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Fifth-Graders Step in to Help Fill School's Library Budget Cut Gap

Budget problems are plaguing schools today, but at Wilmot Elementary in Evergreen, Colo., students are stepping up to help fill at least one of the gaps. Denver's KUSA, an NBC affiliate, reports that when the school's library aide job was...School librarian had kids apply for aide post as if it were a real job.

South Dakota Middle Schools Pull Graphic Novel

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A school board in South Dakota voted to pull a graphic novel targeted at middle-schoolers from its library shelves, giving teachers access to the book but not students.
Students at two Sioux Falls, S.D. middle schools will no...

Iowa Library Votes To Keep Sex Education Magazine On Display

Should this magazine be on display in a library? Credit: Sex, etc.
Iowa parents object to a sex education magazine being given prominent shelf space at their local library. The offending reading matter is Sex, Etc., a journal that deals...

Dewey The Library Cat Gets a Movie Deal, Meryl Streep Signs on to Play Librarian

Vicki Myron has published another children's book about Dewey, the kitten she rescued from her library's drop box. Credit: Hachette Book Group, USA
He grew up entertaining the children who tromped into an Iowa library for story hour, so it was...

Old Books - A New Source of Lead Poisoning?

When you think about dangerous books, what comes to mind? That classic list of banned books, titles like "Of Mice and Men" and "Brave New World?" Or newer controversial books, like the Harry Potter series or "King and King?" How about that lovely...

New Law May Eviscerate Libraries

What if you walked into your local public library and there were no books for kids? Or, worse yet, what if your children simply weren't allowed in the library? I don't know about you, but the public library was an integral part of my childhood. We're...

Uncle Bobby under fire again

Colorado librarian James LaRue has gotten another challenge to Uncle Bobby's Wedding, the book about a little girl guinea pig's concerns that her uncle won't play with her after he gets married. The idea is simple enough -- Young Chloe loves her...

Libraries doing well in poor economy

Have you hugged your librarian today? Now is a better time than ever to at least go in and say hi (you might want to save the hug for another time). Ohio librarians are reporting that libraries are more popular than ever, due in part to a struggling...

Video game design for kids

Video games and kids -- you can argue about whether or not they make a good combination, but there's no question that the latter loves the former. But even if you don't approve of playing video games, writing them is certainly a different story....

Move over, Tango, Uncle Bobby's here

For two years straight, And Tango Makes Three was the top most challenged library book, according to the American Library Association. This year, however, another book might just take that dubious honor away. Uncle Bobby's Wedding is a story of a...

Gettin' jiggy at the library

Some folks think that the library -- a stodgy place filled with dusty books -- is an outdated concept in this era of the internet and computers. I would strongly disagree. In my eyes, the library has always been about being a shared resource, not...

Libraries get loud to attract teens

Unlike those shops in London who use high frequency sounds to chase away children, libraries actually want children hanging around. But as Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills Public Library in Michigan points out, spending an...

Teenager censors school library

I think it's great when kids check books out of the library. It gives them a chance to explore new genres of literature to which they might not otherwise be exposed. Apparently, that's exactly what happened to fifteen-year-old Lysa Harding of...

Pulling the plug, when the cable goes away what do the kids say?

I have been threatening to do it for months. When I hear my oldest start watching G4, I want to throw the set out of the window. Every time I hear my 'tween child turn on the television to watch That's So Raven, I grit my teeth and think, "This is...

Southern Oregon loses libraries

As of April 7, Jackson County in Southern Oregon will have no libraries. Due to cuts in federal funding, the county will close all fifteen branches of its library system leaving many patrons in rural areas out in the cold. This makes it the largest...

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