Category Archives: ALA

Library Journal Five-Star Libraries!

Congratulations to the following Library Journal five-star libraries! Bee Cave Public Library in Bee Cave, Tri-Community Library in Prairie Lea, Black Bridge Library in Dime Box, and Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings. The D. Brown Library in Rosebud and the Real County Library in Leakey are 3-star libraries. We applaud the hard work and dedication it took to reach this goal. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/category/managing-libraries/lj-index/

Fund Your Summer Reading Program (and Teen Interns!)

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer two kinds of grants for libraries to use in planning their summer reading programs.  The Summer Reading Grant will give twenty libraries $1,000 each for summer reading programs for teens in 2012. The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant provides forty libraries with $1,000 each to utilize teen interns to aid in their summer reading programs. To read eligibility requirements and download an application for both grants, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. Applications for both due Jan. 1.

Dramatic Growth in ebooks at libraries, says Library Journal survey

No real surprise, but the article has some interesting graphics, including what devices patrons are reading ebooks on and changes in patron statistics due to ebooks. The graphics also show the different ways that ebooks have impacted public libraries versus academic libraries. Part of this is that academics have been buying ebooks for a while. But the bottom line is that public libraries are adapting to patrons’ needs, which is a great thing, especially in these lean budget years.

The Westbank Library Wins a National Award

We are delighted to congratulate the Westbank Library on winning the American Library Association’s most prestigious award, the 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for public relations. The ALA has given the Library this much-deserved recognition for their three year effort to build, and fund, a new library while keeping to their mission: One Library; Two Locations. Director Beth Fox and Trustee Lyle Thormann were on-site to receive the JCD Award at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC on Sunday, June 27th. They were honored at a cocktail reception and are bringing home a plaque for all the library supporters! Check out their entry.