Early literacy interventions are crucial when it comes to making sure children are equipped with the experiences needed to tackle school, careers, and life challenges down the road.

A variety of programs work to make sure that children and their families are getting access to books and resources and do a great job of engaging them when it is important.

Recent studies have even shown the impact when programs work together to accomplish these goals. Researchers combined Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) and Reach Out and Read (ROR) to examine the effectiveness this combination has on kindergarten readiness assessment scores…


Not only are eBooks easy to access, their portability and lightweight format allow people to bring piles of their favorite reads everywhere and hold a large number of books in the collection without worrying about the space. Libraries have played a major role in giving people access to ebooks. These books are loaned out to library patrons just like physical copies of titles and that means community members who struggle with access or even those that just want to try out a new book can easily do so through their local public library.

However, libraries and academic institutions have faced…


Libraries are known for many things like their large book collections, knowledgeable staff, and sometimes even those dreaded late fees for overdue books. Late fees and fines have been used by libraries for a long time to remind patrons to return library materials on time and while many people believe that fines are another form of revenue these methods have not been as effective as people originally thought.

Many are advocating for fine-free libraries not only because they end up being better for the community it serves but also for the library itself. Libraries across the country are starting to…


There are plenty of options when it comes to trying out a new book.

Many people depend on Amazon Marketplace for fast and easy book purchases.

But, many more people are trying to find alternatives to this book giant.

That’s because this tech giant is not always the best option for those who want to be conscious about where they’re spending their money. …


Libraries are well-known for their loaning of books, technology, and resources. But, what about other useful tools and objects that a community might need? It may seem surprising but there are also libraries for that as well!

The Library of Things is just one of the many libraries out there that offer their communities access to random necessities. Those looking for anything from board games to a lawn mower can take a look into the library’s inventory and, most likely, walk away with what they were looking for. A library of things is not as new of an invention as…


Even though, people are surrounded by media, keeping them plugged into all of their social networks statuses and updated with news the second it happens, Americans are feeling more isolated than ever before.

This has created an epidemic of loneliness and mental health issues all stemming from the added stress of being connected yet isolated at the same time. People who are socially isolated are more at risk of mental, emotional, and physical health issues from depression and poor sleep to impaired executive function or substance abuse. But, libraries have been and will always be here to help.

Role of Libraries

Libraries hold…


Libraries have been doing their part to do good for our planet.

Beyond their mission to share knowledge, libraries have been working to be environmentally friendly as well as to be a resource to show others how to be environmentally conscious. In their own way, libraries play a role in helping the environment since books are being reused on a daily basis by community members. Many libraries also take donations from universities, patrons, etc. which helps to give the books a new life. Beyond that, libraries have plenty of resources and well-trained staff members who care about saving the planet…


Now more than ever, educators are putting more value on and recognizing the importance of making sure the content they teach caters to students of all backgrounds. With the population of the United States and school-aged children becoming increasingly diverse, libraries are becoming more conscious of sharing books that students can see themselves in.

Diverse books are becoming more popular by the day and many people advocate for literature that reflects the experiences of all children. Building a diverse selection of books can come with many questions but there are plenty of resources to help guide those wanting to implement…


Libraries aren’t the one-stop solution for everything but they can do a lot to help military families tackle the difficulties that come up.

Military families face plenty of obstacles when it comes to family life, education, job searching, etc. The challenges of being in the military can add up especially when kids and family members are being relocated multiple times a year. This can drastically affect the quality of life and bring up additional challenges for them to handle. …


Bringing younger kids to the library is not always the easiest thing to accomplish.

Some parents might be tempted to leave them at home while they book browse or find other activities to keep them occupied. But libraries are well equipped to handle any toddler that comes through their doors. Making a library trip with your children is beneficial to their development but can also be helpful for you. While there are worries parents have with bringing them to a place that is stereotyped as quiet and strict, librarians have seen it all when it comes to underage patrons and…

PC Sweeney

Libraries, Politics, Sailing! EveryLibrary Political director, award winning political consultant, USCG MMC Captain

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store