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Book Challenges Update

Book challenges and book banning are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will highlight several stories each week on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from New Jersey, …

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I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: William C. Gibbons

William C. Gibbons, associate professor and curator of archives and special collections at the City College of New York (CCNY) in New York City, is known in his community as a librarian, teacher, and mentor who inspires students to embrace and overcome obstacles—and it has led him to become an I Love My Librarian (ILML) …

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Book Challenges Continue

Book challenges and book banning are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will highlight several stories each week on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from New York, Ohio, …

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A Home Run Collection

Spring is here (finally). Temperatures are rising; the sun is setting later in the evening; flowers are blooming; and a new season of America’s national pastime has started. That’s right: It’s time for some baseball. We’re getting into the spirit with the digital collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, …

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Take Action and Unite Against Book Bans

On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) launched Unite Against Book Bans, a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. Why? Because book bans harm communities. Students cannot access critical information to help them understand themselves and the world around them. Parents lose the opportunity to engage in …

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Bookmobiles on Parade

It’s National Library Outreach Day, when we celebrate library outreach and dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Whether it’s a bookmobile stop at the local elementary school, services provided to community homes, or library pop-ups at community gatherings, these services are essential to the community. This National Library Outreach Day, …

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A Snapshot of America’s Libraries in 2021

On April 4, the American Library Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two, a snapshot of the library community’s resilience, determination, and innovation in unprecedented circumstances. The report, which comes out annually during National Library Week, highlights how US libraries navigated the second year of the pandemic, an upswing …

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Top 10 Challenged Books of 2021

The Top 10 Challenged and Banned Books of 2021

Libraries stand up for everyone’s right to read, even materials that might be considered controversial. This week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)—which tracks censorship attempts in libraries and schools—announced their list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2021. Last year, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to …

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Celebrate National Library Week with Us

April 3-9 is National Library Week—a time for library lovers across the country to celebrate literacy, intellectual freedom, and equitable access to information. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its third year, libraries are proving to be more essential than ever, providing services and programs that have kept communities strong even while socially distancing. The …

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