by Sarah OstmanWhen Carol Phelps’ daughters were young, their public library was their favorite hangout, a place to talk books and play Dungeons & Dragons with friends.Now that the kids are grown—and both on their ways to becoming librarians themselves—the Phelps are helping libraries take on a more urgent role: educating Americans about climate change and encouraging them to take action before it’s too late. READ MORE
Libraries are filled with information, ideas, and resources; are you making the most of what your library has to offer? We asked readers to share their top tips for finding the best library materials and programs—here are a few of our favorites:Find Awesome Events READ MORE
Here are a few of our favorite recent stories from around the web—from a deep-dive into fine-free policies to a list of the coolest library architecture around the world:“Bikes and Books in Afghanistan” READ MORE
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.” READ MORE
Surprise your book-loving friends and family—or treat yourself—with these awesome library-themed items.The best part? Sales from all these products support the American Library Association, which helps our nation’s libraries expand their impact in their local communities. READ MORE
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: READ MORE
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: 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. 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. READ MORE
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