As Parks and Recreation fans know, the usually-upbeat government official Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) has one big sore spot: libraries. As she explains in one episode, library workers are “mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous.” We have to disagree—and apparently, Poehler does too.

“Libraries were a big deal growing up,” Poehler shared in a recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “We have to support our libraries.”

During the same interview, Clarkson surprised Poehler with a live video chat with a librarian from Bexley Public Library in Columbus, Ohio. BPL was nominated for a 2018...


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Library lovers are everywhere—including on Twitter.

This week, social media users shared all kinds of great thoughts about libraries, from childhood memories to the joys of getting your first grown-up library card.

We heard from authors, comedians, musicians, and more about why libraries are so important. Shout out to these folks for helping get the word out!

Here are a few highlights from the Twittersphere:

@AllieGoertz proves it’s never too late to get a library card:


Each year, a jury of library workers selects outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults to receive the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, the award highlights literature that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

In honor of Black History Month, we asked current members of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury to share some of their favorite winners from years past. Here are their picks:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. This title was one of the CSK author honor winners back in 1977 and it was the first...


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