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Friday, August 28, 2015

Fact: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, FL, was Hemingway’s home for more than ten years and is visited by thousands from around the world.  The house was built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, and became Ernest Hemingway's home in 1931. The house still contains the furniture that he and his family used. The cats about the home and grounds are descendants of the cats he kept while he lived in the house.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner @LAPublicLibrary, has served its diverse community of Angelenos with dedication & excellence for over 140 years. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, provides programs with a high level of social, educational and cultural services that help people on their path to citizenship, earn their high school diploma, manage their personal finances and access health and well-being services and resources, among others.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner @TheTechMuseum Tech Challenge, an annual program, has had 15,500 students participate thus far. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA, invites visitors of any age to solve problems using technology and design-challenge learning that will inspire the innovator in everyone. Signature programs include The Tech Challenge, an annual youth engineering-design competition where students tackle a real-world problems, and The Tech Awards, a global program honoring innovators who use technology to benefit humanity.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner Embudo Valley Library serves communities from Velarde to Vadito, NM, a pop. base of roughly 8500. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Embudo Valley Library, Dixon, NM, was visited by 17,507 patrons in 2014. The library was founded in 1992 in a rented room with volunteer librarians. Twenty-three years later, the library proudly serves the community in a new, state-of-the-art facility providing public library service, four youth literacy programs, and cultural and economic development opportunities. The library operates a community center and is home to KLDK-LP FM, an all-volunteer low power FM community radio station.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner @nysci was founded at the 1964–65 World's Fair. #FactFriday

Learn more: The New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY, serves a half million students, teachers and families each year. NYSCI presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities that explain science, technology, engineering, and math.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner @CraigAKLibrary started in 1935 with the donation of 300 books. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Craig Public Library, Craig, AK, is located on the western edge Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. The library prides itself in demonstrating how “remote” doesn’t mean “isolated.” Encouraging a lifelong love of reading and fostering curiosity and creativity are fundamental to the library’s core mission. The library will celebrate 80 years of service in 2015.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fact: #NationalMedal winner @museumofnaz's 200 acre museum campus has more than 5mil Native American artifacts #FactFriday

Learn more: The Museum of Northern Arizona, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, houses over 600,000 artifacts in its permanent collections of anthropology, biology, geology, and fine arts; extensive federal and tribal research collections; and significant library and archival collections. The museum offers children’s programs through its Discovery Program and a variety of exhibitions and public programs.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fact: @SchomburgCenter has over 10 mil items & provides services & programs for the US & abroad. #FactFriday #NationalMedal

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Center also functions as the national research library in the field, providing free access to its wide-ranging noncirculating collections. It also sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture. In 2015, the Schomburg Center will be celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fact: @USNatArchives is the home to the Declaration of Independence – a statement adopted on July 4, 1776. #FactFriday

Learn more:  The National Archives Museum, located in Washington DC, is home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights. These three documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more than two and a quarter centuries. #July4

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner @LouisianaKids offers 30k sq ft of interactive exhibits & education programs. #FactFriday

Learn more: Located in New Orleans, the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s has created Play Power, a community outreach program installed in schools to empower children in areas of New Orleans deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina to enjoy learning through emphasis on free expression and laughter. In the museum there is an Earth Balloon, an inflatable classroom that highlights everything from general geography to the benefits of environmental conservation.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fact: @ccpltweets outreach bookmobile adjusted its route to serve more low-income neighborhoods. #FactFriday #NationalMedal

Learn more: The Cecil County Public Library, Elkton, Maryland, is making a critical difference in education, workforce, and economic development by implementing its mission to provide access to educational and cultural resources for all and promote individual and community success. The library’s targeted outreach to lower-income families prevents summer learning loss. CCPL’s Small Business Information Center connects aspiring entrepreneurs to local networks and specialized classes empower veterans to transition to successful civilian lives.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fact: 2015 #NationalMedal winner @AmazementSquare children’s museum has one of the tallest indoor climbing structures in the US. #FactFriday

Learn more: Located in Lynchburg, VA, the Amazement Square museum’s “From Here to There to Everywhere,” Amazement Tower is one of the tallest climbing structures in the nation and the museum spine, interconnecting all four flours and extending even into the roof! An endless maze of slides, ladders, tunnels, and a zip-line, the Amazement Tower incorporates an illuminating staircase and a glass elevator, making it possible for every visitor to experience a unique journey through the museum.

Friday, June 4, 2015

Fact: In FY2012 there were 340.5 million user sessions of public access computers. #FactFriday

Learn more: This is a 2-year decrease of 7.4 percent from the recent peak in user sessions in FY 2010. There were 1.1 user sessions per capita and 227.4 user sessions per 1,000 visits. Many public libraries offer broadband, which can be accessed not only through the library-provided computers, but also through patrons’ personal devices. Although the uses of public access Internet computers may be decreasing, we will be exploring how to capture the many different ways that people use public library wireless access in future surveys. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, May 29, 2015

Fact: In FY2012 there were 271,146 public access computers in public libraries, representing a 1-year increase of 3.7 percent. #FactFriday

Learn more: Almost all public libraries (99.5 percent) offer Internet computers; only 45 libraries that responded do not offer this service. There are in 4.5 computers per 5,000 people in library legal service areas, a 10-year increase of 76.4 percent. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fact:  In FY2012 there were 64.5 million attendees at library programs for children. #FactFriday

Learn more:  There was a 1-year increase of 3.5 percent and a 10-year increase of 24.2 percent in FY2012. Children’s programs at public libraries are among the most popular. Out of all program attendees, 69.6 percent attended a program for children. Attendance at children’s programs per 1,000 children in the legal service area was 711.75. Finally, there were 5.7 million attendees at programs for young adults, a 1-year increase of 6.8 percent. Attendance at young adult programs per 1,000 young adults was 352.8. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fact: in FY2012 more than 92.6 mil people attended the 4.0 mil programs at public libraries. #FactFriday

Learn more: Attendance showed a 1-year increase of 4.1 percent and an 8-year increase of 37.6 percent in FY2012. Total attendance per 1,000 people was 306.0—in other words, for every 1,000 people in a library service area, there were 306.0 attendees at a public library program. Average attendance at library programs was 23.1 people per program. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fact:  In FY2012 public libraries employed 136,851 FTE staff, with 46,808 librarian FTEs. #FactFriday

Learn more: There were 11.3 staff FTEs per 25,000 people in the legal service area, a 10-year decrease of 8.0 percent. Librarians comprised 34.2 percent of total staff, with 46,808 librarian FTEs. This was a 10-year increase of 4.7 percent. There were 3.9 librarian FTEs per 25,000 people, a 4.4 percent decrease since FY 2002. Two-thirds (67.5 percent) of librarians had a master’s of library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate program. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fact:  In FY2012 over 2.2 billion materials were circulated in public libraries, &a 10-year increase of 28.0%. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries have varied collections available to the public, including print books, audio books, DVDs, and e-books. Circulation is the number of materials that have been checked out for use. Public libraries circulated 852.0 million children’s materials, accounting for 35.2 percent of total circulation. This represents a 10-year increase of 25.07 percent. Circulation per capita was 8.0, a 1-year decrease of 1.72 percent and 10-year increase of 16.79 percent. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fact: In FY2012 there were 1.5 bil. in person visits to public libraries in the US. A 10 yr increase of 20.7%. #FactFriday

Learn more: When looking at trends in visitation, it is critical to interpret this metric with caution. The PLS collects data on the number of in-person visits to public libraries, but it does not collect similar data on virtual visitation. Much like retailers and businesses, public libraries have been increasing their virtual presence and their digital resources and services in order to meet the needs of the 21st century public. Read more about the FY2012 Public Library Survey findings:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fact: The 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey reported 98.0% of public libraries outlets offer some form of technology training to patrons. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Digital Inclusion Survey funded by @US_IMLS spans three years, from October 2012 to September 2015. Building on the long-running Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey, the study conducts two national surveys: (2013) September-November 2013 (completed) and  (2014) September 2014-January 2015 (closed on January 13, 2015). Over 5,500 libraries participated in the 2014 survey.  A full report is anticipated in summer 2015.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fact: @lincolnparkzoo is one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the US. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation & Science Department is dedicated to improving animal management and wildlife conservation. Zoo scientists combine expertise in a range of disciplines to identify threats to zoo and wild populations and develop strategies to ensure their continued existence. The zoo’s research and conservation efforts focus on programs in small population biology, applied animal behavior, conservation of wild populations, epidemiology, endocrinology, cognition and learning, and veterinary medicine.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fact: 2014 #NationalMedal winner @naturalsciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast US. #FactFriday

Learn more: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is the state's most visited cultural attraction. It is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world, drawing them into the intriguing fields of study that are critical to the future of North Carolina. The museum also proudly participates in Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fact: @americanjazzkc: Only museum solely focused on preservation, exhibition & advancement of jazz music #FactFriday

Learn more: The American Jazz Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fact: @detroitzoo is home to more than 2,600 animals of 265 species on 125 acres w/many naturalistic habitats. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Detroit Zoo is the largest paid family attraction in Michigan with more than 1.3 million visitors annually. The zoo’s major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Penguinarium and Butterfly Garden.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fact: @MAAHMuseum is NE’s largest #museum that preserves the history of African Americans in New England. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket, has preserved four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century. The Museum treasures its resources and tells remarkable and vivid historical accounts about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fact: @TheMagicHouse museum was created as the first totally participatory museum designed just for children.

Learn more: The Magic House museumhouses 55,000 square feet of exhibits and serves over 550,000 visitors annually. Throughout its history, education has been at the core of The Magic House’s mission. Over 50,000 children visit the museum each year for curriculum-enriching field trip experiences that support classroom learning and meet state and national standards. An additional 25,000 children participate in the museum’s outreach programs that take place in area classrooms, libraries and hospitals.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fact: @MOR_Montana houses some of the most famous dinosaur specimens in the world. T-rex to mention one. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museum on the Rockies (MOR) features permanent exhibits on dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops, regional and American Indian history, as well as changing exhibits that focus on “bringing the world to Bozeman.” A planetarium features shows on the night sky, and a living history farm on the Museum grounds is home to magnificent Heirloom Gardens. In 2010, the new Explore Yellowstone: Children's Discovery Center opened as a permanent exhibit designed for children up to 8 years old.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fact: @MSUMuseum, initiated in 1857,is one of the oldest museums in the Midwest.  #FactFriday

Learn more: The Michigan State University Museumis a public steward for nearly a million objects and specimens of cultural and natural history from around the world. It serves as a major state repository for the Department of Natural Resources (biological collections) and the Bureau of History (archaeological collections) and is the home of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program, a statewide program in partnership with Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fact: @MckinleyMuseum is dedicated to our 25th president & features a historical library, planetarium & more. #FactFriday

Learn more: The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, located in Canton, Ohio, is home to President McKinley’s memorial. Leading up to the monument is 108 steps which many have run up and down. The interior dome measures 50 feet in diameter and is 77 feet from the floor to the highest point. At the top of the dome is a red, white and blue skylight. The skylight has 45 stars in its design representing the 45 states in the Union at the time of President McKinley’s death.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fact: 30% of library users say they know little or nothing about the services their library provides. #FactFriday

Learn more: One challenge libraries face is simply making people aware of all the services they offer. 23% of those who have ever used a public library said they feel like they know all or most of the service and programs their library offers, while a plurality (47%) said that they know some of what it offers. About one in five (20%) say they don’t know very much about what is offered, and 10% say they know “nothing at all.” Full report:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fact: 85% of Americans say libraries "should definitely" coordinate more closely with local schools. #FactFriday

Learn more: The public’s highest priorities for libraries center on kids and literacy. 82% believe libraries should provide free literacy programs to young children, which may include traditional reading, writing and comprehension as well as technology and new media literacies. Full report:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fact: 90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community. #FactFriday

Learn more:  Americans appreciate libraries, especially for the role they play in communities. 67% said closing of their local public library would affect them and their families. Full report:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fact: 50% of American adults now own either a tablet computer or an e-reader. #FactFriday

Learn more: The rise of e-book reading is tied to the steady increase in ownership of tablet computers and e-readers. Ownership of both devices jumped this year during the holiday gift-giving season. But people also read e-books on their cell phones (32% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months) and on desktop or laptop computers (29% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months). Full report:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fact: 2014 #NationalMedal winner @MCPLMO is the largest public library system in the state of Missouri. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City, MO, serves a diverse mix of communities spanning three counties, urban and rural neighborhoods, and 1,349 square miles. Mid-Continent Public Library has made early literacy a priority in its programs, aspiring to stimulate young residents’ imaginations while preparing them to read at grade level. The library has offered a summer reading program for more than 40 years, with options for both readers and listeners. The latter option encourages parents to begin reading with their children at very early ages.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Fact: The National First Ladies Library created first & only online bibliography of America's First Ladies. #FactFriday

Learn more: The National First Ladies’ Library also established the first and only website devoted to the history of America's First Ladies.  There are two facilities of the National First Ladies' Library: the Saxton-McKinley house and the Library Education and Research Center. The Saxton-McKinley was the family home of President William McKinley's wife, Ida, and he and his wife lived in the house between 1878-1891 while he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2009 First Lady Michelle Obama became the Honorary Chair of the National First Ladies' Library.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fact: 2014 #NationalMedal winner @LVCCLD  is the 14th largest library in the US. #FactFriday

Learn more: Compared to other large American libraries, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District ranks second in circulation per capita, third in circulation per registered borrower, and third in total materials expenditure per registered borrower. Data provided in the Public Library Association’s 2012 Public Library Data Service report.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fact: 2014 #NationalMedal winner @chipublib has 80 locations serving diverse neighborhoods. #FactFriday

Learn more: More than 1.9 million Chicago Public Library card holders benefit from free access to books, CDs, DVDs, e-books and downloadable media, online databases, computers, Wi-Fi, and programs aimed at helping all Chicagoans to read, learn, and discover their world through multiethnic, culturally sensitive, bilingual library services.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fact: The Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites, displays the only Archaeopteryx in North America. #FactFriday

Learn more: "Jimbo", a Supersaurus is one of the largest dinosaurs ever mounted, and "Stan", a 35-foot T-Rex and a Triceratops is the Wyoming state dinosaur. Located in Thermopolis, WY, the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites is one of the only few dinosaur museums to have its own excavation site within driving distance.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fact: #NationalMedal winner @SamNobleMuseum hosts more than 10 million objects organized into 12 collections. #FactFriday

Learn more: To improve science education learning experiences available to Oklahoma youth and teachers, The Sam Noble Museum, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, implemented a program called ExplorOlogy, which engages participants at the sixth grade level through high school by partnering students with museum scientists to create the unique opportunity to witness real science. Of the over 54,000 total participants in ExplorOlogy since 2007, more than half have been female, a typically underrepresented group in science careers.

Read more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fact: @PilgrimHMuseum is the nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum.#FactFriday

Learn more: The Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA,houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions telling the story of brave and determined men and women building lives and homes for themselves and their children in a new world. The museum also tells the story of the Wampanoag, "People of the Dawn," the Native People who inhabited the Plymouth, MA, area for 10,000 years before the arrival of the new settlers and who still live there today.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fact: @AudubonZoo Insectarium is North America's largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans, LA, is a 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) facility and has more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements. The garden and insectarium is part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fact: It’s in the stars! @adlerskywatch is the first planetarium in the US and opened May 12, 1930. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Adler Planetarium houses one of the world's finest collections of antique astronomical instruments including sundials, telescopes, astrolabes and more. Some of the oldest artifacts date back to the twelfth century. The Doane Observatory is located east of the Adler's main building and beside the shores of Lake Michigan. In June 2013, the Adler launched the Doane Observatory Teen Docent Program Pilot in efforts to expand programming for young people engaged in hands-on STEM learning experiences.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fact: The American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum, Haines, AK, has over 200 specimens of wildlife. #FactFriday

Learn more: The American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum is dedicated to the preservation of our National Symbol. The museum is located in Haines, AK, close to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and home to the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the world. The museum features live raptor demonstrations, which  include 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Owls, 2 Redtailed hawks, a Raven, a Eurasian Eagle Owl and 2 Falcons.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fact: Scary! @salemwitchmuse is dedicated to witches, specifically Salem Witch Trials of 1692. #FactFriday #HappyHalloween

Learn more: Since 1972, the Salem Witch Museum has told the true story behind the Salem witch trials of 1692.  The main presentation follows the history of witches, witchcraft and witch hunts through the ages.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fact: @IntlSpyMuseum has the largest collection of international espionage artifacts placed on public display. #FactFriday

Learn more: The International Spy Museum explores the craft, practice, history, and contemporary role of espionage.  It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fact: @thewilds w/@ColumbusZoo, is home to 350 mammals, including 31 rare & endangered species. #FactFriday

Learn more: In 2011 more than 50 animals were born at The Wilds (International Center For the Preservation of Wild Animals, Inc.), Cumberland, OH, and they live in natural, open-range habitats.  The property is made up of 14 square miles that includes 2,000 square acres of pastures, approximately 100 lakes, and a 27-acre Carnivore Conservation Center.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fact: The @MarinersMuseum, Newport News, VA, 550-acre park is the largest privately maintained park in the US. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Mariners' Museum has over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with a collection totaling approximately 32,000 objects including rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, and more.  A permanent exhibition, Age of Exploration, chronicles the developments in shipbuilding, ocean navigation, and cartography that made the voyages of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries possible. The park has a five-mile of shoreline trail with fourteen bridges.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fact: @PDXArtMuseum, est. 1892, is one of the oldest (7th) art museums in the US & the oldest in the #PNW. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, includes a collection of 42,000 objects and reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America; modern and contemporary art; Asian and American art; photographs, prints, and drawings; and English silver.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fact: @WartherMuseum, is home to over 64 model trains made from wood & ivory all carved to exacting detail. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Warther Museum is dedicated to Ernest “Mooney” Warther (1885-1973), the world’s master carver. Carving was a hobby, and he made is living making kitchen cutlery.  The museum grounds is also home to the Button House where Freida, Mooney’s wife, collected and mounted over 70,000 buttons. The Warther family continues the tradition of carving wooden pliers out of one piece of wood as Mooney had begun many years ago.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fact: Arrr! @ThePirateMuseum in St. Augustine, FL, displays one of world’s oldest Wanted Posters. #FactFriday #ITLAPD

Learn more: The original poster (1696) from the King of England demands the capture of pirate Henry Every, also known as the Arch Pirate. The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum has more than 800 unique artifacts when Pirates ruled the seas during the Golden Age of Piracy.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fact: @Studebaker05in South Bend, IN, has 120 vehicles in the collection. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Studebaker National Museum includes the Studebaker Corporation’s “original collection” of 37 vehicles that were given to the City of South Bend in 1966. The museum displays approximately 70 vehicles at any time, with an additional 40 vehicles are kept in “visible storage” in the museum’s lower level. The collection features several one-of-a-kind vehicles including the 1956 Packard Predictor and the 1934 Bendix SWC.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fact: @mysticaquarium is home to one of the nation’s largest outdoor beluga whale habitats. #FactFriday #NationalMedal

Learn more:  The Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT, maintains a diverse collection of more than 4,000 animals, including fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and marine mammals. Species represented at the aquarium include beluga whales, Steller sea lions, and African penguins. The Mystic Aquarium has developed authentic, hands-on, technology-rich science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities and training to illustrate various career pathways in STEM. The Mystic Aquarium is the largest informal science education provider in Connecticut and Southeastern New England, reaching 100,000 students annually.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fact: The Great Hall in the @BuildingMuseum, Washington DC, is 316’ by 116’, & 159’ at its highest point. #FactFriday

Learn more:  The National Building Museum, built in the late 1800s (1882-1887), used 15,500,000 bricks with brick and terra cotta ornament.  The Corinthian Columns are 75 feet high, 8 feet in diameter, 25 feet in circumference. Each built with 70,000 bricks and originally painted to resemble marble in 1895.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fact:  #NationalMedal winner @bklynbotanic connects more than 750,000 visitors annually to the world of plants. #FactFriday

Learn more:  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also engages more than 200,000 children, teachers, and diverse local neighborhood residents per year through education and community-based programs, with generations visiting the garden regularly as part of growing up in Brooklyn.  The world-class collections provide unique opportunities for public environmental education. More than 12,000 plant species and cultivated varieties, including nearly 300 rare or endangered species, are displayed in 13 distinct garden settings and five indoor, controlled conservancy environments.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fact: @CarnegieMNH, Pittsburgh, PA, has 22 million specimens. #FactFriday

Learn more: Of these 22 million specimens, 10,000 are on view at any given time in 20 galleries. The museum has 113,000 sq. ft. of gallery, research, library, and office space. Researchers worldwide use data and images of nearly one million objects in the museum’s collection which are cataloged in online databases.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, the number of public librarians has remained stable over 10 years, averaging 4.0 public librarians per 25,000 people. #FactFriday

Learn more:  Librarians comprise one-third of the overall public library staff.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries saw a decrease in the # of full-time equivalent staff since the recession. #FactFriday

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fact: In FY11, there were 261,413 public access Internet computers available at public libraries in the US. #FactFriday

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Fact: In FY11, there were 3.8 mil programs offered at public libraries, an increase of 46.7% since FY04. #FactFriday

Learn more: Most programs (70.0%) were targeted to children.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries had an increase in # of collection materials – 3,164.1 materials per capita. #FactFriday

Learn more: Although books continue to comprise the majority of the nation’s public library collection holdings, public library collections continue to shift from print books to non-print and digital materials.

Friday, Jun 27, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries had an increase in # of collection materials – 3,164.1 materials per capita. #FactFriday

Learn more: Although books continue to comprise the majority of the nation’s public library collection holdings, public library collections continue to shift from print books to non-print and digital materials.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries spent $10.7 billion in operating expenditures, a 10-year increase of 9.2%. #FactFriday

Learn more: Operating expenditures per capita was $32.28. Two-thirds of library operating expenditures went to support the workforce through salaries and benefits.  Expenditures on electronic materials and staff benefits increased from FY 2010.

Friday, Jun 13, 2014

Fact: In FY11, the public invested over $11.4 billion to public libraries. #Fact Friday

Learn more:  Although this is a 10-year increase of 8.5%, revenue has decreased by 3.8% since the recession in FY 2008. Revenue per capita for public libraries was $38.09, a decrease of 1.8% from FY 2010.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fact: In FY11, there were 341.5 mil usage sessions on public access Internet computers at public libraries. #FactFriday

Learn more: This is a decrease of 7.2% since FY 2006.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, attendance at public library programs has increased for the eighth year.  #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries reported 89.0 million people attending 3.81 million programs. This is a 32.3% increase in attendance and 46.7% increase in the number of programs since FY 2004.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries circulated 2.44 billion materials, a 10-year increase of 29.0%.#FactFriday

Learn more: There were 8.1 materials circulated per person. One-third of circulated materials (34.5%) were children’s materials.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, there were 8,956 public libraries in the US, which served 299.9 million people (95.3% of the US population). #FactFriday

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fact: There are 10 key ways in which museum/libraries are supporting a strong start for #EarlyLearning. #FactFriday

Learn more: The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, describes and gives examples on how each way works to leverage the unique assets that libraries and museums offer to nurture the passion and skills for learning, promote seamless linkages between formal and informal learning, and engage children from low-income families so that they, too, can participate in the new learning landscape.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fact: In FY11 6,909 public libraries (77.1%) in the US that had a legal service area population of < 25,000 #FactFriday

Learn more: Most small libraries (74.8%) had a service population of less than 10,000. Overall, small libraries served a population of 46.0 million people, 15.4% of the total population served by public libraries. Most small public libraries were in towns (25.3%) or rural areas (56.3%). Perhaps not surprisingly, very few small public libraries are in cities (0.4%).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fact: In FY 2013, IMLS awarded $78.3 million in grants to support lifelong learning. #FactFriday

Learn more: The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, provides dozens of examples and identifies 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. Libraries and museums are trusted, welcoming places where children make discoveries, deepen common interests, expand words and knowledge, and connect their natural curiosity to the wider world.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fact: Rural libraries had $1.09 billion in total revenue in FY2011, a one-year decrease of 3.4%.

Learn more: The median revenue for rural libraries overall was $69,215. However, there was wide variability across rural libraries, ranging from $0 to $20.4 million, and there is a significant relationship between the size of a library’s service area population and revenue (r = 0.84), with eight rural libraries serving populations in excess of 250,000 people.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fact: Kids in affluent homes are 3x more likely to visit a library/museum than those in low income homes. #FactFriday

Learn more: In August 2013 IMLS released findings about kindergarteners’ use of libraries and museums. The good news is that use is strong with about half of all parents reporting that they had visited libraries and/or museums. However, the most powerful predictor of visitation was socioeconomic status. Children living in the most affluent households were three times more likely to visit a library or a museum than children living in the most impoverished households. A complete report is due out next year.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fact: Small and rural libraries make up the majority of public library systems in the United States (80.5%). #FactFriday

Learn more: Rural and small public libraries provide a variety of critical services and information resources to meet the needs of residents across the United States. Recognizing the unique needs of rural communities, state governments and federal agencies1 support targeted programs to promote social and economic development.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fact: The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Smithsonian includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo. They are located in the Washington, DC metro area and two are in New York City. Most are free and open every day except December 25.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, there were 167.6 million recorded visits to rural public libraries. #FactFriday

Learn more: Median visitation to rural public libraries was 11,282. Average visitation per capita at rural public libraries was 6.7 visits per year; the average visitation per capita at rural remote libraries was 7.6 visits per year.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fact: Dee, a Columbian Mammoth, was 65 to 70 when he died approximately 11,600 years ago. #FactFriday

Learn more: January 2013 Project Profile. In March 2006, backhoe operator Dee Zimmerscheid uncovered huge bones as he prepared an oil well site on the Allemand Ranch outside Glenrock, Wyoming. Given Wyoming’s exceptional fossil history, Dee and site supervisor Bill Allen realized the find could be significant. They contacted the landowners, who brought in the Tate Geological Museum’s curator, Dr. Kent Sundell. Dr. Sundell identified the remains as mammoth bones. The oil companies involved moved the well to allow excavation and the landowners generously donated the skeleton to the museum. The mammoth was named Dee, in honor of his discoverer, Mr. Zimmerscheid.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fact: There are Thirteen Presidential Libraries & Museums in the US administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries. #FactFriday

Learn More: The presidential library system is made up of thirteen presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Presidential Libraries offer programs that provide a different perspective on history and the Presidency. Presidential Libraries are repositories for the papers, records and historical materials of the Presidents. The Presidential Libraries work to ensure that these irreplaceable items are preserved and made available for the widest possible use by researchers.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fact: In February the @letsmove initiative turns four years old. @FLOTUS will be celebrating, and so will IMLS! #FactFriday

Learn more: Let’s Move! is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food. It aims to support healthy children and families. Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers can join the call to action.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Fact: The FCC estimates that more than 60 million people lack the digital literacy skills they need. #FactFriday 

Learn more: The FCC estimates that more than 60 million people lack the digital literacy skills they need. Our work on digital communities reached an important milestone when WebJunction released an IMLS-supported State Library Guidebook: Support for Digital Literacy in Public Libraries to help libraries explore potential state-level investments and partnerships that advance digital literacy efforts. See page 9 of the IMLS 2013 Annual Report:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fact: The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months. @pewresearch #FactFriday

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Fact: In 2011, the production of arts and cultural goods and services employed 2 million workers. #FactFriday

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Fact: In 2011, the United States exported $10.4 billion more ACP commodities than it imported.  #FactFriday

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Fact: The arts suffered more than the overall economy during the great recession of 2007-2009. #FactFriday

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Fact: In 2011, the gross output of ACP was $916 bil. Advertising output held largest share of ACP w/$200 bil. #FactFriday

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Fact: In 2011, value added from arts & cultural production (ACP) accounted for nearly 3.2%, or $504 bil, of GDP. #FactFriday

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Fact: Museums receive approximately 55 million visits each year from students in school groups. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Partner with Schools: Museums receive approximately 55 million visits each year from students in school groups. For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: Facts:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 Public libraries lost staff. Since FY2008, staff decreased by 3.9%. #FactFriday

Learn more: The recession has had an impact on the public library workforce. The public library workforce decreased overall by 6,385 FTE staff since FY 2008, a decrease of 3.9 percent. In terms of job loss, other paid staff took the initial hit from the recession, with a 1.2 percent decrease from FY 2008 to 2009 and a 4.6 percent decrease from FY 2008 to 2010. Librarians did not experience a loss in the first year after the recession, but there was a decrease of 2,622 FTE librarian positions, a decrease of 2.2 percent, since FY 2009.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fact: Museum volunteers contribute a million hours of service every week. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Are Popular: Museum volunteers contribute a million hours of service every week.For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: Facts:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fact: FY 2010 Public Library Survey shows 1st decrease in expenditures in 10 years with a 3% decrease since FY9. #FactFriday

Learn more: Total operating expenditures in public libraries were $10.77 billion in FY 2010, a decrease of $285.20 million from FY 2009, and a 1-year decrease of 2.6 percent after adjusting for inflation. This was the first year of decreased expenditures since FY 2001, with an overall 10-year increase of 16.5 percent. Per capita spending at public libraries was $36.18 in FY 2010, reflecting a decrease of 3.0 percent since FY 2009, but a 10-year increase of 6.7 percent (Figure 4-1; page 22).

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fact: About 17% of museums are located in rural areas with fewer than 20,000 residents. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Serve Every Community: About 17% of museums are located in rural areas with  fewer than 20,000 residents; other museums reach these communities with traveling vans, portable exhibits, and robust online resources. For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: Facts:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fact: From FY 2001-FY 2010, libraries' local government revenue increased by 23.5% after adjusting for inflation. #FactFriday

Learn more: Revenue from local governments accounted for $9.58 billion in FY 2010, a decrease of $269.09 million (2.7 percent) from FY 2009. However, revenue from local government has increased over the long term, exhibiting a 10-year increase of $1.83 billion, an increase of 23.5 percent after adjusting for inflation. In contrast, revenue from state government has steadily decreased since FY 2001. Revenues from state government accounted for $799.41 million, a decrease of $83.17 million (9.4 percent) from FY 2009 and an overall 10-year decrease of $481.40 million (37.6 percent) since FY 2001.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fact: 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Are Economic Engines: 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities. For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: Facts:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 public libraries lost $407.79 mil in revenue, mostly from state & federal government. #FactFriday

Learn more: Total operating revenue for public libraries was $11.30 billion in FY 2010 (Figure B; page 9), falling for the first time in 10 years, most likely a result of budget cuts from the recession. From FY 2009 to 2010, total revenue decreased by $407.79 million, a 3.5 percent decrease after adjusting for inflation.5 Revenue per capita was $37.97, which reflected a 1-year decrease of 3.9 percent, but a 10-year increase of 3.1 percent from FY 2001.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fact: Museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education activities. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Partner with Schools: Museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education activities; the typical museum devotes three-quarters of its education budget to K-12 students.For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: Facts:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 the number of e-books in libraries tripled since FY 2003. #FactFriday [link to running log]

Learn more: The composition of public library collections has changed dramatically in recent years. While books in print continue to dominate the physical portion of the collection, making up 87.1 percent of the total in FY 2010, the share of non-print materials, including audio and video materials and electronic books, has increased. The number of e-books has tripled since FY 2003.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fact: The oldest children's museum is the Brooklyn Children's Museum (New York), which opened in 1899.

Learn more: Brooklyn Children’s Museum: For more information check out the Association of Children’s Museums web site: Facts:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 library circulations rose to 2.46 bil materials. Children’s materials were 1/3 of all circs. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials in FY 2010, the highest circulation in 10 years, representing a continued increasing trend. Circulation of children’s materials has increased by 28.3 percent in the last 10 years and comprises over one-third of all materials circulated in public libraries.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fact: There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums (483 million in 2011). #FactFriday

Learn more: There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums, more than the attendance for all major league sporting events and theme parks combined (483 million in 2011). By 2006, museums already received an additional 524 million online visits a year just from adults, a number that continues to grow.For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: Facts:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fact: Folks ♥ public libraries! Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year in FY2010! #FactFriday

Learn more: While physical visits to library buildings decreased for the first time in 10 years from the prior year, visitation still remains strong with an overall 10-year increase of 32.7 percent. On average, Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year, a 10-year increase of 21.7 percent. Although the national visitation rate is down slightly from 2009, the story at the state level is mixed, with most states showing a decrease, but some having increases.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fact: The largest children's museum is The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Indiana), which has a total of 433,000 square feet. #FactFriday

Learn more: For more information check out the Association of Children’s Museums website: Facts:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fact: The number of computers in public libraries have doubled between FY 2000 to FY 2010. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public access computer use continued to be one of the fastest growing services in public libraries. In FY 2010, public libraries reported a computer use rate of more than one use for every five visits to the library. Public libraries have responded to demand by increasing access, doubling the number of computers in the past 10 years.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fact: Museums preserve and protect more than a billion objects. #FactFriday

Learn more: For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site:
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 libraries provided 3.75 million programs, more than ever before. 61.5% were made for children. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries offered 3.75 million programs to the public in FY 2010, which amounts to an average of at least 1 program a day for every library system in the country. The majority of these programs (61.5%) are designed for children. Attendance at programs has continued to increase, indicating an increased demand for these services.