Library of the Year: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

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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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You Can do This!

If I had a nickel for every time I told myself “you can do this,” I’d be a rich woman.

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Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand

OstrichIt’s not a good look! It’s not productive! Continue reading

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Lifelong Learners

educationAccording 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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Elections, Olympics, and Libraries

Two big items in the news right now: 2016 Summer Olympics, and 2016 Election (and other state and local elections). olympic rings

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Library Photo of the Month–August 1, 2016

PDSDid 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.

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Writer’s Block

book sculptureCan’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.”

 

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Change is Hard

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Change is hard. You’ve heard me say it before.

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I Had a Go

These are tough times for libraries. We’ve been through tough times before and we will be again. IMG_0504But we do need to think about the tough times, how libraries can survive, and how to convince the powers that be to fund them.

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A Librarian Makes History

Have you ever heard of the Library of Congress?

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