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ALA’s Awards and Grants Can Give Your Library a Boost

If your library is like mine, your list of expenses is growing while funding is either stagnant or trending down. That’s why we are enthusiastic about any sources of nontraditional revenue, no matter how modest.

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School Libraries in Baltimore Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

Even when school is out for the summer, some school libraries in Baltimore are open for business, providing books, activities, and meals to hundreds of Baltimore City students.

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Projects to Watch – IMLS Funds 276 Library Grants

From expansion of STEM learning to televised reading programs for families of the incarcerated, IMLS funding expands library initiatives across the country.

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Special Access Browsing for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Special Access Browsing is an after-hours program designed for kids on the Autism spectrum and their families. Our library opens up its Children and Teen Services Department when the library is normally closed just for this patron population. We also try to offer a craft or program at the same time. Our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community has responded well to these events.

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Lessons from 2015’s Best Small Library in America

When Library Director Gale Bacon began leading the Belgrade Community Library, the roof was leaking. Nine years later, BCL was selected by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the Best Small Rural Library in the country. What can public librarians learn from her experience to improve their own libraries?

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Free Library of Philadelphia Building Inspiration Initiative— An Innovative Model of Library Service

The Free Public Library of Philadelphia (FLP) recently announced a major initiative for renovation and expansion of select library structures, community outreach, and partnerships, funded in part with a major grant from the William Penn foundation. This initiative is worth taking a look at for at least two reasons: it will be an innovative model for library service and is an example of strategic funding.

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PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants

Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library […]

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Countdown to Summer with YALSA

YALSA has started counting down with its last 100 Days Till Summer initiative. Here are some highlights of their Summer Reading & Learning site for activities and ideas to help you get ready for your summer reading or learning program.