We all know libraries can transform lives, but few stories illustrate that as beautifully this. For years, Ohio teen Lashawn Samuel walked three miles round-trip to the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) to do his homework. Thanks to his perseverance, he was recently accepted to 12 colleges and universities, including a full scholarship to his top choice, Ohio State University; Samuel will be the first in his family to go to college. READ MORE
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread, in-person gatherings are off the table—but library book clubs have found ways to keep the conversation going while maintaining social distancing. Virtual gatherings held over video chat or phone calls have allowed readers to stay connected and engaged during these unprecedented times. READ MORE
Libraries across the country have been pulling out all the stops to create engaging, educational online read-alouds for the millions of children staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE
Families across the country count on library storytime programs to teach kids early literacy skills—but with most libraries closing to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, these in-person read-alouds have been put on hold. Fortunately, America’s libraries have gotten creative, using video and audio technology to keep reading to children while maintaining social distancing. READ MORE
During these times of social distancing, many have turned to books for comfort and connection. Looking for a great recommendation? We asked the American Library Association’s social media followers to share their favorite titles they’ve read during the pandemic.Some recurring themes: many readers have been seeking out old favorites and comfort reads, while others have delved into fiction and nonfiction titles about disease and public health. Recommendations range from longtime classics to new releases. READ MORE
With communities across the country social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, many people of all ages are struggling to stay connected. With that in mind, several libraries have created pen pal programs to encourage local residents to get in touch. READ MORE
The archives of the United States Library of Congress house centuries of American history—and thanks to painstaking digitization efforts, millions of artifacts are available for anyone to explore online. READ MORE
While most libraries have closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, their staff are still working hard to share online resources and programs with their communities while maintaining social distancing. Tyler Hahn, a Youth and Special Services Librarian at Iowa’s Cherokee Public Library, may not be able to host gatherings in person, but he’s still bringing local kids together virtually through a popular digital pastime: esports. READ MORE
April is School Library Month—a time to recognize school libraries and librarians as information and technology experts in their schools and communities. Schools across the country are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but teaching and learning continues. School librarians are meeting the challenge in  innovative ways, keeping their learners and fellow teachers connected and engaged from afar.  READ MORE
In honor of National Library Week (April 19 – 25), social media users are sharing all the reasons they’re grateful to their libraries and librarians.Posts using the hashtag #ThankYouLibraries range from powerful examples of how libraries are adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic to fond memories of visiting libraries in-person. Here are a few of our favorites: READ MORE