Libraries offer far more than just free access to books—they also host entertaining and informative programs for people of all ages. While the COVID-19 crisis has prevented libraries from hosting events in-person, they’ve transitioned to offering a diverse array of online activities for their communities to enjoy.

For those who have been missing plays and museums during the pandemics, libraries have found creative ways to offer cultural experiences online. California’s Russell Library has collaborated with local artists on “A Midsummer Night’s Stream,”...


by Jennifer Snoek-Brown, the real librarian behind Reel Librarians

Jennifer Snoek-Brown is an academic librarian in Washington state. She wrote an undergraduate honors thesis in 2001 called “A Glimpse Through the Glasses: Portrayals of Librarians in Film” and has continued analyzing the image of librarians in movies ever since. In 2011, Jennifer launched the website and blog, Reel Librarians, for which she writes and publishes twice-monthly posts. Here, she tells I Love Libraries about her favorite (and least favorite!) librarian portrayals in media.

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With millions of people social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of us are experiencing loneliness and isolation. That’s why the American Library Associations is partnering with StoryCorps—the award-winning nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing interviews between Americans and their loved ones—to launch StoryCorps Connect, an interactive platform for recording stories remotely. 

Since 2003, StoryCorps has brought together thousands of people for intimate, face-to-face conversations about their lives and memories. During the coronavirus crisis, these in-person...


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students and their families are facing uncertain times, but one thing remains as true as ever: reading is a great way for kids to stay engaged with learning during the summer.

Every year, youth librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children compile a list of their top summer reading recommendations for kids of all ages. While most libraries are currently closed to the public, you can still find many of these books available as eBooks and audiobooks.

For more information about these books and why they were selected, visit the...

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