Public Libraries

Confessions of a serial Library Fine Payer

greenbaynewschron.com is running a Funny Little Story on returning your books late.

\"There should be an \"Overdue Friends of the Library\" club.
This club is exclusively for those of us who so love the library that we
cannot tear ourselves away from their materials in due time. We will
be revered not only for our dedication to reading, but for our
diligence in coming in and paying our overdue fines.
\"

Planning for Diversity

From the new issue of Today\'s Librarian:

In a community where 93 percent of the population is White, implementing a diversity plan hardly seems a necessity. Especially one that costs tens of thousands of dollars. But administrators at Ocean County (NJ) Public Library saw those in the minority population as an integral part of the library community. Five years ago, they made it their mission to reach out and welcome them . . .

Introducing more diversity into the library had been on Jean Vogrin\'s mind for years. As director of Ocean County\'s Barnegat Branch, Vogrin tapped into minority communities by bringing in speakers and adding ethnic programming . . .

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There is no Genealogy Fairy

Bob Cox sent along This Story from SP Times.com on the great Genealogical volunteers who make all those great resources available.

\"I volunteer because I remember all the help other people have been to me, especially when I first got started. It is a wonderful feeling to know you have helped someone to connect to their roots. It\'s like being a Sherlock Holmes every day.\"

The History of Carnegie Libraries

Glenn A. Walsh has put together an extensive collection of links on The History of Carnegie Libraries.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the man and his libraries, past, present and future all collected in one nifty site.

Library Receives Grant for Helping Those in Need of Service

After realizing that they were underserving the growing population of Latinos in their community, the staff at the Champaign (IL) Public Library decided to do something about it. They put together a grant and recently were awarded the LSTA funds which will allow them to develop collections and programs for the increasing number of non-English speaking residents coming into their service area. more... from The News Gazette.

Does Your Library Have an Information Gap?

The Pawtucket (RI) Public Library recently conducted a survey to determine how they can best serve the public. They discovered that many people in their community have no idea what their local library has to offer. more... from The Providence Journal.

Seattle Telephone Reference

Ron Force writes \"Eric Lactis has a column on the questions asked of the Seattle Public Library\'s trelephone reference:
\"Librarians hold answers to life\'s little questions
Three-hundred-fifty to 400 times a day, your fellow Seattleites dial 206-386-4636 and prove the value of books.

Three-hundred-fifty to 400 times a day, one of your fellow Seattleites starts thinking about something, and soon figures out that ... he\'s clueless. He needs information, and he needs it now... \"


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A New Atmosphere At Flagship Library

From the Washington Post, all about the newly remodeled
Central
library in Howard County, Maryland.
\"You\'ll smell it in the aroma wafting from the coffee bar. You\'ll feel it
as you settle onto sleek sofas, browse the DVD and CD collections, hook
your laptop into the wired desks. This is not your grandmother\'s
library.\"

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Library shelves it\'s books

Sarah Hepworth writes \"A Cornish library is restocking its shelves after borrowers complained that they had read all the books.
Full Story at the Beeb \"


They have now swapped with other libraries or put into a book sale more than 90% of hardback fiction, crime, westerns and large print books, along with paperbacks!

Human chain opens $3M library branch

Phillyburbs.com has This Story on how to spend your Friday.

Head on down to Pemberton, and join in the fun Friday, Oct. 19, when the $3 million library officially opens during a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony. The celebration will feature a human chain of students and residents that will pass books from the nearby Little Red Schoolhouse on Trenton Road into the new building.

Take one down, pass it along, 98 books in the library...


\"We\'re hoping to have as many families as possible participate in the book pass because this will really be a family library,\" Kay said. \"I can\'t wait for everyone in Pemberton to see it.\"

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