Banned Books Week

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s PR & Marketing Committee has made available a Banned Books Week media toolkit. Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. The designation supports PA Forward’s Information Literacy work. The toolkit includes a sample press release, social media hashtags, and resource links for your usage.

The kit can be accessed here: [PDF ].

Library Card Sign-up Month

Teen Titans are Honorary Chairs for Library Card Sign-up Month! Crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are teaming up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card.

Read more at the ALA website [HTML ].

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is Coming Soon!

NLLD is a two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress rally support for library issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. For more information, please see the ALA NLLD website [HTML ]

Get Ready to Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week is April 9-15. From maker spaces to safe spaces, libraries and librarians transform communities every day, acting as critical community assets. Visit the NLW Press Kit and find products that attract attention and spark conversation. It’s important to increase awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library workers this April! [HTML ]

Check Out the New STEM-focused eBook Titles in eBooks on EBSCOhost

The State Library recently purchased nearly 400 titles focused on STEM subjects and they are now available in the POWER Library e-resource, eBooks on EBSCOhost. Multiple copies of each title were purchased, which greatly enhances access. Over 12,800 eBook titles are now available for viewing online and many are available for downloading on portable devices such as the Barnes & Noble NOOK, the iPad, and Kindle Fire. Check out the list of newly added titles! To access the eBooks, go to the POWER Library and select eBooks on EBSCOhost. [HTML ]

State of America’s Libraries Report 2015

Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past: [HTML ]

The American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7

Someone is watching your every move. Financial transactions, communications records, media consumption, social networking, and GPS locations are all tracked. But we can’t often tell by by whom. Information should go both ways, or not at all. Visit Choose Privacy Week to learn more. [HTML ]

National School Library Advocacy Video Debuts

“School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian” is a new video produced by Capstone Publishing and debuted at the tenth annual School Library Journal Summit. Watch the video at the School Library Advocacy site at the bottom of the page [HTML ] or on YouTube [VIDEO ]. For more information, visit the site: [HTML ]

School Libraries Make the Difference

More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. [HTML ]

Support for School Libraries Grows!

Huey Elementary School (located in West Philadelphia) reopens its library after being closed for 20 years. Executive Director of WePAC David Florig said that, “We do it because the graduation rate in Philadelphia is around a little over 60 percent and…” [HTML ]

April is School Library Month

School Library Month is the celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. Read more about School Library Month! [HTML ]

An ALA Midwinter Update on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen provided an update on its continued growth on Sunday afternoon at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. DPLA launched in spring 2013 with the goal of being a portal for discovery, a platform on which others could build and, by enhancing data useful to their audience, a “strong public option” for reading and research in the 21st century—not “just a website.”

Pew Report: How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

A new report released from Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 95 percent of Americans agree that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. For more information, please view the report. [HTML ]

Tween Recommended Reads

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year. [HTML ]. View the press release for more information [HTML ]

Make It @ Your Library

ALA, in collaboration with, is offering Make it @ Your Library, a new website tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries! The site helps librarians find projects, grouping them by tools and space, age level, category, cost and time. [HTML ]

Picture Book Month

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the second annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. Contact Picture Book Month with questions. [HTML ]

National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration, courtesy of United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of ALA). The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Contact United for Libraries with questions. [HTML ]

Teen Read Week

A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Teen Read Week was started in 1998. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to “Read For The Fun Of It”. Each year an annual theme allows YALSA to focus on timely topics and teen interests. Teen Read Week is celebrated the third full week in October every year. Contact the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) with questions. [HTML ]

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. [HTML ]

Please visit the Banned Books Week website at [HTML ].

For information regarding Banned Books Week events taking place in your community. [HTML ]

Edge Strengthens Libraries

The Edge initiative is an effort driven by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations to develop a suite of tools that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology. [HTML ]

BookFLIX is Now Available in POWER Library

Watch, read, and learn! BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. [HTML ]