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February 2018

St. Lawrence County Libraries Offer Award Winning Books for Youth

Every year the American Library Association recognizes books and media for children and teens. The ALA Youth Media Awards (YMA) encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Many of these highly recommended books are available at our St. Lawrence County public libraries. For the youngest of readers, the Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children. The 2018 award winner is Matthew Cordell, illustrator and writer of Wolf in the Snow, a picture book about… Read More »St. Lawrence County Libraries Offer Award Winning Books for Youth

Libraries are Vital to Our Communities

Recently, a local elected municipal official referred to his local public library as “unsustainable”. The quote, during an open meeting, was in reference to anticipated budget cuts in the upcoming year. Another local official in a neighboring municipality recently commented that he didn’t know why the municipality was paying for repairs to the library building. The person to whom he was speaking reminded him that the public library building was owned by the municipality, situated on municipal property, and by a 100-year old agreement, must be maintained by the municipality.   In the first case, the library is one of the… Read More »Libraries are Vital to Our Communities

February is National Library Lovers’ Month

February is National Library Lovers’ Month and Saturday, February 3rd is Take Your Child to the Library Day! Our St. Lawrence County Libraries are active, vibrant destinations for both children and adults.  Our county libraries have about 580,000 items cataloged for patron use. The vast majority of those items may be borrowed and utilized outside of the library by anyone with a North Country Library System (NCLS) library card. Another million items are available through interlibrary loan from NCLS libraries in Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego Counties. On an annual basis, our county libraries host almost 500,000 visitors – people checking… Read More »February is National Library Lovers’ Month