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...READ MORE
In a new promotional video from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), actor Nick Offerman stars as the Wizard of the World Wide Web, convening an emergency meeting of the “elders of the internet.”
In the video, avatars representing pop-up ads, social media, and other fixtures of online life have assembled at a “secret internet headquarters” to discuss a grave matter: humans have realized that libraries are even more powerful than the web.
Offerman explains: “Libraries have real people. They get to know you and offer reading recommendations more personalized than any algorithm. They can even tell the difference between...READ MORE
Books, movies, and games aren’t the only items on loan at the Berkeley Public Library (BPL)—since 1979, the system has also supplied local residents with all manner of tools.
At Berkeley’s Tool Lending Library, any city resident or property owner over 18 can check out thousands of free tools, ranging from hammers and wrenches to weedwhackers and cement mixers. Based on community feedback, BPL has recently expanded their offerings to include smartphone repair kits and a 24-hour bike fixing station; next up, they’ll add kitchen gadgets and cooking supplies to their repertoire.
The Tool Lending Library goes beyond lending out free materials: it’s also a...READ MORE