May 24, 2018

Archives for November 2003

Kids Flock to Maryland Library Program

By Kathy Ishizuka Kids are flocking to the Essex branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, thanks to a cooperative school and library program on curriculum-related research skills that keeps middle schoolers coming back for more. It all started in October, when about 250 sixth graders from Deep Creek Middle School in Essex, MD, spent […]

Rutgers Launches School Library Study

By Debra Lau Whelan Rutgers University’s Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries has been awarded $220,459 to study the impact of library media centers on student learning. Professors Ross Todd, Carol Kuhlthau, and Nina Wacholder will examine media specialists, students, and teachers at 10 top-performing schools in New Jersey to track student learning. “We’re […]

Worst-case Scenario for Ottawa PL: Four Branches Would Close

By LJ Staff As the city of Ottawa, OH, seeks to cut $120 million (CDN), the Ottawa Public Library Board has prepared a report that details responses to cuts of five, 10, 15, or 20 per cent. In the worst case, according to the Ottawa Citizen, the library would close four (of 34) branches, close […]

Cleveland PL New State Center for the Book

By LJ Staff Cleveland Public Library has replaced the State Library of Ohio as the home of the Ohio Center for the Book to promote books, reading, libraries, literacy, and authorship throughout the state. The center won’t have its own room or budget; it will be part of the Main Library’s literature department. The library […]

Wichita Bequeathed $500K For Genealogy/History Center

By LJ Staff The Wichita Public Library Foundation received a $500,000 gift from the estate of Lucile and Lawrence Wulfmeyer, longtime library supporters. As the money will be used for the library’s genealogy collection, the library renamed its genealogy/special collections center in honor of the Wulfmeyers. Its collection includes some of the earliest editions of […]

New Haven PL’s Welbourne: Technology Funds Could Help Libraries

By LJ Staff On Nov. 19, James Welbourne, the director of the New Haven Free Library in Connecticut, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet about the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust (DO IT) and its potential value to libraries. The Digital Opportunity Investment Trust (DO IT) would create […]

Erie County PL, PA Gets Budget Reprieve

By LJ Staff The Erie County Council, PA has agreed to provide $800,000 to keep all six branches of the Erie County Public Library open next year, though with reduced hours for the second time in a year. Like other libraries in the state, Erie County is reeling from the loss–still not restored–of half of […]

ALA’s Hayden to Senate: Respect Privacy

By LJ Staff American Library Association President Carla Hayden, submitting a statement to a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Nov. 18, “America After 9/11: Freedom Preserved or Freedom Lost?,” reminded the senators about the importance of privacy. “The ALA has long opposed efforts to censure, control, or to oversee the information sought by the public, particularly […]

Beverly Cleary Wins National Medal of Art

By Kathy Ishizuka Newbery medalist Beverly Cleary was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. Cleary is the second children’s book author to win the award; Maurice Sendak received the medal in 1996. Cleary, who won the 1984 Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw (Morrow, 1983), also wrote Ramona […]

Thurber Prize Returns

By LJ Staff The Thurber Prize for American Humor will make its return as an annual award in 2004 following a three-year hiatus. The prize, which is bestowed by Thurber House, the national literary center named for humorist James Thurber, is to be “conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor […]