News in Brief

Sep 19, 2018

Stand for the Banned Read-Out
Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs, continuous readings of banned and challenged books. Submitted videos may be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel. Suggestions for video content include reading from a banned or challenged book, sharing why a book was censored, or discussing the benefits of unrestricted reading.

Sign Up Your Library to Participate In National Voter Registration Day
Participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 25 is a fun way to get your library involved in voter registration efforts and to train your staff about the library’s role in local elections. Staff will be able to talk about the elections in a meaningful and informative way, and, through the volunteers involved in NVRD, the library will be better connected to local political groups and individuals, reinforcing the library’s significant role in democracy.

October is Health Literacy Month
Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Over the years, libraries, health care organizations, community services, health literacy coalitions, government agencies, literacy programs, universities, and many others have hosted a wide range of Health Literacy Month events. See ideas on how libraries can participate from WebJunction.

Stork Storytime Librarian Toolkit
The North Liberty Library has developed a unique and exciting early literacy program, and has created a toolkit to help libraries of any size to implement the program. Stork Storytime Reads focuses on the expecting family, encouraging the development of a daily reading routine before baby (and chaos) arrives. It offers expecting parents and caregivers opportunities to learn about early literacy skills and connect with resources in their communities, empowering them to be more confident in their roles as a child’s first teacher, right from the very beginning.

DigitalLearn Offers Courses on Finding Reliable Health Information, the Public Library Association’s collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, now features a course all about researching health topics on the Internet. Developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the new Online Health Information course was designed to help learners understand and evaluate health information while avoiding potentially harmful or misleading sources.

5 Types of Probable Supporters and How to Reach Them
The report From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018 reveals that compared to 2008, more voters think of libraries as hubs for connecting, learning, and skill-building. The not-so-good news: most voters don’t understand where library funding comes from, and they are less committed to supporting tax-based library funding than they were a decade ago. Learn how to reach your probable backers and solidify their support.

Voting Open for the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten
Teens all around the world can start casting their votes for their favorite titles for the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten now through Oct. 13 at The voting page, hosted by DOGObooks, showcases all 25 nominees with their respective book covers and summaries, as well as the opportunity for teens to leave comments about their favorite titles. The “top ten” titles will be announced the week following Teen Read Week™, which takes place Oct. 7-13.

IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia
These guidelines help libraries provide services to persons with dyslexia with ideas, examples, and suggestions on how to recognize library visitors with dyslexia, how to approach them and how to improve the library services.

The American Library Association has argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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