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The American Library Association (ALA) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) have teamed up with Humble Bundle to create an amazing opportunity for readers to make a difference in the world. They’re offering an incredible collection of diverse books for a fraction of their $800+ sticker price, and a portion of the proceeds will support ALA and FTRF’s work promoting social justice, inclusivity, and intellectual freedom in librarians and schools. READ MORE
When writer and illustrator Yuyi Morales first moved to the United States, she and her infant son discovered their local library, which soon became a cherished haven and helped inspire her passion for children’s literature. Decades later, she shares a moving gratitude letter to a librarian who touched her life in a podcast and animated video from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.“Hola, Nancy. Do you remember me?” the letter begins. “I could never forget you.” READ MORE
When locals head to the former Merchants’ Square supermarket in Carmel, Indiana, they’re not stocking up on groceries. Instead, they’re there to check out books from the temporarily relocated Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL), which has ingeniously repurposed the vacant store space to house their collection while their main branch is under renovation. READ MORE
This summer, a promotional video for Texas’s Harris County Public Library (HCPL) took the internet by storm, thanks to an instantly legendary character named Curbside Larry. In the clip, Larry dons a cowboy hat and aviator sunglasses to sing the praises of HCPL’s new curbside pick-up services, all with the energy and bravado of a used-car pitchman. READ MORE
Looking for some great young adult literature? Ask the experts: teenage readers.Each fall, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) brings together adolescents from across the country to choose the Teens’ Top Ten, a list of the very best YA reads from the previous year. Their picks range across genres and come from diverse authors, reflecting the wide variety of teens’ interests and experiences. READ MORE
Each year, library professionals and booksellers come together to select the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. This week, they announced the 46 books on their longlist for the 2021 award, which includes some of the most talked about books of the past year. READ MORE
Each year, millions of Americans are released from prisons and jails. Libraries work hard to help these formerly incarcerated populations transition back into their communities, providing free access to education and job training in a welcoming setting. READ MORE
Halloween might look a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that needn’t stop you from having the coolest get-up at your Zoom costume party.Need some outfit inspiration? The Library of Congress’s extensive online archives offer countless historical photos you can draw from.Here are a few of our favorite reference images, plus some adorable costume ideas for the pets in your life.  READ MORE
Thirty years ago, beloved rock band R.E.M. posed for the American Library Association (ALA)’s READ campaign to promote the joy of literacy, and the resulting poster became an instant collector's item. Now, book lovers and music fans can enjoy this iconic image as a jigsaw puzzle, with all sales supporting literacy efforts. READ MORE
Librarians work all over the world, from big cities and suburbs to the furthest reaches of the planet. Case in point: Edgardo Civallero is a librarian stationed in the Galápagos, an archipelago off the coast of Ecuador known for influencing Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. READ MORE

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