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NYPL Continues Its Books For All: Teen Banned Book Club with “The Downstairs Girl”

Readers across the country now have unlimited access to the young-adult bestseller, “The Downstairs Girl,” as part of The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Teen Banned Book Club. Set in Gilded Age Atlanta, Stacey Lee’s award-winning novel tells the story of 17-year-old Jo Kuan, who gets into hot water when her anonymous advice column soars.

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I Love Libraries Launches New Podcast, “How I Library”

The American Library Association and I Love Libraries are proud to release the new podcast “How I Library.” This monthly series will feature authors, filmmakers, musicians, scholars, thought leaders, and, of course, librarians discussing the importance of libraries, their favorite library memories, and issues facing the library world.

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Super Bowl Rival Libraries Join Up to Tackle Censorship

As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers gear up for Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday, their respective cities’ libraries are teaming up to help protect the freedom to read.

Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) and San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) have made a friendly wager on the performance of their city’s teams. A library representative in the city whose team loses the Super Bowl will sport the winning city’s library gear and read a banned book in a recording that will be shared on social media as a part of the Tackle Censorship campaign, which began during Super Bowl LVII with Kansas City Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Librarian Hides Phones in Books to Help People Escape Domestic Violence

A librarian in Massachusetts is using library books to help domestic violence victims. Molly Riportella, head of adult services librarian at Westwood (Mass.) Public Library, started BiblioUnderground in 2020 to get burner phones and other resources to people struggling to get out of violent relationships.

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Library of Congress to Honor Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John has earned Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards—the famed EGOT—for his work as a songwriter and entertainer, but an honor announced this week has us here at I Love Libraries particularly excited: the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which John will share with his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

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U.S. Book Challenges Update: January 26 Edition

Libraries and schools across the country are experiencing unprecedented levels of attempts to ban or remove books from their shelves. I Love Libraries will continue to raise awareness by highlighting attempts to censor library materials, as well as efforts by librarians, parents, students, and concerned citizens to push back against them. This report includes news from Iowa, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Texas.

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