Why I Became a Librarian

Two words: my mom. Growing up in various small towns in upstate New York, my mother worked in numerous libraries – sometimes to bring in added income to our family of seven (8 or 9, if you count our various furry family members throughout the years), and sometimes just as a volunteer to help keep […]

Readers for Life: Books and Bribery by Jackie French

Today’s post is guest post from Jackie French  Jackie was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.  She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.  Jackie is a passionate […]

Postcard: Volunteering at the Sandcastle Library in Honduras

Today’s post comes from Cate Carlyle, the ILN Ambassador for Canada sharing her adventures volunteering in Honduras:  Recently I spent Study Break Week at the university where I work volunteering in the Sandcastle Library on the island of Roatan Honduras. I covered my own travel and accommodation costs and used personal holiday time away from work. With […]

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

On April 12, 2016 the beloved children’s author and librarian, Beverly Cleary, will turn 100. She has been a passionate force in librarianship and children’s literature for as long as most of us can remember. How many of us grew up reading Henry Huggins or every Ramona book we could get our hands on? What makes Ms. Cleary […]

Have you been following #blogjune?

Many of us have had the experience of starting a blog, full of ideas to write about – only to find our time and energy dry up. To counteract this feeling, a few years ago, a handful of librarians in Australia decided to get together and start a daily blogging challenge for the month of […]

Cultivating your reading habit

The beginning of a new year is a time when many people make resolutions or set goals for the year to come. So we’ve dug out this post from Leo Babauta at  Life Hacker with 14 ways to cultivate your reading habit: Somewhere after “lose weight”, “stop procrastinating”, and “fall in love”, “read more” is […]