May 9, 2021

Public Library News Roundup

A roundup of public library news reports from around Canada and the United States.

Alabama

Official: Proposed $500,000 Budget Cut to Mobile Public Library Budget Not A Retaliation For Drag Queen Story Hour (via AL.Com)

Alaska

Opinion: “Why the [Z.J. Loussac Public Library’s] Alaska Room Closed, and the Anger Over What Was Lost?” (via Anchorage Daily News) 

Alberta

Fundraising: Final Chapter For Calgary’s Library Campaign (via Calgary Herald)

Calgary Public Library Branches in City Core Stocked with Naloxone (via CBC)

Calgary Public Library Hosting “Love Your Library Day” (via Calgary Herald)

British Columbia

Vancouver Public Library Launches Fast Reads Program For Ebooks

California

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2018 One City One Book – The Best We Could Do, An illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Berkeley Public Library Launches Common Space, 12-Laptop Lending Service (via The Daily Californian)

New 22,000-Square-Foot Public Library Facility Opens in Half Moon Bay (via Half Moon Bay Review)

Colorado 

Boulder’s Carnegie Library facing reduced hours, staff under proposed budget cuts (via Daily Camera)

Delaware

Delaware Libraries Launch Library Cards for Children (My First Delaware Library Card and the Super Library Card)

Florida

Broward Libraries Suspend Printer Use Over 3-D Gun Concerns (via Sun-Sentinel)

New Gainesville Hybrid Library and Social Services Center Opens (via WCJB)

Georgia

August 18: Macon-Bibb Commissioners Pass 3 Mil Increase, Libraries Set to Reopen (via WMGT)

Macon-Bibb Libraries Make Doomsday Plans, Library Card Holders Could Lose State Access (via The Telegraph/Macon.com)

State Gives $2 Million Grant to Cobb Library (via AJC)

Idaho

Boise’s Urban Renewal Agency Proposing $15 Million For Main Library (via Idaho Press)

Illinois

Chicago Public Library: Relocated Archive Opens History of Chicago and Its Parks to Residents (via Chicago Sun-Times)

Chicago Public Library Visits Down But Circulation is Up; See Which Books Get Checked Out Most (via Chicago Sun-Times)

Kansas

New Library, Old Funding: Wichita Spends Less on Libraries than Most Cities (via Wichita Eagle)

Johnson County Opens First New Library in Two Decades (via KCUR)

New Wichita Library Sets Record In First Month (via KMUW)

Louisiana

Downtown Baton Rouge Library Repairs Will Take at Least 8 More Months to Complete, Cost Nearly $2 Million (via The Advocate)

Nora Navra Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, Shuttered Since Katrina, Sets Grand Reopening (via TheAdvocate.com) ||| Learn More (via NOPL)

Maine

Online Access to Subscription Content via the Just Launched “Digital Maine Library”, Replaces MARVEL

Massachusetts

At Boston Public Library, Art and Architecture Tours Really Stack Up (via MetroWest)

Michigan

Saginaw: Historic Hoyt Library Replacing 128-Year-Old Slate Roof For $1.2 Million (via MLive)

Salem-South Lyon District Library Undergoing $1.2 Million Expansion (via The Oakland Press)

Minnesota

Duluth Public Library Gives ‘Virtual’ Library Cards to Public School Students (via Minnesota Public Radio)

Centennial Library in Anoka County Closes For $5.8 Million Remodel (via Star Tribune)

Mayor of St. Paul Delivers 2019 Saint Paul Public Library Budget Address

Mississippi

Mobile Library Officials Not Happy About Proposed Cuts (via Fox 10)

Missouri

St. Louis County Library to Offer Virtual-Reality Programs Using Google Expeditions (via St. Louis Public Radio)

Kansas City Public Library Seeks 8-Cent Levy Increase, First in 22 Years
See Also: Library Levy Question: Access For All (Via KCPL)

Nebraska

Omaha Public Library Names YA Novel on Police Shooting as 2018 Omaha Reads Selection (via World-Herald)

New Jersey

Bergen County Library System (BCCLS) Seeks Vendor To Handle Interlibrary Loans (via NorthJersey.com)

New York

State Education Department Announces $24 Million in State Aid for 230 Public Library Construction Projects Statewide

Yonkers: Libraries Discard Reference Books For Extra Space, Annoying Some (via LoHud.com)

Ohio

Main Library in Downtown Toledo Closes For a One Year, $10.4 Million Renovation Project (via ABC 13)

Toledo Lucas County Public Library System Part of a New Program Designed to Help Entrepreneurs (via Toledo Blade)

Two Accused of Stealing $15,000 From Northeast Ohio Libraries (via Fox 8 Cleveland)

Ontario

Toronto Public Library Breaks Ebook Record (20 Million Ebooks Borrowed)

Pennsylvania

Bradford County: New Albany Community Library Ruined by Floods to be Rebuilt (via WNEP)

Texas

Rare Books from the Houston Public Library are Going on Limited Display (via Houston Public Media)

Austin Central Library Named One of 2018’s ‘World’s Greatest Places’ by TIME (via Austin Statesman)

Austin Public Library Offers Cards to Students (via Austin Statesman)

Utah

Equality Utah Organizes Forum Following County Libraries Banning ‘Controversial’ LGBTQ-Themed Displays (via St. George News)

Former Utah Library Director Sentenced To Jail, Community Service After Spending $89k Of Library Funds On ‘Game of War’ Video Game (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

Virginia

Norfolk Library’s New Studio is a Place For Creative Minds to Flourish (via Hamton Roads Business Journal)

Washington

Library Board Names Lois Langer Thompson as Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director

Seattle Pumps $400k Into Digital Literacy Through Annual Grant Program (via StateScoop)

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.

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