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Love reading young adult literature? Librarians from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have put together an extensive list of their favorite recent novels from the genre.Of the 71 titles they selected, they’ve also chosen their top ten must-reads, which are as follows: READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the U.S. economy, with unemployment rates higher than any period since World War II. If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work this summer, check out what your local library has to offer—even without leaving your home, you can access a vast array of free career development resources online. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
In addition to providing free access to books and media, libraries have long worked to provide hunger relief in their communities. READ MORE
Libraries go above and beyond for the communities they serve, providing far more than just free access to books and databases. One powerful recent example: staff at Ipswich County Library in Suffolk, UK recorded their own audiobook version of an out-of-print novel so that a local senior could relive cherished childhood memories. READ MORE
Being read to is crucial for early childhood development, but many low-income families have limited access to books to share with their kids. That’s why Michigan’s Wayne State University Library System is teaming up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to distribute free books to Detroit families with children under five. READ MORE
Each June, readers across the country observe Rainbow Book Month, an opportunity to celebrate the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s also a time to advocate for free and widespread access to queer literature, which is censored all too frequently in libraries and schools. READ MORE

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