Public libraries serve many roles in their communities, including the one they’re best known for: they ensure everyone can freely access books and other media, all without having to pay.An unfortunate misconception that some have about this model is that libraries undercut book sales by loaning out free copies—but library staff, readers, and publishers have data and insights that show this simply isn’t true. Many publishers are also among the greatest fans and supporters of libraries because they know what an important part of the book and reading ecosystem libraries are. READ MORE
Amid ongoing national conversations about anti-Blackness and racial violence, librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have put together a social justice reading list for youth. READ MORE
Bibliophiles can show off their love for libraries while keeping their communities safe with these amazing new face masks from ALA Graphics, the retail team from the American Library Association.These 100% cotton masks are breathable, washable, and reusable, and come in both youth and adult sizes. READ MORE
by Briana Shemroske, BooklistBack in May, I Love Libraries spoke with academic librarian Jennifer Snoek-Brown about portrayals of librarians in film, from “spinster librarian” Mary Hatch of It’s a Wonderful Life fame (wrong!) to the denim-organizing protagonist of Party Girl (oh so right!). READ MORE
Our society is inundated with articles, stories, and opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic—but some of these sources are more accurate than others. With false information proliferating online, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction, and libraries play a key role in teaching their communities how to evaluate news items with a critical eye. READ MORE
A new report from the Institute for Museum of Library Services shows more than 170 million Americans went to their public libraries in 2017 a total of 1.32 billion times. That means every American who lives within a public library’s service area—or about 312 million people—headed to their library four times over the course of the year. READ MORE
We asked the American Library Association’s social media followers and newsletter subscribers for their stories about deciding to become a librarian. Here are a few of our favorites: READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the U.S. economy, and our nation’s libraries are no exception. Libraries across the country are reporting drastic budget cuts, making it harder to serve their communities when Americans need them most. READ MORE
Stars from Netflix’s hit reboot of the Baby-Sitters Club have come together to record a video message highlighting all the amazing resources you can find for free on your library’s website.“The BSC is great at entertaining kids, and so is your local library,” Malia Baker shares. Momona Tamada adds: “Libraries provide access to eBooks like the Baby-Sitters Club series to keep kids reading outside of school.”“They also offer great online educational programs for students of all ages,” Shay Rudolph says. Sophie Grace continues: “Libraries are great resources for summer reading and learning.” And, as Xochitl Gomez points out, libraries also “offer entertainment the whole family can enjoy together.” READ MORE
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