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LAUSD Doubts that Seasoned Teacher-Librarians Can Teach

New Mexico Supports Bond B and other Library Bonds

Library bond issues were successful statewide in the 2014 New Mexico general election on November 4. State General Obligation Bond B, providing $10.8 million for public, academic, public school, and tribal libraries passed by an unofficial margin of 115,211 votes. With 280,177 yes votes and 164,966 no votes, Bond B won with 62.9% in favor, 0.9% higher than attained by library Bond Issue B in 2012. This progress was accomplished through higher margins in all but 10 counties, with the greatest margin gains in Lincoln, Taos, Santa Fe, Mora, Valencia, and Los Alamos Counties.

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How Libraries Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying

Library Marks 75th Anniversary of First Sit-In

On August 21, children from a local recreation center in Alexandria, Virginia, helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of the earliest known civil rights sit-in at an American library.A photo from 1939 that shows several of the men who participated in the first sit-in at an American library. The demonstration pre-dated the civil rights movement by more than 15 years.</body></html>

Banned Books Week Celebrates Comics

Banned Books Week, running September 21–27, offers libraries everywhere an opportunity to celebrate challenging (and challenged) literature and let their communities exercise their freedom to read. This year is devoted to comics and graphic novels, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)—a nonprofit organization devoted to free speech and defending comic book readers, retailers, publishers, and creators—has partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) to create and distribute tools and resources for libraries to use for Banned Books Week and beyond.

Travel Grants for San Francisco

Children in Crisis

Sylvia Cisneros, president of Reforma: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, delivered 225 Spanish-language children’s books to the Rio Grande Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, September 10, as part of the organization’s effort to help meet the social and emotional needs of unaccompanied children from Central America seeking refuge in the United States.

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