Funding cuts to libraries leads to book shortage: Library asks you to ‘Share the Reads’ to add titles

Over the past six years, state funding for public libraries has been cut more than 25 percent, which means fewer new books have been purchased. The result has been a decrease in books checked out, not only in the AMY Regional Library System but also statewide.

While Avery, Mitchell and Yancey libraries are maintaining crucial services including new computer technologies, children’s programs and partnerships with key service groups such as the domestic violence shelters, senior and childcare centers and after school programs, new book purchases for patrons have suffered because of the funding cuts.

National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 19-25, 2014. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

School librarian Elissa Malespina, 2014 Bammy Award-winner, is the technology leader in her school

In a recent tweet, Elissa Malespina wrote, "I believe that librarians must become the technology leaders in our school!"

Malespina doesn’t just talk the talk and she has the hardware to prove it, having recently received the 2014 Bammy Award in the school librarian category.

Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy Awards recognize those who make a difference in the education of children, not only bringing their efforts to the public eye, but also encouraging collaboration across the disciplines responsible for delivering that education.

How Libraries Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying

Several years ago, a teenage girl approached Kara Watson, librarian at the Carrboro (N.C.) High School for help: Some of her fellow students had added inappropriate remarks to the girl’s unsecured Facebook account during study hall. Watson printed all the evidence, had the girl delete the offending remarks, and reported the incident to the principal.

Before study hall was over, the principal was dealing with the perpetrators.

New Pew Report on Young Americans & Libraries

The Pew Research Center recently released a new report titled “Younger Americans and Public Libraries: How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lived and communities.” This report surveys younger Americans ages 16-29, which they found were three different generations, according to reading habits, library usage patterns, and attitudes about libraries. The youngest of the three generations is comprised of high schoolers (ages 16-17), the next generation is college-aged (18-24), and the third generation is 25-29. Library usage among these groups together is significantly higher than those of older generations with 50% reporting having used a library of bookmobile and 36% reporting having used a library website (this is up from 28% in 2012) within the previous 12 months.

Engaging Adventures with Gamification

A virtual tour of a city uncovering hidden treasures, small engaging ways of improving existing services and a new digital experience at the library – this is what the joint project Gamification – activating cultural dissemination resulted in. A project taken on by three libraries: Guldborgsund Public Library, Aarhus Public Library and Hjørring Public Library in their attempt to involve users in their services more actively. Each library contributed with a sub-project exploiting gamification, a method which draws on known elements from games to create a more active dissemination. An interesting tool for libraries to explore to engage citizens in a different and perhaps more entertaining way.

Long Nights Build Library Use

The idea of an all-nighter might not hold much appeal past a certain age. Many librarians, however, are using all-nighters to build an enthusiastic audience of student users through the Long Night Against Procrastination.

One student at Crozet Library, a branch of Jefferson-Madison (Va.) Regional Library, left a remarkable thank-you note with young adult librarian Allie Haddix about the library's Exam Cram event for high school students: “Because of the services that you have provided, I will study hard and efficiently, get good grades, get into the best college, and change the world.”