Category Archives: Public Libraries

Library Simplified Project

The NYPL is partnering with ten libraries (Alameda County (Calif.) Library
Boston Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Public Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, Kent (Mich.) District Library, New York Public Library, Santa Clara County (Calif.) Library District, and Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library) on a project called Library Simplified.

The goal of the project is to enable users to download eBooks in three clicks.  NYPL received a $500,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant a year ago to fund this project. More information can be found online from American Libraries.

Massachusetts Library System celebrates collaborative contributions of Wellesley Free Library

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) bestowed the first ever Stronger Together Award upon the Wellesley Free Library. The Stronger Together Award celebrates a Massachusetts library or group of libraries, an individual or group of individuals, or a professional organization that contributes to strengthening the Massachusetts library community. Wellesley Free Library was chosen for its contributions serving on professional committees, sharing best practices of progressive children’s services, broad programming to immigrant populations, active support of the Massachusetts eBook Pilot Project and grassroots efforts to support career networking. This work was actively shared widely.

The Stronger Together Award was presented November 3 during the MLS annual business meeting at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Staff and trustees of the Wellesley Free Library were on hand to accept the award. Elise MacLennan, Assistant Director of the Wellesley Free Library had this to say: “We’re so pleased to be recognized! It’s flattering, and it’s also an incentive for everyone at WFL to continue to say “yes” to participating in new initiatives, and to providing the very best library service to our patrons and colleagues, day in and day out.”

“We are pleased to present this award to the Wellesley Free Library because its staff reached outside their traditional community to promote high-quality library services across the Commonwealth,” said Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director.

The Massachusetts Library System, a state-supported collaborative, fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types.  The MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts. www.MassLibSystem.org

Representatives of the Wellesley Free Library receive the Stronger Together Award.

Representatives of the Wellesley Free Library receive the Stronger Together Award.

Community Connections Webinar

Colorado State Library in Session is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, June 17th at 12PM Mountain Time titled “Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections.”

The webinar features three librarians from public libraries  who will share their experience in building community relationships. Visit their website for more information on accessing this webinar.

3D Printing Company to Donate to Libraries

The 3D Printing Company Inventables was inspired by the Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab, and has decided to donate a 3D printer to a library in each state. Zach Caplan, CEO of Inventables, said he is looking for “community gathering places where people with an interest in learning and technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.”

Check out the full article from the Chicago Tribune

Ideas for collaboration between public libraries and K-12 schools

This looks like a good article.

Collaboration Ideas for K-12 School and Public Libraries in the Oregon Library Association Quarterly.

The author notes that “after working for more than 15 years in a public library program that collaborates with schools, I’ve found lots of ways for school and public libraries to work together.”

Nearly 100,00 Philadelphia Students Get Library Cards

The Philadelphia School District merged their student database with the Free Library of Philadelphia system to identify which students did not have public library cards. The almost 100,000 students who did not have library cards are being issued cards.

This partnership is an attempt to address the budget cuts faced by school libraries. For more, read the full article at NewsWorks.

Pittsburgh public schools and public libraries work together on a literacy initiative

This looks like a nice collaborative effort.

Reading is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration Between Public Schools and the Public Library

Public libraries have long supported the literacy goals of public schools in their communities by providing access to printed and electronic resources that enhance learning and teaching. This article describes an ongoing collaboration between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s BLAST outreach program and the Pittsburgh Public Schools that has positively impacted thousands of students by increasing access to library resources while also emphasizing vocabulary, text-based discussion, and writing using both fiction and informational texts. This program can serve as a model for similar community partnerships that have the potential to enrich the literacy lives of students.

Recommended Citation

Genest, Maria T. (2014) “Reading is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration Between Public Schools and the Public Library,” Reading Horizons: Vol. 53: Iss. 1, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol53/iss1/4