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Does Your Teen Need Volunteer Hours? Hit the Library!

Libraries are very flexible when it comes to teen volunteers. There are a variety of projects which teens can help with.

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What I Want My Son to Learn from Libraries

On this, my first Father’s Day, I sat down to reflect on what I would like to teach my son to help him be a good person in his life. Naturally, my thoughts drifted towards libraries, and not for nothing; libraries and librarians have had an essential positive influence on my life.

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Landslide Victory in Hatboro, PA

We are excited that we are finally able to announce another win made possible by our library donors and supporters and the hard work of local campaigners in Hatboro, PA.

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Sign Up For National Disability Voter Week at Your Library

We would like to invite your library to be a part of the National Disability Voter Registration Week this July 15 - 19, 2018. Last year, over 150 libraries in 46 states participated in the effort to reach and register to vote more Americans live who with a disability. We hope your library can become an official NDVRW site this year to help move this important civic and social effort forward.

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Start That Business At The Library!

Are you one of those people who spend all day at your current job dreaming about running your own business? You have a surefire product or service idea… but it’s just an idea. Normal people don’t just start a company, right? And besides, who would even know where to start?

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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Working in the Library

The number of freelancers, solopreneurs, remote workers and independent professionals is growing, and they need a place to work. One study predicts that over 40 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a contingent worker by 2020.

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Libraries and the Business Community: A Success Story

Libraries exist to help people succeed, and the business world is no exception. Many aspiring business owners got their start in a public library, whether through researching how to write a business plan, attending a class on Quickbooks, or developing a marketing list using the library’s electronic resources.

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Tips from a Business Librarian: Are Professional Associations Worth Your Time?

When your business is brand new — or still in the planning stages — and the money is running out, why would you think of joining an association? Shouldn’t that wait until you are bigger and more established?

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Useful Hacks for Making the Library Your “Home” Office

We all know that libraries are typically quiet and peaceful places, home to millions of books for readers of all ages. But over the past two decades, these sanctuaries have been used for much more than just perusing through volumes of publications. With the rapid increase of the gig economy, many freelancers on a tight budget have discovered the library to the be their “secret” office space to focus and get work done.

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Need a Clean, Well-Lighted Place with Free Wifi? Try the Library

If your idea of a public library includes dusty shelves and people getting shushed, you might be overdue for a visit to your local branch.

Libraries are reinventing themselves as vibrant, active community hubs that offer arts and culture programming, workshops, gathering spaces, makerspaces and a variety of materials on loan, including art, outdoor goods and musical instruments.

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