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Great Books about Strong Girls and Women -A Short List

There are many great books featuring strong female main characters. Here we’ve selected a few, though we’d love to hear your selections too. Please share your favorite in the comments.

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John Lingan on Patsy Cline, Her Hometown, and the Groundbreaking Generation of Country Music Entrepreneurs

When John Lingan was sent to Winchester, Virginia, to write an article about Patsy Cline’s hometown, a quick visit turned into multiple return trips. The resulting book, Homeplace, is an exhaustively researched and compassionate account of Winchester and the nearby resort town, Berkeley Spring, West Virginia. The reader’s tour guide through the area is Jim McCoy, a former radio DJ famous for discovering Patsy Cline when she was a teenager, who later owned and operated a local honkytonk, The Troubador, that serves as a place for the community to drink, listen to music, and have a good time.

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PLA at National Association of Counties Conference

PLA staff and members brought the voice of public libraries to the Smarter Counties Summit: Technology Driving Innovation and broader 2018 National Association of Counties (NACo) conference in Nashville July 12-16. Following the theme of NACo President Charles Brooks, the event focused on issues related to serving the underserved. The summit and conference provided a great opportunity to talk about the value of public libraries, to hear from technology experts, and to network for the future.

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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, […]

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Jessica Long on Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

Jessica Long was born in Siberia with fibular hemimelia, a medical condition that required the amputation of both legs below the knee. She was adopted by a family in Maryland, and quickly developed her spectacular gift for swimming. At age twelve, she was the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympic team, winning three gold medals. Over the past four Paralympic games, she’s won twenty-three medals, and is currently training to compete in her fifth games in Tokyo in 2020. With her sister Hannah, Long has written a photo-illustrated memoir, Unsinkable, which details not only her triumphs in the pool, but also the more personal moments of her journey, such as reconnecting with her birth family in 2012. Booklist gave Unsinkable a starred review, calling it “inspirational on so many levels, . . .a great addition for middle school collections.”

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.