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Audiobooks have been available in public libraries across America for years now and their popularity is only growing. However, checking out an audiobook from a library is not always the perfect solution for everyone. Many people do not have an audiobook-friendly device like a smartphone. There may be barriers for those developing digital literacy skills. There is also the issue of public libraries lacking funding to offer an extensive audiobook collection. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t something libraries can do.

The team at the Galecia Group has worked to develop a service that brings audio stories to everyone: LibraryCall…


Handmade masks donated to Operation HOPE.
Handmade masks donated to Operation HOPE.

During the uncertain times of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a group Chicago Metropolitan Area public libraries have banded together under the initiative of the Joliet Public Library to transform their book returns into drop-off points for donations of protective equipment such as masks, sanitizer, gloves, gowns, and more to be distributed to local hospitals and health care workers.

Named Operation HOPE, or Handing Out Protective Equipment, this initiative now includes over seven participating libraries sending donations to three ppearea hospitals and their healthcare workers. …


We’re not saying you should hop out the door and hit the road right away! But planning a trip with resources from your library can be almost as fun as going on one.

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Have you been stuck at home, flattening the curve as cabin fever rises? The time for travel may not be now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least plan your first trip once you’re free from travel restrictions! And hey, it might help to take a bit of a mental road trip as well as you explore all the different places to visit during the planning process.

Whether you are looking to make a day trip or plan to tour your state — or even the country — once the state of emergency is lifted, there are few stops…


Your local library helps you flex your creative muscles

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Everyone knows that their public library is the go-to spot for finding books, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment. But did you know that your public library isn’t just a place to access content, but also a place offering support for you and your community to create content as well?

Public libraries have long been institutions dedicated to serving their communities in a diverse number of ways, and have entered the modern age with full force. From makerspaces, areas devoted to providing a supportive space and time along with materials to learn and explore creativity through means such as…


For many Americans, the local library is the only gallery, performance space, or collaboration space in town.

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The idea of a “Center for the Arts” conjures up images of everything from cavernous theatres sitting proudly on some prestigious learning institute’s campus to small galleries springing up somewhere downtown offering space to local productions and creators.

But did you happen to think of your local library when considering this phrase?

Libraries offer more than shelves of books and highly-trained reference staff. They also are vibrant community centers serving to help and host local creators, interest groups, and organizations in the creation and display of artistic expression. For many Americans, the local library is the only gallery, performance space…

Edward Engquist

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