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I Love My Library Card: A Dual Use Library/Debit Card

Frederick County (MD) Public Library (FCPL) has found an ingenious way to combine its patrons’ library card with bank debit cards.

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Paddling to the Library

Imagine a day at the beach: Feel the warm sand slipping between your toes. The pleasure of drowsily napping under the rays of the warm sun. Cooling off in the water, splashing in the waves. Borrowing a book from the library. Wait a second… library? I thought I was at the beach?

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Baby Boomers Aren’t Called “Seniors” Anymore – Next Level Programming for Older Adults

Baby Boomers have rebranded themselves—older adults, matures, 55+, aging adults, longevitists? They aren’t called “seniors” anymore. And library services need to keep pace with their changing needs.

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Teen Programming – Who Comes and Why

A teen may actually benefit more (both educationally and with regards to self-efficacy) by tutoring a tween in a particular subject than by being taught the information by an adult. In creating activities, however, a librarian needs to consider if opening an event up to a wider public will alienate some of the potential participants.

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Language Learning @ Your Library

In today’s world, we’re adopting an increasingly global outlook. Whether we’re traveling abroad for vacation or business, immigrating, or simply interested in expanding our personal knowledge, the desire to learn a different language is prevalent. Many people turn to their libraries for resources to do so.

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Pass It On at Libraries to Help Seniors Avoid Scams

The Federal Trade Commission, with the support of the Institute of Museums and Library Services, is encouraging public libraries in the U.S. to create Pass It On programs to advise senior citizens about prominent scams.

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Library Outreach Services Helps Families of the Incarcerated Stay Connected

Library Outreach services at the Brooklyn Public Library have removed the obstacles for children of the incarcerated to connect with a parent in jail—through technology, creativity and a belief in family literacy, Televisit has changed the landscape of children’s visits at Riker’s Island.

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A Little Extra Help – Why Public Libraries Need Social Workers

This past May, the D.C. Public Library hired a social worker to help improve outcomes for homeless patrons. Great idea, right? You might even say it’s a no-brainer. So why aren’t more public libraries doing the same?

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Who Knew? What They Don’t Teach You in Library School

A few days ago, another librarian and I spent an agonizing forty minutes trying to follow the impossible directions for assembling a desk chair. We had both approached the topic thinking it would be a quick and easy task and we’d soon be back to our ‘normal’ work. We ultimately assembled the chair, but with […]

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Moving Readers’ Advisory Online

Readers’ advisory is a unique service that public libraries can be the “best” at. By moving readers’ advisory to the virtual world, librarians can better reach their users.

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High School Diplomas with your Public Library Card

In what may be a first in the country, the Los Angeles Public Library is teaming with Career Online High School to offer online classes through the library. A library-sponsored scholarship to attend the online classes will be given to those who qualify by passing an evaluation.

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town

As librarians, we know the value of our community services, and our patrons appreciate their importance as well. But in an increasingly digital world, we see the role of libraries as community and cultural centers at times undervalued, and occasionally under fire. When shrinking municipal budgets combine with the nonstop technological revolution, public library services that focus on building community face-to-face, inspiring and educating patrons about art, literature, and music, and helping patrons engage in civil discourse can seem quaint. But it is precisely those shrinking budgets and the onslaught of technologically mediated life that make public libraries’ cultural and community offerings more important than ever.

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Partnering with Community Service Organizations

In 2012, the county offices for El Paso County, Colorado, moved to a centralized location in a northern part of Colorado Springs. In many ways, this combining of services is convenient because of the “one-stop shopping” capabilities that people now have