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ALA President Responds to Orlando Shooting

June 13, 2016

“The library community is deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” said Feldman. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the GLBTQ community. “Our nation’s libraries serve communities with equity, dignity and respect. ALA will carry this legacy to Orlando. In defiance of fear, ignorance and intolerance, … Continue reading ALA President Responds to Orlando Shooting


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Orlando Magic

May 25, 2016

Downtown Mamak Asian Street Food 407-270-4688 mamakasianorlando.com 1231 E. Colonial Dr. For a taste of Orlando’s Asian neighborhood, casual Mamak (“mamak” is the Malaysian word for a street food stall) is a lively, inexpensive spot with familiar bites such as crispy spring rolls, Vietnamese summer rolls, and dumplings. But you can also try something unusual … Continue reading Orlando Magic



2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida

2016 ALA Annual Conference Must-Dos

May 2, 2016

Use the Preliminary Program to start planning how you’ll be “transforming our libraries, ourselves” at the 2016 ALA Conference and Exhibition. Focus on the future Join ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries for Library of the Future sessions examining trends in the neuroscience of attention in education (Steelcase), the use of feasibility studies for designing … Continue reading 2016 ALA Annual Conference Must-Dos


Auctioned at the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., this multichromatic quilt coordinated by Rachel Ivy Clarke, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, uses scraps and other fabrics that may have otherwise been thrown away. Group members were encouraged to contribute blocks in colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Raising Money for Students One Quilt at a Time

March 29, 2016

The group is made up of 15–20 active quilters who work in and with libraries—including librarians, staff, trustees, friends, and vendors. By auctioning off their quilts at Annual Conference, they support students who are enrolled or who will enroll in library school. The group was founded in 1998 at the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., … Continue reading Raising Money for Students One Quilt at a Time


Sonia Manzano played Mariam on Sesame Street for nearly 45 years. (Photo: Edward Pagan)

Newsmaker: Sonia Manzano

September 9, 2015

You once mentioned the importance of seeing West Side Story as a child. Could you talk about what it was like seeing representations of yourself in entertainment and what that meant to you? SONIA MANZANO: When I was a kid, there were no people of color on television or in books. And so I grew … Continue reading Newsmaker: Sonia Manzano



2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

2015 ALA Annual Must-Dos

May 7, 2015

Focus on the future As community centers and tech­nology hubs, libraries are always ­forward-focused. ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries presents various sessions concentrated on the ­Library of the Future. Hear experts from Google, Steelcase, and the Long Now Foundation discuss trends in ­libraries and the latest on innovative learning, online search, and literacy. … Continue reading 2015 ALA Annual Must-Dos


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A Taste of Las Vegas

May 29, 2014

Buffets, 99-cent shrimp cocktails, and cigarette smoke-choked “gourmet rooms” once defined the Vegas culinary scene. The goal: Feed gamblers quickly so they can get back to the slot machines and roulette wheels. Not anymore. The city of neon has lured some of the world’s best chefs and restaurateurs, all eager to build their brand (and … Continue reading A Taste of Las Vegas


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Enabling Access, Engagement, and Efficiency

July 30, 2013

Technology, as always, was on display at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Consistent with the strong attendance figures, activity in the exhibit hall seemed especially brisk this year. As the largest exhibition of library-oriented technology and content products worldwide, ALA Annual offers librarians a unique opportunity to review the latest offerings from nearly every … Continue reading Enabling Access, Engagement, and Efficiency


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Tastes of Chicago

June 4, 2013

We Chicagoans love our food. In a town best known for its deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches, we also take pride in our city’s more recent culinary accomplishments, which have helped transform Chicago into a dining destination for foodies worldwide. And while there’s no dearth of restaurant guides to help you maneuver … Continue reading Tastes of Chicago


A Conversation with Alice Walker

May 8, 2013

Alice Walker is a remarkably prolific and versatile writer of conscience. She will always be remembered for her indelible and life-changing masterpiece, The Color Purple, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, becoming the first African American to do so. Walker has written six other groundbreaking novels as well as thought-provoking books for children and … Continue reading A Conversation with Alice Walker