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PLA Blog Now at www.publiclibrariesonline.org

Thanks for reading the PLA blog over the past several years! We are closing this site, but invite you to check out our exciting new web presence (PL Online) over at www.publiclibrariesonline.org. PL Online is the online companion to Public Libraries, PLA’s official magazine. Like the print iteration, PL Online focuses on issues and topics [...]

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PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library

At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library ” with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, and creator of the first public library makerspace, the Fayetteville Fab Lab. Makerspaces are innovative spots [...]

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Help! I’m Not a Social Worker – Join PLA’s Facebook Chat today at 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Reminder to join us at 1 p.m. central today for the Facebook Forum – “Help! I’m Not a Social Worker.” Ask questions and share ideas about dealing with the challenges of patrons who need extra service and come to the library to find it. No registration necessary. Just visit https://www.facebook.com/pla.org and join the conversation at [...]

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An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. The open letter states: It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product [...]

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Connect your patrons with indie fiction recommendations from PLA’s upcoming readers’ advisory webinar

At 1 p.m. CDT on Sept. 19, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Alternative Reads: Discovering and Sharing Great Indie Fiction with Your Patrons,” to introduce attendees to the wide array of books from small and independent presses, hybrid publishers and self-published works. Presenters Dedra Anderson and Lisa Casper, both [...]

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PLA Literacy Programming – Quick Survey

Public libraries and librarians play a significant role in literacy programming within their communities. The Public Library Association (PLA) is interested in learning about which types of literacy programs your libraries have offered, are currently offering, or are planning to offer, and the types of literacy programming that you would like to learn more about, [...]

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Literacy Programming @ Your Library

The January/February 2013 issue of Public Libraries will focus on Literacy Programming at the Public Library. We’re looking for feature articles and shorter opinion pieces on that subject. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your library’s literacy programming efforts with colleagues across the country. Your article can focus on any type of literacy programming, [...]

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Connect your patrons with indie fiction recommendations from PLA’s upcoming readers’ advisory webinar

At 1 p.m. CDT on Sept. 19, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Alternative Reads: Discovering and Sharing Great Indie Fiction with Your Patrons,” to introduce attendees to the wide array of books from small and independent presses, hybrid publishers, and self-published works. Presenters Dedra Anderson and Lisa Casper, both [...]

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PLA Facebook Forum: Have Kit, Will Implement – Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition

When: Tuesday,August 28 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Where: Every Child Ready to Read Facebook page Guest: Saroj Ghoting, early literacy consultant If you haven’t used Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) yet and need a nudge—join us for this facebook conversation! If you have used the kit and want to learn more—join us for this [...]

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2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Gathering at the Waters – Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities will be held September 19-23, 2012 at the Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference includes: *Over 70 programs, 40 poster sessions, preconference programs, and more *Opening General Session featuring Sonia Monzano *Youth Author Luncheons featuring: Lauren Myracle and Sharon Flake *Adult Author Luncheons featuring [...]

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