The coronavirus crisis has caused most libraries to close their doors to the public, but librarians have continued to serve their communities while maintaining social distancing. In addition to hosting virtual programs and sharing free digital resources, many libraries are offering extensive remote reference services, providing on-one-one assistance to information seekers in their areas. READ MORE
Libraries offer far more than just free access to books—they also host entertaining and informative programs for people of all ages. While the COVID-19 crisis has prevented libraries from hosting events in-person, they’ve transitioned to offering a diverse array of online activities for their communities to enjoy. READ MORE
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With millions of people social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of us are experiencing loneliness and isolation. That’s why the American Library Associations is partnering with StoryCorps—the award-winning nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing interviews between Americans and their loved ones—to launch StoryCorps Connect, an interactive platform for recording stories remotely.  READ MORE
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students and their families are facing uncertain times, but one thing remains as true as ever: reading is a great way for kids to stay engaged with learning during the summer.Every year, youth librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children compile a list of their top summer reading recommendations for kids of all ages. While most libraries are currently closed to the public, you can still find many of these books available as eBooks and audiobooks. READ MORE
Need a break during these challenging times? The American Library Association has shared a free PDF with coloring pages, writing prompts, and inspirational quotes for the library community to enjoy while social distancing. READ MORE
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