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5 Coretta Scott King Award Winners to Read This Black History Month

Each year, a jury of library workers selects outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults to receive the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, the award highlights literature that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal …

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Nick Offerman Explains Why Libraries are More Important Than Ever

In a new promotional video from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), actor Nick Offerman stars as the Wizard of the World Wide Web, convening an emergency meeting of the “elders of the internet.” In the video, avatars representing pop-up ads, social media, and other fixtures of online life have assembled at a “secret …

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Why Hobbyists and Professionals Alike Head to Berkeley’s Tool Lending Library

Books, movies, and games aren’t the only items on loan at the Berkeley Public Library (BPL)—since 1979, the system has also supplied local residents with all manner of tools. At Berkeley’s Tool Lending Library, any city resident or property owner over 18 can check out thousands of free tools, ranging from hammers and wrenches to …

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Americans Go to Libraries More Than Movie Theaters, Concerts, or Museums

If you stop by your library on a monthly basis, you’re in good company! A new Gallup poll shows that the average American visits the library ten times a year—more than they go to movie theaters, live sporting events, concerts, or museums. The study found that libraries are especially popular among younger adults aged 18 …

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Valentines for Library-Lovers

Valentine’s Day is almost here—and what better way to celebrate than by spreading your love of libraries? Whether your feelings are romantic or platonic, surprise the bibliophile or librarian in your life with one of these library-themed Valentines. Feel free to share on social media or print them out to share with your loved ones …

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Harrison Ford: Find epic stories at your library!

“Call of the Wild” star Harrison Ford highlights how libraries are full of adventure. Libraries offer free programs, materials and resources that transform lives. Library professionals, please visit the American Library Association website to download and share the PSA. Learn more about how libraries benefit communities Want to learn more about how today’s libraries engage and …

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‘Empathy Centers’: Chanel Miller on Libraries

Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name, joined library workers from across the country at the American Library Association’s 2020 Midwinter Meeting, where she spoke about activism, literature, and her love of libraries, which she described as “places of unquestioned peace.” In addition to sharing inspiring remarks with attendees, she also created a comic about her …

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The 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards are out!

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia this morning. Here’s the list of 2020 award winners: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s …

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Milo Ventimiglia: Libraries are powerful

Actor Ken Jeong from the new film “Wonder Park” supports libraries with a new video Public Service Announcement highlighting the magic of libraries. Libraries offer audiobooks, games and technology that transform lives and communities. Library professionals, please visit the American Library Association website to download and share the PSA. Learn more about how libraries benefit communities Want …

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