Each year, library professionals and booksellers come together to select the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. This week, they announced the 46 books on their longlist for the 2021 award, which includes some of the most talked about books of the past year.

“This was unquestionably a challenging year for all the obvious reasons. There were times one didn’t feel especially like reading,” said Bill Kelly, adult programming manager for Cuyahoga County Public Library and 2021 Carnegie selection committee chair, in a...


Each year, millions of Americans are released from prisons and jails. Libraries work hard to help these formerly incarcerated populations transition back into their communities, providing free access to education and job training in a welcoming setting.

“Libraries & Reentry,” a recent report from the American Library Association, details the many ways that libraries support individuals returning from prison and jail. “Libraries go above and beyond when it comes to facilitating reentry for formerly incarcerated patrons,” report author Katelyn...


Halloween might look a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that needn’t stop you from having the coolest get-up at your Zoom costume party.

Need some outfit inspiration? The Library of Congress’s extensive online archives offer countless historical photos you can draw from.

Here are a few of our favorite reference images, plus some adorable costume ideas for the pets in your life.




Thirty years ago, beloved rock band R.E.M. posed for the American Library Association (ALA)’s READ campaign to promote the joy of literacy, and the resulting poster became an instant collector's item. Now, book lovers and music fans can enjoy this iconic image as a jigsaw puzzle, with all sales supporting literacy efforts.

On the poster, musicians Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe show off copies of their favorite books, including titles by Flannery O’Connor, Oscar Wilde, and Bruno Schulz.

“We were always excited to hear from friends and fans that the poster was hanging in their public...

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