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I Love Libraries - News, Issues, Legislation, Careers & Advocacy for America's Libraries. Civic Engagement. Join the National Conversation About Mental Health Libraries across the country are invited to join a national conversation about mental health over the coming months.

Civic Engagement

These dialogues will bring people together at large forums, in small-group discussions, in city-wide deliberations, and online. Launched at the White House in early June, this Creating Community Solutions (CCS) conversation intends to increase understanding and awareness about mental health, with a particular focus on young people.

Resources: Lessons Learned. School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit (AASL) The time to deal with library programs cuts is before they happen or before they are even a possibility.

School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit (AASL)

This toolkit provides resources to help you build stakeholder support and true advocacy. It supports your proactive efforts to keep your library program healthy as you work to build the program and to prevent cuts. Ideally, advocacy is a ubiquitous part of library programs and not a last minute effort to save a program in danger of cuts or elimination. If you are dealing with cuts or imminent eliminations, visit the Crisis Toolkit. American Libraries - 10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library. Libraries & the Internet Toolkit. Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet The Internet is a rich and educational resource for information, ideas and entertainment.

Libraries & the Internet Toolkit

No other medium provides us with so much information so easily. At the same time, the Internet has raised concerns about privacy and children's access to information. As the number one point of entry to the Internet outside of work, school or home, libraries, especially public libraries, address these concerns every day. The American Library Association (ALA) has produced this "toolkit" to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their public about how to use it effectively. Visual Arts Resources. Funding State Arts Agencies/Regional Arts Organizations Funding for individuals and organizations.

Visual Arts Resources

Foundation Center The leading web site on philanthropy serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Nonprofit Finance Fund Loans for facilities projects and for other growth-related needs and planning assistance. NYFA Source The largest national database of information on grants, awards, services, and publications for artists in all disciplines. Bookmobile Vendors/Manufacturers - Bookmobiles Wiki. Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. Michelle Harrell Washington Director, Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services 800-545-2433, ext. 5295 Responsible for oversight and administration of the Office's activities and budget; serves as staff liaison for OLOS Advisory Committee, the Office's liaising round tables, affiliates and related groups; guides the office as it provides active consultation, facilitation and training on library outreach issues.

Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

From 'Love Kitten' to child literacy. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CNN) -- At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever.

From 'Love Kitten' to child literacy

"I just wanted to come back to Ethiopia and help children have a future, have hope," Yohannes Gebregeorgis says. Born in rural Ethiopia to an illiterate cattle merchant who insisted upon his son's education, Gebregeorgis had seen a few books in school. But it was the experience of having a book of his own that sparked a lifelong commitment. Today, at 56, Gebregeorgis is establishing libraries and literacy programs to connect Ethiopian children with books. "Most Ethiopian children have only access to textbooks in the classroom," says Gebregeorgis. Acclaimed Colombian Institution Has 4,800 Books and 10 Legs. Donkeys boost Ethiopian literacy. In a bamboo and matting shelter on the edge of the town of Awassa, rows of tiny children are struggling with Ethiopia's fiendishly complicated Amharic alphabet.

Donkeys boost Ethiopian literacy

"Huh - HUH! Hoo - HOO! Hee - HEE! Ha - HA! " The excitement created by the Morse Library’s bookmobile is palpable - Natick, Massachusetts - Natick Bulletin and Tab. Allintitle: bookmobile OR mobile-lib... - Google News. ABOS-Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. Parade of Bookmobiles. Celebrate!

Parade of Bookmobiles

Join the Parade To link your bookmobile's Web site to the Parade of Bookmobiles, send your URL to olos@ala.org. National Friends of Libraries Week. October 19-25, 2014 Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration!

National Friends of Libraries Week

United for Libraries will coordinate the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 19-25, 2014. A Brief History of Gaming in Libraries. National Gaming Day @ your library. Celebrate National Library Week 2011 (April 10-16)!First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contr. Celebrate National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19, 2014) with the theme Lives change @ your library, Honorary Chair: Judy Blume Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis.

Celebrate National Library Week 2011 (April 10-16)!First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contr

Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life. National Bookmobile Day. National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). *STAY TUNED: Even more #NBD2014 materials are on the way! Why We Love Our Bookmobile 2014 Virtual Celebration.

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