“In 1991, when the Lawrence County Library System wanted to add two branch locations, Lynn wasn’t originally considered. The remote farming town of 282 is 15 miles down a winding stretch of Arkansas 25 from Powhatan. Its largest employers are a farm-services company and the small Hillcrest School District, which is about 6 miles south. Library system administrators didn’t think a branch would fare well in the town. But overwhelming support from the town’s residents brought a branch library to the southwestern Lawrence County community, and the Driftwood Library — named for a long-ago community near the Strawberry River — has thrived since.” (via NWA Online)
“Community, education and political leaders gathered Monday at Arlington Elementary/Middle School to celebrate a partnership that is providing thousands of city students new libraries — an effort that could eventually transform learning spaces at two dozen schools. Arlington and the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary are the fourth and fifth schools to get newly renovated libraries built by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The organization had pledged $5 million to build new libraries in high-poverty schools by 2015, but on Monday said it would double that contribution and bring improvements to 24 schools.” (via baltimoresun.com)
“The Macomb’s Bridge Library in New York has just 10 laptop computers. The 61 shelves are crammed with books. The librarian’s office is smaller than most bathrooms. If the four-member staff wants to put on a puppet show or hold a special screening, their options are stacking tables they have up against a wall to clear some space, or taking the event outside.” (via NY Daily News)
“Ford Heights has a library district that collects about $20,000 a year from taxpayers who live in one of the poorest communities in the state.
But Ford Heights has no library. The district was forced to close its free-standing library about 20 years ago when it couldn’t come up with the money to maintain the building, and it was eventually razed. A state-of-the-art library in neighboring Glenwood then offered services for a while.” (via Chicago Tribune)
“The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has released a study showing that in 2011 the economic benefit from Texas public libraries totaled an astounding $2.407 billion, while collectively the libraries cost less than $0.545 billion. The return on investment was thus $4.42 for each dollar invested.”