by Kathi Kromer, courtesy of American Libraries

August is not just for vacations and summer reading programs—it’s high season for library advocacy. US representatives are on recess and back home in their districts to reconnect with their constituents, so now through Labor Day is the perfect time for library advocates to share the many ways we are transforming our communities.

Invite your representative to your library to see in person how your library is meeting the needs of your community. The value of your library’s services may be crystal clear to you and the families, students, researchers, and other patrons you serve, but...

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by Ke Tang, courtesy of The Harvard Gazette

With 1.4 million volumes in more than a dozen languages, the Harvard-Yenching Library (MA) has become the third-largest library at Harvard, after Widener and Harvard Law School’s. It is also the largest academic library for East Asian studies in the Western world.

Nearly 140 years after a Chinese scholar gave the small collection of books that established the collection, today the Harvard-Yenching’s holdings include 836,523 works in Chinese; 348,873 in Japanese; 179,169 in Korean; 23,979 in Vietnamese; 53,367 in various...

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by Phil Morehart, courtesy of American Libraries

Four libraries have been awarded the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. Presented by the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), the awards recognize services and projects that draw attention to the potential for library services to create positive change, demonstrate sustainability, and provide a model for others. The winners are:

  • Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Canada
  • La Biblioteca Móvil, Guatemala
  • Suzhou Library, China
  • Inner Mongolia Library, China

The recipients...

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New York, N.Y.

Dedicated: July 6, 1996

The Algonquin Hotel in New York City was designated a Literary Landmark on July 5th, 1996. The hotel was immortalized in print and film as the site of the Round Table that formed in its living room by Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Alexander Woollcott, Edna Ferber, and Robert E. Sherwood. The authors would get together daily for lunch and exchange ideas.

The hotel also provided a haven for such authors as Sinclair Lewis, William Faulkner, James Thurber, Gertrude Stein, and many more. The hotel is...

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Review of the Day


Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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