Digital Lites Blog

Libby Launch and Support Model

On Monday August 28th, the OverDrive app will include a link to the Libby app example below. Browse the patron focus group survey results.

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Eclipse Madness : Zombies Might be Easier

Eleven days out we are cutting out extra pinhole viewers and instruction sheets for our eclipse crazed community. ‘”There are so many ways in which eclipse day is going to resemble a zombie apocalypse,” Angela Speck, a researcher at the University of Missouri…

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Netflix: Grant of Permission for Educational Screenings

We know that many of you are as excited about these films as we are; and because of their informational aspects, you’d like to show them in an educational setting — e.g., … with your book club, etc. Consequently, we will permit one-time educational screenings…

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North Korea: A Reading List

The regime will fall one day. Until then, insightful books provide our best opportunities for encouraging education and understanding. Here’s a selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, linked to their Booklist reviews, that allow us to look in.

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PC Magazine Recommends: The Best Kids’ Tablets of 2017

Can’t get your hands on your own iPad? Looking for the top tablet picks to add to library learning tools in the Children’s Department?’s lead mobile analyst reviews “good kid tablets” that are cheap, rugged and protected.

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Millenials are the ones keeping libraries alive

Long live the public library! It’s not dead yet. The internet hasn’t rendered physical reference centers obsolete, thanks to millennials. According to a new analysis of Pew Research Center data on US library attendance…

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PBS Launching the Great American Read in 2018

PBS will launch the Great American Read, an eight-part television series and nationwide campaign that “explores the joy of books and the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved books, chosen by the public.” The initiative is designed to “spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us.”

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Read Aloud 15 MINUTES: Every child. Every parent. Every day.

Forty-six percent of parents with children ages 0-5 read aloud to them fewer than five days a week. Eight percent read aloud less than once a week. Read Aloud 15 MINUTES seeks to change those figures, and with them, the face of literacy and education in the United States.

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Updated Database Spotlight: LearningExpress Library

Have you checked out the LearningExpress Library lately? Browse the WVLS flyer for Library Users or for Library Staff. LLE includes learning centers dedicated to: career exploration and preparation, college prep, high school equivalency, adult learning, and resources...

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Get Your Library Ready to Code: Libraries Ready to Code ALA Grant

Apply now for a Libraries Ready to Code grant from ALA. The grant program, sponsored generously by Google, will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth. A total of 25-50 grants up to $25,000 each are available.

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