January 28, 2022

U.S. Public Library News Roundup: 21 Stories From 16 States

Here’s a selection of public library news items from around the country. All of the stories were posted online during the past week except where noted. Our roundup from last week (18 stories/14 states) is available here. 


Athens: Library Seeks $1M Line of Credit (via The News Courier)


Oakland Libraries’ Piedmont Avenue Branch Growing, Expanding at New Site (via Mercury News)

Santa Clara County:  Local Libraries’ ROI Valued at 400 Percent (via Los Gatos Patch)
Note: Here are direct links to info from  from SCCL Report
ROI Study-Overview  ||| Executive Summary


Ford Heights: Impoverished Suburb Has a Library District, But No Library (via Chicago Tribune)

Norridge/Harwood Heights: Now Open: Working Bakery Inside the Eisenhower Public Library
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Johnston Public Library Seeks to End Longtime Partnership with Urbandale, Switch to New Catalog System (via Des Moines Register)


Lawrence Public Library Exploring Digital Options For Readers (via Lawrence Journal-World)


Lafourche: Tax Swap Would Shut Libraries, Officials Say (via HoumaToday.com)


Harford Library Director Named One of Baltimore’s Top 25 Female CEOs (via Baltimore Sun)


New East Boston Branch Library to open in November (via Boston Globe)


Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Has Control Over Library Commission (via Detroit News) 

Flint Library Cuts Staff, Still $275K in the Hole (via M-Live)

New Jersey

Age-Appropriate Transformation Planned for Warren Library Teen Space (via MyCentralNewJersey.com)

Groundwork for West Milford’s New Library is Out to Bid (via NorthJersey.com)

North Carolina

Sherrills Ford Library Construction Begins (via Charlotte Observer)

Forsyth County: Commissioners Debate the Role of Public Input on Libraries (via Winston Salem-Journal)

North Dakota

Jamestown: Library’s 2014 budget OK’d; Deficit Spending for Capital Campaign


Belmont County: Library District Formed (Times Leader)


Flea Infestation Causes Pittston Memorial Library to Close for Three Weeks (via The Dispatch/TimesLeader.com)


Public Libraries, Childcare Programs Get Computers From the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet (via The Republic)


New, Larger Kaysville Library Expected in Two Years (via The Davis Clipper)


Thanks to Matt Weaver for his assistance in preparing this roundup.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.