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  • National Library Week: Go Fish

    March 27, 2008

    Two card players, fiercely battling over a hand of… Go Fish. But in this game, the stakes are high because these aren’t ordinary cards. “Do you have a MasterCard?” “Mass transit card?” “Myrtle Beach Nudist Club Card?” Of course both players are forgetting an all-important fact: 63% of adults in the U.S. have public library … Continue reading National Library Week: Go Fish

  • National Library Week: Vending Machine

    March 27, 2008

    Do you ever put all of your change into a vending machine, and then wish there were options other than Doritos, Fritos, Snickers, and Skittles? To help celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19), we spin a tale with a very happy (v)ending. Fact: Americans spend more than twice as much on salty snacks as they … Continue reading National Library Week: Vending Machine

  • National Library Week: Super Sized

    March 27, 2008

    Nothing is more popular than McDonald’s, right? Don’t be so sure. To help celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19), take a trip through the information drive-through and see what ends up in your take-out bag. Fact: There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S. – a total of 16,549, including branches. Starring Shad … Continue reading National Library Week: Super Sized

  • National Library Week: Game On

    March 26, 2008

    The spirit of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Pitfall lives in this dot-gobbling, laser-firing celebration of National Library Week (April 13-19). This week’s fun fact: Americans spend nearly 10 times as much money on home video games ($9.9 billion) as they do on school library materials for their children ($1 billion). Starring Shad Kunkle and shot … Continue reading National Library Week: Game On

  • National Library Week: Reference Desk

    March 21, 2008

    “How do you undo nerve gas?” “How do you make rope out of human hair?” “Would you mind checking out this rash?” These are other burning reference questions are answered in this homage to the 7.2 million questions answered weekly by the nation’s public and academic librarians. Starring Shad Kunkle, and shot at lovely Morton … Continue reading National Library Week: Reference Desk

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  • National Library Week: Introduction

    March 21, 2008

    Want to watch those adorable National Library Week monsters over and over again? Here is the isolated introduction, created just for you. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

  • Interview with First Lady Laura Bush

    March 21, 2008

    In an exclusive interview, First Lady Laura Bush tells American Libraries that she will definitely play a role in the establishment of her husband’s presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and talks about how her profession influenced her own initiatives and will continue to do so when her husband’s presidency ends. Editor in … Continue reading Interview with First Lady Laura Bush

  • Thomas Paine Literary Landmark Dedication

    February 22, 2008

    Friends of Libraries USA honored Philadelphia’s American Philosophical Society Library January 14 by naming their Col. Richard Gimbel Collection of Thomas Paine Papers a “Literary Landmark.” AL Focus was there at the dedication and got an inside look at the book vault, a treasure of Paine materials, including a bloodstained copy of “The American Crisis” … Continue reading Thomas Paine Literary Landmark Dedication

  • Washington School Libraries Rally

    February 19, 2008

    More than 100 people gathered at the state capitol steps in Olympia, Washington, February 1 to rally for school libraries. The rally, as well as an all-day summit, was the culmination of the work of a group of concerned Spokane mothers troubled at the cuts to school library media programs. This video presents speeches and … Continue reading Washington School Libraries Rally

  • Yo, ALA! 2008 Midwinter Wrap-up

    February 7, 2008

    ALA visited Rocky Balboa’s hometown of Philadelphia January 11-16 for the Midwinter Meeting, and this knockout video captures much of what made the week so hard-hitting: basketballers, whistleblowers, celebrity authors, catalogers, candidates, cheesesteaks, and more. Yo, ALA: We did it! More ALA videos available at alfocus.ala.org.

  • Q & A with Kareem

    February 4, 2008

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar responds to audience questions at the ALA Midwinter Meeting President’s Program, January 13, 2008, speaking about his greatest basketball memory, the reason he changed his name, how to get reluctant youth to read, his new book On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, and more. More ALA videos available … Continue reading Q & A with Kareem

  • YALSA Gaming Extravaganza

    January 31, 2008

    Librarians at the Young Adult Library Services Association Gaming Extravaganza, held January 11 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, share how they’re developing gaming in their libraries and the importance of creating a “safe place” youth, while librarian/gamer/author Eli Neiburger runs a live tournament and explains the secret of getting 115 boys to come … Continue reading YALSA Gaming Extravaganza