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Write to Read project has now built libraries in six First Nations. Former Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Point started the project after visiting remote communities in B.C. "A book is a fork in the road. It’s a turning place. It’s got the power to create a different future," said Point.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons Things may be looking up for school libraries in the commonwealth. Researchers say school libraries across Pennsylvania are still lacking the proper resources, but staffing levels may be increasing in the next school year. In 2011, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association did a statewide survey of 78 percent of the school districts in the commonwealth, and found many programs wanting. Subsequent studies tracked changes in staffing levels - because budget cuts made the state Department of Education unable to follow such developments alone. Mary K. Biagini, associate professor of information science at the University of Pittsburgh, assisted with the surveys. The big drop happened about three years ago with state budget cuts, when about 100 school librarian positions were eliminated.
Forty-eight hours after Siouxland Libraries announced its partnership with a music and video streaming company called Hoopla Digital, the soundtrack from the movie “Frozen” was the most popular item checked out.
Within that period, 177 people had registered to use the streaming digital service with 272 items in circulation, said Heather Stephenson, electronic resources librarian for Siouxland Libraries.