September 3, 2014

Star Wars Reads Day: A Growing Force for Literacy

Star Wars fans around the world—from the youngest padawan to the wisest Jedi—along with authors, artists, and costumed volunteers will be flocking to libraries and bookstores this Saturday, October 5, for the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day (SWRD), an event that harnesses the appeal of the popular franchise to celebrate literacy and reading. The day is being sponsored collaboratively by Star Wars creator Lucasfilm’s publishing partners: Abrams, Chronicle, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman.

Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond

Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond

The books come by the hundreds almost daily. Boxes dropped off from yoga clubs, suburban book drives, and schools to be handed out at the Mighty Writers Street Libraries—pop-up libraries recently launched in Philadelphia to offer books to the city’s students and parents who watch as their access to titles diminish.

IMLS Says Libraries Key to Early Learning

IMLS Says Libraries Key to Early Learning

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading today unveiled a new report on the role of museums and libraries in early learning, and issued a call to action for policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to include these institutions in comprehensive early learning strategies.

L3 Pilot Boosts Rural Library Literacy Efforts

Six small libraries in rural Minnesota were recently selected for a year of specialized training and mentoring. The pilot initiative was designed by Library Strategies, a consulting arm of the Friends of the Saint Paul (MN) Public Library, and funded by a $388,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The program, entitled “L3: The Bremer […]

Bristol’s Literacy Academy Bridges Digital Divide

Bristol’s Literacy Academy Bridges Digital Divide

In Bristol, a city straddling the border of Tennessee and Virginia, the Bristol Public Library (BPL) is taking digital literacy training to the next level. The library employs a small staff of full-time teachers, who have made computer training a key component of BPL’s 25 year-old Patricia Freedman Literacy Academy (PFLA). The academy launched as a GED prep program in the late 1980s, and even then, it offered a small computer component for students who wanted to learn keyboarding, said BPL Executive Director Jud Barry. Computers have since become ubiquitous, and five years ago, BPL opened a new main library with a computer lab, where the teachers are available for one-on-one instruction five days per week.

Therapy Dogs’ Presence Steadily Grows in Libraries

Uconn Therapy dog

When it comes to learning, libraries around the country are steadily discovering that a dog can teach patrons, young and old, a few tricks.