02/23/2014 - 10:01

Winners of the American Library Association's prestigious Youth Media Awards have been submitting their responses to receiving the honor via the Youth Media Awards YouTube Channel.

The most recent winner to express her delight and gratitude is Yuyi Morales, winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré...

02/07/2014 - 10:50
Philadephia library advocates sign "Declaration for the  Right to Libraries"

Students, parents and local advocates gathered in Philadelphia on January 27th to show their support for the right of every young person to a dynamic school library by signing the American Library Association’s "Declaration for the Right to Libraries."

The event was held in the Logan Room at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  Speakers included Barbara Stripling,...

02/06/2014 - 16:56

Author David Baldacci, who wrote the best seller Absolute Power said he believes publishers will provide libraries with greater access to e-books.

Regarding the publishing Industry and e-books, he said, “There’s a shakeout period. Obviously I think...

02/05/2014 - 14:42

Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting  & Exhibits in...

01/29/2014 - 15:52
Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Today the American Library Association announced a  new award, the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, which will recognize a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.”

The...

01/20/2014 - 11:46
Coretta Scott King Medal

Monday marks the annual celebration of the life and achievements of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you're looking for a way to share Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with your children, your local library is a great place to start.  In addition to books about Dr. King's life, you'll find books for children and young adults, like the Coretta...

01/16/2014 - 15:47

In this interview, Octavia Spencer, author and Academy Award winning actress for The Help, says that libraries "kind of saved my life as a kid," since whenever the books at her local school library had reached the end of the line because of broken spines, the librarians...

12/30/2013 - 17:28
Teen at Skokie Public Library gaming night

Two whole weeks without school in session can sometimes be a challenge for parents. If you’re looking for some structured activities to help balance all that free time, help is available @ your library.

Experts agree that it’s important not to let basic school...

12/16/2013 - 17:54

In this interview, Karina Cooper, author of the Dark Mission series, which her website describes as paranormal romance with the gritty edge of urban fantasy, says she made the library her hangout when she was in school.

"I was a voracious reader when I was a kid," she says. "Utterly voracious, and I quickly ran...

12/04/2013 - 13:18

Author David Quammen, whose book Spillover was a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, talks about the value of libraries to his research in this interview.

He recalls using the library at...