With meetings, classes, and happy hours now taking place via video calls, webcam users have started digitally replacing their backdrops to cover up messy homes or just get a change of scenery. We’ve seen people call in from tropical islands, outer space, and even Pee-wee Herman’s Playhouse—why not take your next Zoom meeting from one of the world’s coolest libraries?

Here are eight free photo backgrounds to try for...


Libraries across the country are closing their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped serving their communities. One library in McMurray, Pennsylvania created an online Harry Potter escape room to keep local teens entertained at home.

Peters Township Public Library’s digital escape room includes a variety of magic-themed puzzles, set during your first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can complete it alone or in a group—or even compete with friends to see who gets the fastest time.



Since the 1980s, celebrities from David Bowie to Oprah have posed with their favorite books for the American Library Association’s READ® poster series. Now anyone can join the fun with this free tool from ALA Graphics, which lets you add your own photo to a customizable READ® poster background.

Download the template file and add your favorite photo of yourself, your friends, or even your pet; you can move around the text balloons and add extra confetti to make...


With many schools, universities, and businesses closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students and workers are finding themselves needing to take classes or do their jobs from home—putting the millions of Americans who lack in-home internet access in a challenging position. Thankfully, many libraries have found ways to provide web access to their communities, even after closing their doors to the public.

Libraries including Marathon County Public Library in rural Wisconsin and...


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