April 21, 2023

3 Ways Libraries Make an Impact

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In celebration of National Library Week, starting April 23, we’re highlighting some of our favorite library-focused blogs from Cengage Group’s Gale, a global provider of research and learning resources. Gale offers thousands of resources like databases, eBooks, primary source content, eLearning solutions and other digital reference materials available through libraries around the world.

Here are just a few stories from Gale about the difference libraries are making in local communities:

1. Libraries Help Adult Learners Achieve Their Goals

Jenifer Adams has been a dedicated patron of the Healdton Community Library in Oklahoma since she was a child. After dropping out of high school, she always wanted to go back to get her diploma, but life seemed to get in the way. The branch manager at her library told her about the Excel Adult High School program and she was able to complete her degree while working and taking care of her three children. Her library even threw her a graduation ceremony!

Read the blog: Southern Oklahoma Library System Celebrates Its First Graduate

Southern Oklahoma Library System Celebrates Its First Graduate


When 29-year-old Jasmine Edmundson heard that her local public library, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Gale, was offering five Tulsa County residents up to 24 months of online, self-paced programs through Excel Adult High School, she signed up. The mother of six soon learned that she would get another chance to earn her diploma.

Read the blog: Tulsa Resident Earns High School Diploma Through Country Library


Tulsa Resident Earns High School Diploma Through Country Library

Photo Caption/Credit: 29-year-old Jasmine Edmundson earned her high school diploma through a program with the Tulsa City-Council Library. (Courtesy: John Fancher, Tulsa City-Council Library)


2. Libraries are the Heart of Communities

In a blog for National Library Lovers Month in February, Gale gives us four reasons to love our local library. Read on to learn more about how libraries help provide educational equity and foster empathy.

Read the blog: 4 Reasons to Send a Valentine to Your Library


Libraries are the Heart of Communities


3. Libraries Support Young Readers

Learn about ways school librarians are using evidence-based practices, supports and strategies to ensure all students get the reading support they need. Click through to the webinar replay to discover the importance of accessibility from content and format perspectives as well as how vital reading is to academic recovery.

Read the blog: How Libraries Support Young Readers


Libraries Support Young Readers


Six Ways to Thank a Librarian During National Library Week

Gale suggests some fun ideas to raise awareness for and recognize your local librarian. The blog was originally written to help teachers raise awareness for National School Librarian Day on April 4, but the kind gestures would likely be welcome year-round at any local library. Read on for ways to help show appreciation for librarians in your community.

Read the blog: Shine a Light on the Champions of Children’s Literacy


Six Ways to Thank a Librarian

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