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If you stop by your library on a monthly basis, you’re in good company! A new Gallup poll shows that the average American visits the library ten times a year—more than they go to movie theaters, live sporting events, concerts, or museums.The study found that libraries are especially popular among younger adults aged 18 to 29, who averaged 15.5 library visits in 2019. And for low-income Americans, the library was nearly three times as popular as any other cultural activity included in Gallup’s survey. READ MORE
Valentine’s Day is almost here—and what better way to celebrate than by spreading your love of libraries?Whether your feelings are romantic or platonic, surprise the bibliophile or librarian in your life with one of these library-themed Valentines. Feel free to share on social media or print them out to share with your loved ones in person.Plus, if you’re really feeling the library love: donate to the American Library Association, which supports our nation’s libraries and library workers in providing access to information for all. READ MORE
Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name, joined library workers from across the country at the American Library Association's 2020 Midwinter Meeting, where she spoke about activism, literature, and her love of libraries, which she described as “places of unquestioned peace.”In addition to sharing inspiring remarks with attendees, she also created a comic about her hometown public library and the power of librarians just for the occasion. Read on to see Chanel's illustated ode to libraries: READ MORE
The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia this morning.Here's the list of 2020 award winners: READ MORE
If you’re hoping to be happier, healthier, or more inspired in 2020, your library can help. Here are five ways your library can help you achieve your goals in the new year:1. Save moneyWith free access to books, movies, music, and more, your library lets you cut entertainment costs without sacrificing the media you love. Plus, many libraries offer financial literacy resources and programs to help with budgeting, navigating tax season, and other key skills for managing your money. To see how much cash your library can save you in a given year, check out our interactive Library Value Calculator.2. Eat healthierTired of takeout? Your library’s cookbook collection is filled with inspiring recipe ideas to get you excited about cooking more at home; at some libraries, you can also check out specialty kitchen supplies to upgrade your home cooking set-up without breaking the bank. Many libraries also offer cooking lessons, nutrition classes, and even community gardens to help people living in food deserts access fresh, seasonal produce. READ MORE
Meet the winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award! The awardees include an academic librarian who leads a book club for adults with intellectual disabilities, a school librarian who uses virtual reality and 3D modeling to engage students, and a public librarian who develops services for newly arrived immigrants and refugees.Selected from a pool of more than 1,900 nominations submitted by library users across the county, these 10 librarians were chosen for making a profound difference in improving lives and transforming communities.This award wouldn’t be possible without library lovers and supporters like yourself, so thank you to everyone who submited a nomination. We received more than 1,900 nominations from across the country, detailing stories about how librarians are going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. The I Love My Librarian Award Committee had an extremely difficult task selecting only 10 winners from such an outstanding pool of librarians. READ MORE
On October 29, Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent wrote a public letter to the library community explaining Macmillan’s pending embargo on new ebook titles for libraries. The American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office issued the following response on October 30: READ MORE
Need book suggestions for the teen in your life?Check out the Teens' Top Ten Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! READ MORE
By Carrie Smith, courtesy of American LibrariesTechnology has changed how we store information. You might have your grandmother’s photo book, even a digitized version—but what about the photos on your phone, or the data on your Twitter account or Instagram? READ MORE

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