8 Books for Children That Foster a Love of the Natural World

April 2nd is Children’s Book Day, and with the arrival of spring comes new opportunities for children to nurture their love for nature. There are so many excellent new books for children that are educational and inspiring. There's a story for every child, whether they’re looking for a book that allows them to tangibly interact with nature, learn more about their surroundings, or participate in environmental activism. 

Libraries Benefit Military Children and Families

April is set aside as an appreciation month for military children each year. It’s officially known as the Month of the Military Child, with April 15 designated by the Department of Defense as Military Kids Day, aka Purple Up Day. Purple shows support for all military branches, with all service colors represented. So expect to see Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue mixed together.

The Library is a "Judgement-Free Zone": A True Story

Library workers often take note of regular patrons and try to understand and assist with their routines. Just as a top barista begins preparing a daily customer’s drink when they see that person enter the shop, good library staff are observant, remembering the preferences and habits of their frequent flyers.

Academic Libraries Serve the Public in Surprising Ways

Did you know can probably access your local university or college library for free? Think about college and university libraries. You might picture places of research and study, with students and faculty writing papers and prepping for exams. But these hubs of learning are so much more. They are museums of history, art, and literature. They are places to discover, be inspired, or enjoy a beautiful, quiet retreat. Even better is that countless academic libraries open their doors and resources to the public, with no tuition required.

Idaho’s Digital Library: A Tale of Innovation and Collaboration

Academic libraries in Idaho banded together to create the Digital Library of Idaho (DLI). Ben Hunter, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Idaho, pointed to a strong desire to make various collections available to a general-interest audience and scholars doing research. Not only would the group be open to anyone with an internet connection, but they can also access these materials from one main site, rather than having to go through pages of Google search results.

Tribal Libraries Support Culture and Craft in Native Communities

Training opportunities and entrepreneurial resources at tribal libraries equip artists and artisans with the skills to thrive in the creative economy. 

A Day in the Life of a School Librarian

I am the Media Specialist at the Woodbridge High School Media Center in Greenwood, Delaware. Tag along as I provide books, technology, food, conversation, and beverages to students and staff, field questions, and support requests while keeping the hub of the school welcoming and functioning. And that’s just before lunchtime!

Accessibility and the Library Website

Technology never stands still, though, so libraries keep looking ahead to make sure they stay compliant with General Data Protection Regulation and data processing agreement legislation. They continue adapting and incorporating new options for accessibility into our website offerings while continuing to keep users and website visitors as safe as possible.

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Library

Libraries are unique places to build community, focus on work, and, of course, read! When in doubt, ask your librarian! They’re not just in charge of taking care of a building full of books; they’re trained professionals! You need a degree to become a librarian — it’s a science that requires precise research knowledge, data-collection expertise, and managerial skills. If there’s something you can’t find, your librarian can guide you toward the information you’re looking for!

Bookmobiles Bring Food, Internet, And Reading Materials

Do you remember a bookmobile from your childhood? The large van filled with books that came to your neighborhood just like the ice cream truck, only you didn’t have to nag your parents for a dollar to get something. Bookmobiles may seem old-school, but they are still around and better than ever, offering new and unique services to connect with users. I’d like to take some time to honor these traveling libraries that have stood the test of time.