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Turn the Tables: L.A. County’s DJ Training Program

The DJ training program is nine weeks long and it “teaches teens not just how to remix a song and scratch a record, but also how to market themselves and navigate the business world. Reflecting both today’s changing job market and the interests of teens, the library is beginning to offer more courses around S.T.E.M. — science, technology, engineering, math — and the arts.

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Public Libraries Celebrate the Democratic Ideal

Public libraries face the challenge of providing information and resources about the upcoming election this November but they also engage their communities in civic opportunities and experiences throughout the year.

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Yarn-Bombing the Library

What better way to showcase Barnett’s picture book, our knitting program, and Project Literacy than to “yarn bomb” the library—especially the trees?

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New York Public Library: Serving Looks and Books          

The Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library has added professional fashion accessories to its circulating materials options.

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Ling Ma on Mob Mentalities, Boring Typography, and the Apocalypse

Candace Chen is a dedicated office drone in the publicity department of a big-time publishing house, deftly negotiating contracts for the novelty Bibles her company churns out year after year. Only when a society-erasing plague, a mysterious fever that rends its victims into a zombie-like existence, wipes out most of her co-workers does Candace reluctantly […]

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Managing Your Workplace Relationships

Is it ever okay to treat your colleagues like family?

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New in Quick Reads Series — PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs

PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs consists of ten articles highlighting educational programs that took place at the PLA 2018 Conference. Filled with instruction, advice, and knowledge from some of the field’s more innovative thinkers, the publication covers everything from serving persons experiencing homelessness in your makerspace to reaching children with barriers to access to anti-racist librarianship and more.

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Banning Books Silences Stories

Bob Woodward’s Fear caused a censorship controversy for a WV library; Banned Books Week 2018 reminds us that “Banning Books Silences Stories.”

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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

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Library’s Business Center Leads to Success with Community, Government, and Business

Indeed, embedded librarianship and partnerships have led to much success for the business center, citizens, and city government.  It is important to meet with as many different business organizations as possible in order to publicize what libraries can do for the community.

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Shout It From the Rooftops: Reading Is Fundamental!

Reading for pleasure is at an all-time low in America. Librarians need to extol the merits of reading wherever we go. We need to champion the importance of reading to turn the tide on declines.

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Neal Bascomb on the Incredible Escape from Holzminden Prison

Neal Bascomb brings the harrowing escape from Holzminden prison to thrilling life in The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War. Holzminden prison was Gemany’s seemingly inescapable POW prison, run by the tyrannical commandant Karl Niemeyer. Yet through meticulous planning and ingenious subterfuge, nearly a dozen […]

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2018 NJLibsGrowBiz Summit: Building Business Outreach and Services

The New Jersey State Library has prioritized business outreach and services throughout the state for over a decade. Through contracts for statewide database access to business resources and a dedicated consultant to work with public libraries, the State Library has leveraged its assets to support New Jersey’s business community and has attempted to communicate this to key business stakeholders.

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Religion Versus Theology in Library Programming

While the series is on the topic of religion, we are not engaging in religious programming, but theological programming. That is, we are pursuing an academic discourse on the nature of belief in the divine and the various rituals that might display this belief for particular groups. 

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The Opioid Crisis and Administering Narcan in Libraries

The opioid crisis in our country is no longer confined to dark alleys or areas beneath bridges and overpasses. This unfortunate tragedy has found its way into public libraries and many public librarians across the country are now trained to administer Naloxone, “a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.” Make no mistake about it, the library staff at the McPherson library is saving lives and they are proud of their lifesaving work and dedication to their community.