03/05/2014 - 13:28
Academy Awards 2012

86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2, 2014, and while the award ceremony can be a fun event to watch with the whole family, some of the movies might not be age appropriate for your kids and teens.

Consider using your library’s DVD collection to check out family-friendly Oscar nominees from the past.

Since 2001, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has...

03/04/2014 - 10:49

In this interview, Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, shares his memories of libraries and his views on library budget cuts.

Slack says he has loved every library he has ever been in. In fact, he says, “I have felt if I could go on vacation, it would just be to sit in a library and just look at books....

02/24/2014 - 10:22
Stew in slow cooker

There’s nothing like the family gathering together around to the dinner table for a nice hot meal to beat the winter blues. But between work, school and activities, sometimes sitting done together can be a challenge. Solution: try making cooking together your quality family time.

By using a slow-cooker you can make time to cook together either before work and school, or in between...

02/23/2014 - 10:01

Winners of the American Library Association's prestigious Youth Media Awards have been submitting their responses to receiving the honor via the Youth Media Awards YouTube Channel.

The most recent winner to express her delight and gratitude is Yuyi Morales, winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré...

02/07/2014 - 10:50
Philadephia library advocates sign "Declaration for the  Right to Libraries"

Students, parents and local advocates gathered in Philadelphia on January 27th to show their support for the right of every young person to a dynamic school library by signing the American Library Association’s "Declaration for the Right to Libraries."

The event was held in the Logan Room at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  Speakers included Barbara Stripling,...

02/06/2014 - 16:56

Author David Baldacci, who wrote the best seller Absolute Power said he believes publishers will provide libraries with greater access to e-books.

Regarding the publishing Industry and e-books, he said, “There’s a shakeout period. Obviously I think...

02/05/2014 - 14:42

Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting  & Exhibits in...

01/29/2014 - 15:52
Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Today the American Library Association announced a  new award, the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, which will recognize a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.”

The...

01/20/2014 - 11:46
Coretta Scott King Medal

Monday marks the annual celebration of the life and achievements of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you're looking for a way to share Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with your children, your local library is a great place to start.  In addition to books about Dr. King's life, you'll find books for children and young adults, like the Coretta...

01/16/2014 - 15:47

In this interview, Octavia Spencer, author and Academy Award winning actress for The Help, says that libraries "kind of saved my life as a kid," since whenever the books at her local school library had reached the end of the line because of broken spines, the librarians...