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Librarians Only Please

The 2005 New York Times Librarian Awards nomination forms are available and the purpose of the award is to honor"those librarians whose exemplary performance and outstanding community service have made their libraries friendlier and more accessible institutions." The deadline for submission is September 2, 2005 and all nominees must be a "fully accredited librarian with a [...]

Talk About A "Cool" Project

I found myself getting lost reading about how many librarians in Alaska (Library Staff Describe Life in Alaska) are sharing their news and encouraging people to read, explore, visit and possibly move to Alaska. These  libraries stories are very upbeat and diverse in their coverage.  "Are you considering relocating to Alaska? Then get an insider's point of view! Library staff [...]

The Never Ending Grant Writing Goal

I'm convinced that the words school and grants are synonymous terms ("Where there's a school, there's a grant writer.").  So in my quest to write grants for my own school library, I did stumble upon some links I'd like to share with readers…some of these you may not have in your bookmarks. One of my pet peeves with grant writing is the never [...]

A Library That Lives On

After reading Maureen Dowd's NYT's article, A Woman Who Found A Way To Write, (a sentimental and historical story about her mother who passed away over the weekend) it made me think about the wonders of libraries and how we can keep the tradition of the library alive while we embrace and integrate the digital information age and pass it too along to the next [...]

A Library That Lives

After reading Maureen Dowd's NYT's article, A Woman Who Found A Way To Write, (a sentimental and historical story about her mother who passed away over the weekend) it made me think about the wonders of libraries and how we can keep the tradition of the library alive while we embrace and integrate the digital age of information and pass it to the next generation. Dowd [...]

A Library That Lives

After reading Maureen Dowd's NYT's article, A Woman Who Found A Way To Write, (a sentimental and historical story about her mother who passed away over the weekend) it made me think about the wonders of libraries and how we can keep the tradition of the library alive while we embrace and integrate the digital age of information and pass it to the next generation. Dowd [...]

The Little Library by the Lake

Last week I had the opportunity of visiting the Library in Long Lake, New York during my summer vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. And after sitting for over an hour with Library Director, Emily Farr, I immediately realized two things. First, volunteers can make or break a library and second, the size really doesn’t matter. The [...]

Sight Unseen For Potter Readers

All over the world, fans are buzzing about J.K. Rowling’s latest “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” But after watching a CNN report on blind readers having to wait for their copy, I wonder why the New Harry Potter Book will be available in Braille on July 19th instead of July 16th? Something about this seems just a touch unfair. Although, I’m [...]

Not The Party You’re Thinking Of

Michele Malkin asks the question, "Mommy What's A Rainbow Party?"  And honestly speaking, I didn't know what it was either until I read Tamar Lewin's NYTimes article, Are These Parties For Real?  Malkin's article is based on the controversial and sexually explicit, young adult book, The Rainbow Party by Paul Ruditis. She writes, "The author and publisher pay lip service to the informational [...]

A Short and Sweet One

While researching the Web today I stumbled upon this adorable short story, Animals Should Definitely Not Borrow Library Books by Ron and Judi Barrett.  Hope you enjoy an additional summer reading suggestion. -Amy Bowllan