The Scoop

  • National Library Week: Monkey Wars

    Imagine there was a movie at your local multiplex called "Monkey Wars: Part 6." Sounds like the greatest movie ever, right? But what would you do if you had not seen Parts 1 through 5? One solution is given in this celebration of National Library Week (April 13-19). Hint: Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries 50% more than they go to the movies. Starring Shad Kunkle and shot in part at Morton College Library in Cicero, Illinois. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 27, 2008
  • National Library Week: People Magazine

    Here's an unpleasant fact: If the cost of People magazine had risen as fast as the cost of academic library periodicals since 1990, its subscription would cost $150 per year. In this National Library Week (April 13-19) video, an avid People reader comes to terms with losing track of Britney, Brangelina, and TomKat. Starring Shad Kunkle and shot at Morton College Library in Cicero, Illinois. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 27, 2008
  • National Library Week: Go Fish

    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 cards. Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19. Starring Shad Kunkle and shot at Morton College Library in Cicero, Illinois. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 27, 2008
  • National Library Week: Vending Machine

    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 do on public libraries. Starring Shad Kunkle. More ALA videos available at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 27, 2008
  • National Library Week: Super Sized

    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 Kunkle and shot at... well, it should be obvious where it's shot at. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 27, 2008
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  • National Library Week: Game On

    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 at lovely Morton College Library in Cicero, Illinois. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 26, 2008
  • National Library Week: Reference Desk

    "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 College Library in Cicero, Illinois. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.

    March 21, 2008
  • National Library Week: Introduction

    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.

    March 21, 2008
  • Interview with First Lady Laura Bush

    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 Chief Leonard Kniffel conducts the March 19 interview in the White House Library.

    March 21, 2008
  • Thomas Paine Literary Landmark Dedication

    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" and an angry letter from Paine to President George Washington. More ALA videos available at alfocus.ala.org.

    February 22, 2008
  • Washington School Libraries Rally

    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 images from the summit and rally, as well as words from the now-famous mothers themselves. More ALA videos available at alfocus.ala.org.

    February 19, 2008
  • Yo, ALA! 2008 Midwinter Wrap-up

    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.

    February 7, 2008