September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month for American Public Libraries


catlibrarycardThere is no better time of the year than September to sign up for a library card. All next month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries all across the country are celebrating the value of getting a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, then be sure to stop by your local public library sometime during the month of September. If you have one, but know a friend or young person who doesn’t, then bring them to the library to get a card! They will want one to check out books, ebooks, audio tapes, cds, videos, dvds, and access computer terminals, databases and download mp3s—all free!

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Live in Manhattan, Bronx, or Staten Island?

Live in Queens?



SOS NYC Libraries


“If you care about New York, if you care about libraries, if you care about teens and toddlers and immigrants and parents and jobseekers and seniors and schools and literacy and serving the under-served and the digital divide and books and literature and culture, then you should be really worked up about these budget cuts. You should be spitting mad. You should be emailing Mayor Mike Bloomberg right now. Seriously. Mega-Library Advocate Marilyn Johnson suggests categorizing your message under “Quality of Life”. You don’t need to be a New York resident or a librarian to tell our Mayor that libraries are essential.” –Urban Librarians Unite

FOX Chicago News Features Anti-Library Story


Last month, FOX newsperson Anna Davlantes (Chicago) contributed an unfortunate piece of so-called “news” entitled Are Libraries Necessary, or a Waste of Tax Money? They eat up millions of your hard earned tax dollars. It’s money that could be used to keep your child’s school running. So with the internet and e-books, do we really need millions for libraries? Well, Anna, now that you asked! The library’s placement in America as a public domain that houses children and adults, providing them with tools for education and growth, is an undeniable institution that one would likely claim remains integral to our communities. But why take my word for it? Take a look at Why The Next Big Pop-Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might Be Libraries (NPR). Then check out U.S. Public Libraries: We Lose Them at our Peril (LA Times), and since this article was written by Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, you’ve got further reading practically built in! You can find a copy at your local branch library no doubt. I digress. Chicago Public Library Commissioner has promtly responded herself to the above mentioned story. Read the text of Mary A. Dempsey’s Letter to the Editor here.

I’m Too Sexy For My Library: The New Old Spice Campaign Ad Advocates for Libraries


In what is definitely one of the more creative social media ad campaigns I’ve seen lately, users log on to Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit and send a question or a comment to one of the official Old Spice feeds. If the Old Spice folks like your submission, they’ll upload a video response to YouTube, starring the Old Spice Guy, also known as Isiah Mustafa – a former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. This one was made in response to a tweet (thanks wawoodworth!):

On Twitter, @wawoodworth wrote “ATTN LIBRARIAN TWEEPS: Need help getting @oldspice guy to say a few words regarding libraries. RT plz. Thanks.”