Library Advocates

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Library Advocates

Apr 23
digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

Have you hugged your bookmobile today?
National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. 
Bookmobiles, compiled by Hilary Perez (North Carolina).
Greenville Public Library Bookmobile with Children, ca. 1930. South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Digital Library. 
Greensboro Public Library bookmobile with sides open and a line of children waiting to browse. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Montgomery County bookmobile with five young people and a man, all holding books, looking at camera, 1939. Courtesy of Krisan Gregson. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Newton Free Library bookmobile, side view 1920 … 
… and Rear view. Both photos by Leslie Jones. Boston Public Library. Digital Commonwealth. 
Durham County Library’s first bookmobile, ‘Miss Kiwanis’, with patrons, 1926. Courtesy of Durham County Public Library. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Greenville Public Library Bookmobile, ca. 1930. South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Digital Library. 
Rockingham County Public Library bookmobile. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Bookmobile with Children. South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Digital Library. 

digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

Have you hugged your bookmobile today?

National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. 

Bookmobiles, compiled by Hilary Perez (North Carolina).

  1. Greenville Public Library Bookmobile with Children, ca. 1930. South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Digital Library. 
  2. Greensboro Public Library bookmobile with sides open and a line of children waiting to browse. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  3. Montgomery County bookmobile with five young people and a man, all holding books, looking at camera, 1939. Courtesy of Krisan Gregson. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  4. Newton Free Library bookmobile, side view 1920 … 
  5. and Rear view. Both photos by Leslie Jones. Boston Public Library. Digital Commonwealth. 
  6. Durham County Library’s first bookmobile, ‘Miss Kiwanis’, with patrons, 1926. Courtesy of Durham County Public Library. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  7. Greenville Public Library Bookmobile, ca. 1930. South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Digital Library. 
  8. Rockingham County Public Library bookmobile. State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  9. Bookmobile with Children. South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Digital Library. 

Apr 22
“Library advocacy is one clear-cut way for me to give back in some small way what they have given to me, my family, North Carolina, and our nation. Knowledge is power. Literacy is a gift that keeps on giving. Libraries also do so much more for other people—youth programming, access to technology, work force development, a place for the community to meet, and books—lots of books—in all different formats. We need the continuing support of our legislators to help us keep growing and providing vital services to our communities. Libraries make me so happy that I will dance for libraries. Do libraries make you happy?” Anthony Chow, co-chair of the North Carolina Library Association’s Legislative and Advocacy Committee


escondidolibrary:

Happy Earth Day!
Go Outside and Read!

escondidolibrary:

Happy Earth Day!

Go Outside and Read!

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Apr 21

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Both school and public libraries have played a pivotal role in helping build the joy and love of reading in our children. For this, my wife and I will be forever grateful. I am a library advocate and wish the same feeling of joy and empowerment for all Americans. I want to give back what they have given to me.

Libraries: Our story, our future

Both school and public libraries have played a pivotal role in helping build the joy and love of reading in our children. For this, my wife and I will be forever grateful. I am a library advocate and wish the same feeling of joy and empowerment for all Americans. I want to give back what they have given to me.

Libraries: Our story, our future


“When people can’t apply for jobs or access government services because they don’t have access from home, public libraries must be there for them,” said Linda Lord, a librarian in Maine. “Where else are they going to go? Police station? Town hall? I don’t think so.” Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband - NYTimes.com (via schoollibraryjournal)

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Libraries are wonderful

noctumsolis:

If you don’t think that libraries are wonderful, then you’re wrong.

Who could argue.


“The first thing this librarian needs to understand is that the bookmobile doesn’t belong to her. It belongs to the public, including children.”

Pat Scales responds regarding a ‘conservative’ librarian who wants to keep “Wimpy Kid” and “Captain Underpants” out of the bookmobile that she mans.

SLJ Columnist Pat Scales Addresses Censorship Concerns in Libraries | School Library Journal

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