Summer reading helps kids stay engaged when school isn’t in session, ensuring that students are prepared and ready to learn when they return to the classroom in the fall. Libraries have long played a key role in hosting summer reading programs that are free and accessible to everyone in their communities, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events aren’t possible this season. Still, libraries across the country are offering virtual summer reading programs that allow students to safely participate while maintaining social distancing. READ MORE
America’s libraries are full of incredible stories—and a new podcast from the American Library Association (ALA) aims to share these amazing tales with the world. READ MORE
Libraries are hubs for their communities—while most libraries have had to close to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are working hard to keep people connected while maintaining social distancing. Park Ridge Public Library (PRPL) in Illinois has found a creative way to engage and entertain locals: the Library Line, a phone number anyone can call to hear a recorded song, riddle, or message from staff. READ MORE
Amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Library of Congress (LOC) has launched the Boccaccio Project, a series of original musical compositions inspired by coronavirus. READ MORE
June is Rainbow Book Month—a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. READ MORE
Many of the nation’s most prestigious honors for literature are administered by librarians—including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards. For the first time ever, readers everywhere can cheer on the winners of 12 librarian-selected awards by tuning into the American Library Association’s virtual Book Award Celebration. READ MORE
Comics and graphic novels have long served to educate and engage readers around social injustice—which is why the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association have curated a list of comics relating to the Black Lives Matter movement. The list contains both fiction and nonfiction titles, with selections aimed toward readers of all ages. READ MORE
In a new PSA video for the American Library Association, actor Josh Gad shares how libraries are places of discovery and imagination. While many libraries are closed to the public due to the pandemic, they’re still offering free access to countless digital resources online.“Like my new movie Artemis Fowl, libraries take us on journeys and open us up to new worlds,” Gad explains in the video. “Visit your library’s website today to access audiobooks and movies that fuel your imagination.”Check out the full clip: READ MORE
We’re living through historic times—and libraries are working to make sure stories of life during the pandemic are collected and preserved for future generations. Through oral history and archive projects, librarians are encouraging community members to contribute text, images, and other mementos to serve as a collective record of COVID-19. READ MORE
For centuries, librarians have served as keepers of knowledge, helping people access the information they need to learn and create. Some of history’s greatest thinkers also served as librarians themselves, from award-winning authors to the inventor of calculus.Here are a few famous people you might not know were librarians: READ MORE