As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people everywhere are living through historic, challenging times. With that in mind, Virginia’s Arlington Public Library (APL) launched a “quaranzine” to provide a creative outlet for local residents.

Since early April, APL has published weekly online issues of the Quaranzine, spotlighting multidisciplinary contributions from community members of all ages; submissions include paintings, comics, poems, photographs, sculptures, and even recipes. Some works evoke the anxiety, anger, and grief that characterize life during COVID-19, while others take a more light-...


Miss spending time at your local library? Tune in to the live feed for the Bird Library, a popular hangout spot for sparrows, starlings, and other feathered friends.

Librarian Rebecca Flowers and woodworker Kevin Cwalina created the Bird Library five years ago in their Charlottesville, Virginia backyard, inspired by a Norwegian café-themed bird feeder that went viral the year before. The library features handmade, bird-sized bookshelves and a circulation desk; Flowers and Cwalina keep the space well-stocked with birdseed for avian guests to snack on.

They also mix things up with seasonal decorations for holidays like...


Now that Hamilton is streaming on the Disney+ app, history buffs and musical theater fans alike have been able to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical at home. Looking to learn more about the Founding Fathers after watching? The Library of Congress has extensive materials from the life of Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries, and many of these resources are free to explore online.

The Library of Congress collection includes more than 10,000 items extensively documenting Hamilton’s childhood, marriage, military service, and political career. You can...


In addition to providing free access to books and media, libraries have long worked to provide hunger relief in their communities. With food insecurity on the rise in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries have continued to work tirelessly to keep local families fed.

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