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Kim Johnson’s love of libraries began when she was growing up in the Bronx borough of New York City, as she would often visit her local library and dream about places she might never have the opportunity to visit.

“I’ve been a library user my whole life,” Johnson said. “I have always been extremely passionate about all the ways libraries change lives, so it is exciting that technology has not only afforded us the opportunity to reach more people and made the library more accessible.”

Now she’s bringing that opportunity to dream to young Tulsans.

It’s no surprise she is... read more

The Missouri Library Association has selected the Springfield-Greene County Library District as the 2016 Library of the Year. MLA will feature the Library at the Thursday, Oct. 6 awards reception during the 2016 MLA Conference in October in Springfield. 

The nomination effort was kept a secret from Executive Director Regina Cooper, who learned about the award on Tuesday, July 19, when the MLA called her.

“I was so surprised and pleased to get the phone call this week telling me the Springfield-Greene County Library District is Library of the Year for MLA,” she said. “Although... read more

In an effort to connect library customers with more digital options for education and entertainment, Tulsa City-County Library is unveiling three new services that are free to use with a library card.

Beginning today, eBook readers, future musicians and gamers will have the opportunity to expand their use of library services with more resources... read more

St. Louis Community College has nearly completed a top-down reorganization roughly a year in the making, designed to make the institution more student friendly, while also consolidating some of it’s back-office operations currently spread across its four campuses.

In many ways, St. Louis Community College’s campuses at Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood have traditionally operated as separate institutions.

For the most part, when classes start this fall, the school will be operating under the “one-college” model — essentially four campuses acting as branches... read more

We often use numbers to drive home a point, but sometimes the numbers are the story. Here are a few reported this week.

  • Records were broken all over the Library Center this summer: Self-check is up over 31 percent for the first time. The July 5 drive-up window saw a new, all-time high number of 616 visitors, beating the previous record of 523. In June, Reference Department staff answered 3,415 questions compared to 1,840 in 2015, and they processed 245 passports and took 232 passport photos. Youth Services is on track to beat last year's summer reading participation numbers:... read more

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