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United for Libraries News

  • BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Friends of the Shelby (Michigan) Area District Library and the Friends of the Ravenna (Nebraska) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their libraries. Each group receives $1,000 and a plaque from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements.
  • GREENWOOD, S.C. – United for Libraries, in partnership with South Carolina State Library, South Carolina Academy of Authors, and Friends of South Carolina Libraries, will designate the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site in Greenwood, S.C., a Literary Landmark on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.

District Dispatch

  • This is a guest post provided by Nayeli Pelayo, Outreach Manager for the Fair Elections Center. On Election Day, its too late to change unfair and burdensome voting rules. But we can work together to ensure the rules are clearly explained and accurately applied. Fair Elections Center is encouraging libraries Continue readingEncouraging library patrons to participate in democracy through being poll workers The post Encouraging library patrons to participate in democracy through being poll workers appeared first on District Dispatch .
  • Late on September 13 the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released a conference committee report on fiscal year 2019 funding for programs under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee—which controls spending levels for many federal library programs—and the Defense Subcommittee. The news is good: The conference committee Continue readingSubcommittee calls for FY2019 library funding increases The post Subcommittee calls for FY2019 library funding increases appeared first on District Dispatch .
  • This week’s news from Penguin Random House (PRH) represents a new and major development in the library ebook market. Unlike the terrible shift in lending policy announced in July by Tor and Macmillan Publishers, PRH’s change is neutral or even a bit positive for US libraries, although the impact on any specific library will Continue readingEvolution in the library ebook market The post Evolution in the library ebook market appeared first on District Dispatch .

Book Club Central

  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. —American Library Association To celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month, were giving one lucky The post Want to Win a Library Card Sign-Up Month Giveaway? appeared first on ALA Book Club Central .
  • Meredith Vieira returns as the Great American Read hits high gear. You spent the summer reading and voting for your favorite novels, now tune in to see which books celebrities, authors, and other readers across the country are rooting for. Tune into PBS on September 11th at 8pm ET. Click to See What Books and The post The Great American Read Returns on 9/11! appeared first on ALA Book Club Central .
  • A+ Academic Mysteries

    By Shari Randall Ah, September. Many consider this the beginning of the year, with so many returning to school to start the next chapter of their academic journey. What a busy time—especially when you add murder and mystery to the mix. These A+ mysteries will give you a peek inside those hallowed halls of academe, where The post A+ Academic Mysteries appeared first on ALA Book Club Central .