May 19, 2022

Public Library News Roundup: 28 Stories From 16 States and 2 Provinces

Here’s a selection of recent public library news reports from around the U.S. and Canada since we shared our last roundup two weeks ago.


Gardendale library seeks funding for new books, additional employees (via


Edmonton Public Library Extends Outreach Workers Project

British Columbia

Vernon: Possibly library cuts a concern (via The Morning Star)


Statewide: Brown’s Library Web Plan May Not Work, California Analyst Says (via Bloomberg Businessweek/Bloomberg News)

Merced: Four library branches to close in Merced County (via McClatchy)

Monterey County library foundation gets $100,000 grant (via KION)

Santa Clara Library District Begins to Provide Access to Episodic Fiction From JukePop’s Self-Published Authors

South Lake Tahoe: Library tax measure on June ballot


Pequot Library officials lobby for $350K in town funding (via Fairfield Citizen)


3 hurt as hawks dive-bomb Port Orange library patrons (via Daytona Beach News Journal)


City of Boise Looks to Fund Options for Main Library Redesign (via Boise Weekly)

Bonners Ferry: $8 million library bond, $100K levy on May ballot (via Bonners Ferry Herald)


Chicago Public Library Increases Broadband Access Through its Innovative “Hotspot at Home” Program; lending service will also include laptops and digital skills training (via Librarian by Day)

Naperville: Idea Lab opens at 95th Street Library (via Naperville Sun)


Budget trumps preservation in library renovation (via ABC Chicago/WLS)


Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July (via Journal-World)


Plainville Library offering email printing service (via

Springfield library officials hope for increased state aid, but pleased to have $204,233 this year (via MassLive/The Republican)


Ann Arbor: Downtown library patrons brush off safety concerns after director raises drug worries (via

Funding cuts force Wayne library to reduce hours of operation (via


Kansas City Public Library Will Launch a Mobile Digital Lab Next Month


Eight Public Libraries Receive Grants from Nebraska Community Foundation (via Republican Valley Library System Blog)

New Jersey

Red Bank library, officials fail to reach agreement on budget (via Asbury Park Press)

New York

Buffalo: Riding the Library Funding Wave (via Buffalo News)

Queens library head Thomas Galante put in nearly 30 hours a week for $114K moonlighting gig (via NY Post)


City library plans $8.5 million campaign to renovate, expand facility (via Lancaster Online)


Appleton Library Unveils Future Site Plans (via WBAY)

La Crosse students hold ‘sit-in read-a-thon’ to save library (via WKBT)

Many thanks to Matt Weaver for his help in preparing this news roundup.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.