The internet and game show lovers are abuzz over librarian Rhone Talsma’s victory over trivia ace Amy Schneider on Jeopardy! on Wednesday night.

Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Il.) Library, beat the long-running champ when she failed to come up with the correct response to the clue, "The only nation in the world whose name in English ends in an H, it's also one of the 10 most populous." (The answer is: "What is Bangladesh?"). The error left Schneider in second place and ended her 40-game winning streak.

Talsma netted more than $29,000 with his win. In an...


Last weekend, thousands of librarians gathered for the American Library Association’s inaugural LibLearnX virtual conference, where they had opportunities to hear from authors and luminaries about their work, the value of literacy and education, and the importance of libraries and librarians. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

Molly Shannon, actor, comedian, and author of the forthcoming memoir, Hello, Molly! (Ecco, April 2022)

To session moderator and author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney:

“I have so much respect for what you do and for...


This morning, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, digital media, video, and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at the Youth Media Awards, which took place virtually during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. Selected by librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

The 2022 winners are:

John Newbery Medal for...


When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, people across the US found themselves quite suddenly without many essential services—including those offered by their local libraries. When Arlington (Texas) Public Library (APL) closed its doors due to the pandemic, APL community programming librarian Yuliana Aceves stepped up to help her community, leading her to be chosen as a 2022 I Love My Librarian (ILML) Award winner. Awarded annually, the ILML honor recognizes exceptional academic, public, and school librarians.

Colleagues and community members praised the live virtual programs that...

I Love My Librarian Award.Winners announced January 10!

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