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Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library

2014 Top Innovator: Civic & Community Engagement

Featuring:  Gina Millsap, CEO Topeka-Shawnee

                  County Public Library
                  Lissa Staley, Public Services Librarian


2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm
Newberry Library - Chicago, IL

Nominations Needed: PLA's Charlie Robinson Award  


Please submit an online nomination by December 1, 2014 for PLA's Charles W. Robinson Award.

This award honors a public library director who, over a period of at least seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator, and/or a change agent in a public library. The recipient should have been active in national and other professional associations and be known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the needs of community residents. The award was established in 1997 and consists of $1,000 and a gift to the librarian. The public library director will be honored at the ALA Annual Conference in June in San Francisco.

The online form is at

Toledo Library Early Adopter of Innovative Block Communications Apple Venture


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is a proud, early adopter of The Blade and Buckeye CableSystem's Buckeye1 - an innovative multimedia experience on iPad.

Buckeye1 gives users an iPad pre-loaded with local news, sports, TV Everywhere, and home automation, all fueled by the fastest residential Internet connection in the area.

Customers who sign up for Buckeye1 receive a 50-megabit residential Internet connection and an iPad Mini loaded with apps that include Blade newspaper apps and other apps relevant to northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan -- including the apps from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

"To be included in this innovative Apple venture marks just how far public libraries have advanced in today's digital landscape," said Clyde Scoles, Library Director. "The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has maintained an undeniable and strong partnership dating back to our founding in 1838 with The Blade (first published in 1835), and in more recent times with all of the company's subsidiaries. To be associated with such an innovative first-ever Apple venture is a great source of pride for our Library system."

Read more here.                


World Series Winners? Not Just the Giants...   


Trash talking and bragging rights are good. But this year, library patrons were big winners too.

The foundations and summer reading programs at San Francisco Public Library, Sacramento Public Library, Marin County Free and Mid-Continent Public Library all benefited from gifts from both Giants and Royals fans who work at Kansas City and San Francisco-area libraries.

If you missed some of the coverage about the rivalry, be sure see this story on Fox Sports.

Bring Computer Science to Your Community Through an Hour of Code


Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Thankfully, Hour of Code is working to change this.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Sign up to host an Hour of Code this December 8-14 during Computer Science Education Week, and help reach 100 million students by the end of the year. Watch the video and ask all librarians to give it a shot. Every participating organizer will receive thank you gifts. Add your library to the map, go to


Important NCFL Activities


The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, which will award a $20,000 grant to an exemplary educator working with families in schools, libraries, or other community-based organizations. The second place winner will receive $2,500. Nominations are due December 31, 2014.

Both winners will be announced at the Families Learning Summit
in Houston, TX -- March 16-18, 2015. Keynote speaker Leland Melvin, co-chair of the White House STEM Council, will announce the grand prize winner during the Summit luncheon.


In addition, keynote speakers for NCFL's Summit include best-selling authors and reading and learning experts Donalyn Miller and Annie Murphy Paul. The Summit will offer sessions from our nation's library thought leaders, the 2014 Toyota Teacher of the Year winner and Nashville Public Library leader Liz Atack, and library staff implementing pacesetting intergenerational programming. Register here or contact for more information. Day rates are available. 



Vital Records at San Antonio Public Library


As a result of a city budget initiative whereby several community service centers were closed, a unique partnership was formed whereby the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) would sell birth certificates and immunization records to the public. Find out more and visit the complete Innovations Resource Center.   



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GED Testing Center Opens at Dallas PL



The new GED testing center on the Dallas Library's third floor should make things easier for many. As many as 3,000 additional students will be able to take the GED every year. Partnering with an area gas provider, Atmos Energy, the library will open a new testing center later this month. Read more.    




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