There is news from the American Library Association; the Woodridge Public Library; Frugal Muse Books, Music & Videos; the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; SirsiDynix; and the Museum of Science and Industry. The American Library Association (A.L.A.), and likely every library in the U.S.A., are celebrating National Library Week (April 10-16, 2016). The theme this year is “Libraries Transform.”
The A.L.A. has been celebrating National Library Week since 1958. On Monday, April 11, 2016, the A.L.A. released its State of America’s Libraries Report.
This included the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2015. The A.L.A.’s Office of Intellectual Freedom maintains a database of books that are formally challenged in libraries and bookstores, as reported by libraries and in the press, analyzes it, and releases a list of the ten-most challenged books.
N.P.R.’s Laura Wagner ran a story about the list yesterday. Most of the books on the list were extremely controversial.
Yesterday was National Library Workers Day. Today, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, is National Book Mobile Day.
The Woodridge Public Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Pam Dubé, who is currently the Deputy Director of the Joliet Public Library (J.P.L.), as Library Director, effective Monday, May 2, 2016, as Morgan Searles reported for Woodridge Patch. She replaces retiring Library Director Susan McNeil-Marshall.
In its April e-newsletter, the Woodridge Public Library (W.P.L.) stated, “In conversations with the Board and the library staff, Pam has shared her interest in working with community members and staff in providing excellent and needed services to patrons. We look forward to welcoming Pam to the Woodridge Library when she assumes her role as Library Director on May 2.”
On its Web site, the stated, “Board President Jay Tiede cited Dubé’s depth of experience and her ability to communicate a clear vision for the Library’s future as reasons for her selection.”
For more than a decade Dubé has been involved with the coordination of operational needs, staff supervision, budgeting and strategic planning work essential to the administration of a public library. Her advocacy work and collaboration with patrons of the Joliet Public Library, as well as with community groups and staff match well with the culture of the Woodridge Public Library.
In April of 2013, she was promoted to Deputy Director of the J.P.L. She had been Manager of Popular Services.
As such, she oversaw Circulation Services, Audio/Visual Services, Reader’s Advisory, and the Internet Computer Center. Previously, she worked at the Fountaindale Public Library as Information Services Librarian, as Karen Sorensen reported in Joliet Patch back in 2013.
“I look forward to working with Pam as she takes on an even greater role in shaping JPL’s future,” said Joliet Public Library Director Kevin Medows, according to Ms. Sorensen. “She has benefited both patrons and staff in countless ways with her steadfast focus on public service values and her knack for making a broad range of library operations function smoothly and sensibly, enhanced by a pragmatism that strives for positive, achievable results.”
Ms. Dubé holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an English major.
There is one day left to sign up for Trivia Night at Frugal Muse Books, Music and Video in the neighboring suburb of Darien. Teams of two-to-five people will answer questions about literature, movies, and music.
There will be free refreshments. The top three teams will win prizes.
Trivia Night is Saturday, April 16, 2016. Questions begin at 6:30 p.m.
Frugal Muse recently introduced a 15% off B.O.B. discount. B.O.B. stands for either “Bag of Books” or “Basket of Books.”
Books in various sections of the store have books “BOB” stickers indicating they are 15% off. Customers can fill their bags or baskets with as many 15% off B.O.B. books as they care to purchase. Books with “DOUBLE BOB” stickers are 30% off.
The address is 7511 West Lemont Road, Darien, Illinois. The phone number is (630) 427-1140.
The exhibit Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars opened Monday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The exhibit is drawn from the J.F.K. Presidential Library’s Ernest Hemingway Collection.
The exhibit should be especially interesting to Chicagoans visiting Boston because of the Nobel Prize in Literature laureate grew up in west suburban Oak Park, Illinois. It runs through December 31, 2016.
“The Ernest Hemingway Collection is one of the Kennedy Library’s great treasures,” stated Stacey Bredhoff, J.F.K. Presidential Museum Curator. “The original materials displayed in this exhibition reveal the fearless and relentless pursuit of the truth that drove Hemingway as a writer. Setting out to bring an actual life experience to the reader, Hemingway originated a style of writing that transformed American literature in the 20th century, and continues to inspire generations of writers around the world. The Kennedy Library has collaborated with the Morgan Library in creating this exhibition: following a successful run in New York, we are thrilled to bring it home and present it to our Boston audience.”
On Monday, April 4, 2016, J.F.K.’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, announced Governor Daniel P. Malloy was the recipient of the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award because Malloy “welcomed a family of Syrian refugees into his state after another had turned them away.” Schlossberg added, “In Profiles in Courage, my grandfather, John F. Kennedy, praised leadership that put country above party, elevated principles over petty politics, and promoted progress before personal interests. Governor Malloy, who boldly condemned the hateful, xenophobic rhetoric that swelled into a chorus last fall, fits that description.”
In a press release also from Monday, April 4, 2016, SirsiDynix drew attention to favorable results for the company from Marshall Breeding’s annual Perceptions survey, Perceptions 2016: An International Survey of Library Automations, published online on January 31, 2016.
“We are grateful for all the responses to the 2015 Perceptions survey,” SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison stated. “Our highest priority is customer satisfaction and we are gratified to find that our customers are noticing a difference. We will continue to be responsive to customer input and look for new ways to deliver even better customer satisfaction in 2016.”
Disney Legend and Imagineer Ambassador Marty Sklar, the only person involved in the design of all eleven Disney theme parks, will speak at the Museum of Science & Industry (M.S.I.) on Sunday, May 15, 2016. [The Museum of Science and Industry is now stylized “museum of science + industry chicago.”] Sklar will be joined by two other Imagineers on a panel discussion, “One Little Spark! A Conversation with Marty Sklar.”
Alfredo Ayala heads Walt Disney Imagineering’s Research & Development project teams. Disney Imagineer Dex Tanksley is a Project Design Manager who oversees the process of turning creative ideas into tangible objects: attractions and rides at Disney Parks.
These two men can also be found amongst the seventy-five Imagineers who contributed to Sklar’s book One Little Spark! – Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering. After the panel discussion, Sklar will sign copies of his book. Copies will be available for sale at the event.
The event will take place on the Main Level in MSI’s West Pavilion. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is scheduled to last about ninety minutes.
Currently, tickets are only available at ticket counters or by calling (773) 684-1414.
For Members, tickets will be $15 for adults and $7 for children (ages three-to-seventeen). For the general public, tickets will be $19 for adults (in addition to Museum Entry) and $9 for children (ages three-to-eleven). Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are $18 for adults and $11 for children.
MSI is located in the northeastern corner of Jackson Park in the neighborhood of Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago. The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.