November 30, 2015

U.S. Public Library News Roundup: 19 Stories From 15 States

Here’s our latest weekly roundup of public library news items from around the country. All of the stories were published in the past week.

Our roundup from last week (21 stories/16 states) is available here.


Baker Named as Director of Fairbanks Libraries (via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)


Libraries in Shasta County Map Out Plans for Future (via


Morton Grove Library Trustees Still Watching Teen Employee (via Morton Grove Champion)

Naperville Library Finalizing Plans for Director Search (via Daily Herald)

Normal: Library Board to Meet with Town About Possible Spot for New Site (via The Pantagraph)


Clark County: Library Board Lowers Tax Rate (via The Winchester Sun)


Baton Rouge: Library Board Considering Buying Land in Rouzan for New Branch (Baton Rouge Business Times)


Holyoke Public Library About to Unveil $14.5 Million Renovation Featuring 15,000-Square-Foot Addition (via The Republic)

Westwood: New Library Attendance Breaks Record (via


Sterling Heights: Donations from Friends of the Library Reaches $1 Million Milestone (via Advisor and Source)


Duluth City Council Backs Plan to Assess Downtown Library (via News-Tribune)


Old Gulfport Library Building Closer to Demolition (AP via WXVT)


Lyon County: Commissioners Deadlock on Library Board Appointments (via

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Binghamton: Work To Restore Library Funds (via


New $2M Tri-Lakes Library in North Jackson Dedicated (via Youngstown Vindicator)


Bethlehem Library to Cut Books Budget if Lower Saucon Township Drops Out (via The Express Times)


Port Arthur: Library Cuts Force Juggling of Needs, Costs (via The Port Arthur News)


Fairfax County Libraries Prepare for Pilot Cuts, But Employees Say Budget Already ‘Bare Bones’ (via Annandale Patch)

Fairfax County: Library Supporters Fight Proposed Staff Cuts (via Fairfax Times)

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