly a card system and cameras help, but cards and pins can be stolen and hacked, and identities can be hidden from cameras.

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Big Brother Through the Library

On Monday April 3, 2017 President Trump signed a bill repealing internet privacy rules.

Promoting a Lifelong Love of Reading: PL Talks With Jenny Adams Perinovic

Jenny Adams Perinovic is taking public library outreach services to another level at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Managing a Multigenerational Staff

The next time you are pondering the point of view of a colleague from a different era, step back for a minute and reflect on all that they have to share with you, whether younger or older.

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National Library Week Launching Point for Advocacy

Library workers take action to stop proposed budget cuts from eliminating federal funding for libraries.

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Trend Alert: Stuffed Animal Sleepovers

Stuffed animal sleepovers provide the perfect mix of early literacy and fun.

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PBS Back on the Chopping Block

For as long as I can recall, it seems when budget cuts are going to be made, PBS is always named as a candidate for defunding.