Photo by David Lee King. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Congratulations to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (KS), 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year.
“The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), KS, is engaged in every discussion in its community. In fact, it is usually leading them. The library is central to local deliberations and changes; creates leaders; and uplifts the community it serves. The way the library has become a major force for its constituents in the city of Topeka and throughout Shawnee County sets a bar for all libraries and has earned TSCPL the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year Award.”
You will also notice some “honorable mentions” at the end of the article, including the Madison (WI) Public Library, just a few blocks from my home.
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If I had a nickel for every time I told myself “you can do this,” I’d be a rich woman.
It’s not a good look! It’s not productive! Continue reading
According to an April report from the Pew Research Center: “Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families.” Continue reading
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Two big items in the news right now: 2016 Summer Olympics, and 2016 Election (and other state and local elections).
Did I grab your attention with this photo? Taken from inside the Ruth Culver Community Library, in Prairie du Sac, WI. I wanted you to see how beautiful the library’s setting is.
Can’t think of a darn thing to write about today.
So I’m just sharing this photo from a road trip of area libraries. You’ll see it again someday in an upcoming “Library Photo of the Month.”
Change is hard. You’ve heard me say it before.
These are tough times for libraries. We’ve been through tough times before and we will be again. But we do need to think about the tough times, how libraries can survive, and how to convince the powers that be to fund them.