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Oct 11, 2021

Wyoming State Historical Society Releases New Book
The Wyoming State Historical Society and its fundraising arm, the Wyoming Historical Foundation, have released a new book, Wyoming History in Art. This full-color book features thirty paintings of important people and events in Wyoming history by the late artist Dave Paulley.  In 1989 the Society and the Foundation commissioned the artist to create the original paintings in celebration of Wyoming’s centennial. A limited number of copies are available; contact the Wyoming State Historical Society at (307) 322-3014 or

Join Library Journal for Library Design Online November 30
Whether you’re looking to revamp your space or plan for future building/design projects, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration at Library Design Online. This free, online virtual event will feature noted architects and vendors in library design who’ll address design trends, spotlight case studies, and answer pressing questions from the field. If your library is facing its own design challenge, submit it by October 14 for consideration as a breakout session focus.

Celebrate International Games Week 2021 from November 7-13
International Games Week (IGW) will take place from November 7 to November 13, 2021.  Libraries of all stripes around the world are encouraged to sign up between now and October 24 and US registrants will be eligible for a drawing for one of three special GameRT Loot Boxes. While GameRT encourages participants to hold a gaming event at their Library during IGW, due to the pandemic, any event held during the month of November can be counted. This year, GameRT will be spotlighting freely available print-and-play games and listing resources available for libraries to use to set up gaming events online at

Tips to Stop Sexual Harassment in Your Library
Your library should already have a policy on sexual harassment in the workplace, but harassment doesn’t always come from coworkers. Do your employees have the tools and trainig they need to handle patrons who behave inappropriately? This article from American Libraries offers good information on this topic, including links to slides and handouts from an American Library Association conference session on this topic.

Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum Available
The Free Library of Philadelphia has created the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum. The materials are available for free so that all libraries can access and implement it with their own staff. Staff will develop skills in identifying neighborhood assets, facilitating community meetings, understanding emerging neighborhood trends, and enhancing the library’s community engagement initiatives.

Preparing for Natural Disasters and Preserving Community History
“How Libraries Can Prepare for Natural Disasters and Preserve History” is an online guide published by Syracuse University. This resource discusses the roles libraries play in community historic preservation with statistics on the sources of damage to collections at cultural institutions. It also outlines steps librarians and individuals should take to prepare for disasters and provides a list of external recovery resources.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Voting is Open
TeensTop Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of  the previous year. Encourage your teens (age 12-18) to check out the 2021 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees in time to cast their vote by October 15. Applications for the next set of Teens’ Top Ten book groups are also now open.

Relaunch of Website and Newsletter announced a relaunch of its highly successful website and newsletter, funded by a grant from the National Education Association (NEA). This resource contains everything related to adolescent literacy: books and booklists, authors, research and best practices, practical tips, and more for families and those working with struggling teen readers or teens whose primary language is not English.

School Library Investigation – Decline or Evolution? (SLIDE)
SLIDE is an exploratory project that will uncover patterns in and causes of the national decline in school librarian positions. Read this informative blog post from Joyce Valenza of Rutgers University summarizing the progress and findings so far of this research project. This project, led by Debra E. Kachel of Antioch University and Keith Curry Lance of the RSL Research Group, will help us understand the factors behind the decline (it’s not all about money) and the students that are most impacted by the loss of high-quality library programs.

Children’s Book Week is Nov. 8 – 14, 2021
Librarians, booksellers, organization leaders, and those with kids at home are invited to join the fun by participating in Children’s Book Week. This year’s slogan, Reading is a Superpower, invites young people to take an active role in celebrating.

ALA Calls for 2022 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award Nominations
The American Library Association is calling for nominations for the 2022 L. Ray Patterson Award.Appropriate nominees for the Patterson Award are persons or groups who have made significant and consistent contributions in the areas of academia, law, politics, public policy, libraries or library education to the pursuit of copyright principles. Nominations will be accepted through November 1, 2021.

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