Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba

| By Traci Cothran | Inspiration for life-long learning comes from all kinds of places.  Recently my teen got tickets to a music concert by the French artist, Jain. I knew nothing of her or her music, but played my role as the transportation provider for this event.  The show, it turned out, was great—Jain’s … Read more

Resource Offers Works on the Lives of People with Disabilities

| By Gale Staff | Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives features 200 narrative works that shed light on the lives of people with disabilities. The two volumes examine a fascinating set of memoirs and autobiographies written by a variety of authors. Included are works by famous persons such as Temple Grandin and … Read more

Youth Media Award Titles in Large Print

| By Gale Staff | Each year, the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials … Read more

Coming soon to the Gale Directory Library: Passenger & Immigration Lists Index

| By Tara Atterberry | When I was a little girl in Rockwood, Michigan, I spent hours poring over the family photos and documents my grandmother stored in her bottom bureau drawer. I never tired of going through the old photos; handwritten family trees; and birth, marriage, and death certificates. On this side of the … Read more

New On-Demand Video Courses for Public Libraries

| By Gale Staff| Gale has partnered with Udemy, a leading destination for online learning, to offer more than 4,000 high-quality, on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors to the public library. Gale Presents: Udemy delivers course content across 75 categories, so libraries can provide patrons with a personalized learning experience to gain the skills … Read more

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll

| By Traci Cothran | When pop sensation Lizzo appeared on Saturday Night Live in December, her guitarist, Celisse Henderson (pictured at left, below), paid tribute to the late Sister Rosetta Tharpe (at right) via her guitar, outfit, and shredding. But who was Sister Rosetta and what should we know about her? Her career as … Read more

Self-Care for the Busy and Broke College Student

| By Kimberly Hayes | If you’re a college student, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced mental health challenges at one point or another. In fact, one in five college students lives with a mental health condition, and more than half report feeling hopeless at least once in the past year.1 It’s not hard to … Read more

Join the Social Video Rally to Save IMLS Funding

Once again, the president’s budget proposes the permanent elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To fight this, we need your help! We want the president and Congress to hear directly from librarians and library supporters about the value IMLS funding provides libraries and the communities they serve.  So Gale has teamed … Read more

Washington State Library Supports Student Literacy with Large Print Books

| By Gale Staff | Thorndike Press has partnered with Washington State Library to deploy a special collection of 30 large print books to 89 middle schools across Washington State. Research shows that large print text can improve reading confidence and skill level in students—allowing them to develop stronger reading skills. With this new partnership, … Read more

Small Business Resource Center Gets a New Look and Name

| By Matthew Miskelly | There’s been something of a rebranding craze in America over the last few years. Weight Watchers became WW; advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather downsized to Ogilvy; Dunkin’ Donuts is now plain Dunkin’; and Jo-Ann Fabrics lost her hyphen and her last name and today goes by Joann. Gale’s Small Business … Read more