During the pandemic, libraries have gotten creative to continue serving their communities while maintaining social distancing. Indoor group activities like book clubs are no longer feasible, so many libraries have switched to online or phone-based conversations. Connecticut’s Russell Library has taken a different approach, bringing literary discussions into the great outdoors with their Book Yak on a Kayak event. READ MORE
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, creative librarians have been pulling out all the stops to inform their communities about curbside pick-up and other socially distant services. One highlight: “Library Takeout,” a viral music video created by Duke University librarian Jamie Keesecker to explain the contactless pick-up process. READ MORE
If you’re a crossword fan, you’ve probably come across work by Laura R. Braunstein, digital humanities librarian at Dartmouth College: her puzzles have been published in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Education, and more. She’s also a co-founder of The Inkubator, a project that challenges the gender imbalance in the crossword world. READ MORE
We asked I Love Libraries readers and the American Library Association’s social media followers to share their favorite library memories. Here are a few highlights:“As a child in first grade, ‘going to the library’ was going outside in front of the school and boarding a bookmobile to pick out a book. It was my first experience so it was all I knew, but the excitement was equivalent to seeing the ice cream truck coming down the street. “—Wendy H. READ MORE
COVID-19 has taken an enormous mental toll on people of all ages; even young children are struggling with grief, isolation, and fear during the pandemic. If you’re wondering about the best way to approach challenging conversations with the kids in your life, turn to children’s library professionals for expert guidance and support. READ MORE
Looking to learn more about your family tree? Your local library offers extensive free resources for genealogy experts and hobbyists alike.I Love Libraries spoke with librarian and genealogical researcher June Power, director of special collections and archives for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke; she shares her tips for how anyone can get started exploring their heritage below. READ MORE
It’s Banned Books Weekthe annual celebration of the freedom to read! Books, resources, and programs are still being threatened with censorship in libraries and schools. Thankfully, library workers, educators, and readers are rallying together year-round to protect their communities’ First Amendment rights. READ MORE
Banned Books Week is here, a time to stand up for everyone’s freedom to read. Librarians, teachers, authors, and more are coming together to push back against censorship—will you join the fight for intellectual freedom? READ MORE
September is in full swing, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this back-to-school season is brand new territory: many students are staying home and learning online, while others are spending part of the week on campuses that have transformed to meet safety guidelines. School libraries may not be the busy hubs of activity they are in typical years, but librarians are still working hard to support the learning process while maintaining social distancing. READ MORE