November 23, 2017

Reading Is Its Own Reward | One Cool Thing

Whether it’s a summer reading program for kids, adults, or all ages, librarians often debate the appropriateness of prizes; do they take away from the point by substituting external motivation for internal? But in 2016 and for several years earlier, Iowa’s Lake City Public Library found a clever way to split the difference.

Cool Summer Reads: Hit the Beach with These Genre Fiction Favorites

Members of the American Library Association (ALA) RUSA-CODES Reading List Council, which annually presents its picks for the best in genre fiction, are pleased to share their top summer reads.

Katie Cerqua | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

Neither of Katie Cerqua’s parents went to college, but “they raised me to embrace reading, hard work, and education,” says the youth and family services manager at Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL). Growing up near Pittsburgh, two blocks from a public library, Cerqua says that books and programs were always part of her life—and “the thought of other children missing out on that is troubling.”