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.
Join the American Library Association (ALA) and “NBC Chicago Today’s” Banned Book Club for a discussion of Jerry Craft’s award-winning graphic novel “New Kid” on Tuesday, February 27.
As if we needed more reasons to love LeVar Burton. The actor and longtime host of “Reading Rainbow” made an appearance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show” recently to speak out against book bans, doing so in the form of a spoof of his beloved reading show called “Banned Book Rainbow.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the American Library Association (ALA) and Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club for a discussion of Jeanette Walls’s powerful memoir, The Glass Castle, this Thursday, January 25.