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School District Bans Book About Book Banning

The school district of Indian River County, Florida, voted in May to remove Alan Gratz’s 2017 novel, presciently titled "Ban This Book," from its shelves, overruling its own review committee which had recommended that the district retain the book. "Ban This Book" follows a fictional fourth grader who tries to check out her favorite book from her school library only to find it's been removed due to a ban. She rebels by starting a secret banned-book library.
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New Survey Looks at Evolving Tech Trends in Libraries

This week, the Public Library Association published its 2023 Public Library Technology Survey report which looks at emerging trends around technology, patron resources, infrastructure, digital literacy, and staffing in U.S. public libraries. This data is vital to understanding how libraries serve as hubs of knowledge and innovation and evolve to meet community needs. The report addresses questions such as: How are library professionals advancing digital equity in their communities? What types of technology devices do libraries loan to patrons, and are more or fewer libraries offering these items compared to 2020? What are the primary challenges libraries face in providing technology resources and services?
Raj Tawney at the Baker & Taylor booth in the Library marketplace at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference.

Finding Belonging at the World’s Largest Library Conference

ALA’s Annual Conference is the largest library conference in the world. It’s 2024 event, held June 27–July 2 in San Diego, was my first, and I was honored to be surrounded by librarians from around the world as I promoted my debut middle-grade novel, "All Mixed Up." Librarians have always been special to my family and me. Since the days of accompanying my mom to our local branch, I’ve felt a sense of acceptance and encouragement within library walls. And now, I was able to see up-close how libraries are innovating their spaces and serving their communities.
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‘How I Library’ Episode Six: Paula Poundstone

In episode six of the “How I Library” podcast, I Love Libraries editor and show host Phil Morehart speaks with comedian Paula Poundstone. Poundstone is an iconic standup comic, a panelist on NPR’s news quiz show, “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” the host of the podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone,” and an actor in numerous TV shows and films. She’s also a longtime supporter of libraries.

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Schools with a strong school library program ensure their students have the best chance to succeed.

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Fight Censorship

Libraries and schools are experiencing unprecedented levels of attempts to remove books from their shelves.

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Is your librarian a superhero? Show some love and nominate them for the I Love My Librarian Award!

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Friends groups can literally make the difference between a budget increase and cut for their libraries.

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