We are so excited that Marley Dias, the witty and purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, is promoting the value of library cards this month. She’s such an impressive young person, and she is a passionate advocate for diverse books and lifelong reading. In other words, we are totally fangirling over here. Here are six things you should know about the American Library Associations Library Card Sign-Up Month’s Honorary Chair:

1. She launched #1000BlackGirlBooks when she was just 10 years old.

As a student, Marley noticed...

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It’s back-to-school season, and if your students are coming home with books in their backpacks that channel their interests and enthusiasm into learning and literacy, there’s likely a school librarian to thank. There’s no better time to stop and celebrate school libraries and librarians. Here are just five reasons they’re the heroes we need now more than ever.

Information literate students are better prepared for college, career, and life

Post-secondary institutions, employers, and civic life demand the ability to find, evaluate, use, and create information in multiple formats. School librarians prepare students for their next life stages by teaching information, digital, and media literacies, as well as digital...

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For more than a century Booklist has published thousands of reviews each year to help library and education workers decide what to buy for their shelves and what to recommend to patrons and students.

Now you can access the same great reviews that librarians read in the Booklist Reader, a new digital library patron-facing magazine featuring dozens of reviews and recommendations for readers of all ages.

Each month, Booklist Reader showcases top 10 lists, must reads, interviews with (and articles by) top authors and illustrators, and adult, youth, and audio recommendations for everyone who loves to read.

In addition to great recommendations,...

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month (LCSUM)—an annual reminder that library cards empower individuals and communities by providing access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programming.

If you love libraries — and the access they provide to rich and diverse worlds — we invite you to join the festivities and help spread the word about the value of a library card. Here are a few ways you can participate:

Use Your Powers of Persuasion to Encourage Others to Get Library Cards

You have a library card, of course. But does your best friend? Neighbor? Cousin?...

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