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Wise Investors Invest in Public Libraries

Wise investors know a good deal when they see it, which is why so many people who are smart and wealthy love their public library.

That's because the research repeatedly shows that the Return-on-Investment (ROI) for your local library is around $5 (but could be up to $9), for every dollar spent on them.


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5 Ways Libraries Support Veterans

Military veterans are among the bravest and most selfless people in our country. They have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. One of these freedoms is our freedom to access information. Often this information is accessed through libraries.

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The High Cost of Illiteracy

Did you know that illiteracy costs the United States billions of dollars every single year?

In fact, America has dropped from almost 100% literacy in the 1930s and ‘40s to about 50% literacy today says Julie Andrews, director of the California Chapter of the National Right to Read Foundation. This lack of basic literacy skills is one of the largest drains on the American economy.

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What the Heck Is Fake News

Sigh. It’s been years and people still don’t understand what “fake news” is. In October 2019, this was brought to the fore by Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan (video here) — who in my mind immediately became known as “Fake News” Carnahan — when he refused to sign-off on the library’s request to renew a New York Times digital subscription for the public because it was “fake news,” declaring, by way of reasoning, that he supported Trump.

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Teens Make a Difference As Volunteers

Teen volunteers saved summer at my library. With their help, I was able to put on large-scale messy shaving cream painting projects, sign up more families for summer reading, prepare construction vehicle felt pieces for future storytimes, gather ideas for tween programs, and so much more. Teen volunteers lend their time and abilities to the library, making our libraries and the communities we serve all the better for it.

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An Opportunity To Support Libraries in Three States

As the nation’s Political Action Committee for libraries, we have an opportunity to dramatically improve funding for libraries in three states. But we can only do it with your support.

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Artist in Residence Rachal Dugan - "Fun Library Facts" Project Interview

The Secret to the Library of Things

Has marveling about how cool it is that the library lets you check out books for free ever led you to wonder if there was a place where you could borrow other things for no charge too? Well, wonder no more, because indeed there is! In fact, it’s actually not a different place — it’s just the same ol’ library again. Surprise!

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A Library Saved His Life

Ok, libraries are great — but saving a life? How is that possible? Libraries can’t rescue a drowning person from a lake or pull someone from a burning house. So, how can a library save a life?

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Plurality Voting and How to Improve U.S. Elections

What is “plurality voting”? Simply put, plurality voting is the voting method where voters choose only one candidate for a given political office, with the winner being the candidate with the most (or a “plurality”) of votes.

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