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Link Round-Up: Reading Dogs and Mobile Libraries

Here are a few of our favorite recent stories from around the web—from a deep-dive into fine-free policies to a list of the coolest library architecture around the world: “Bikes and Books in Afghanistan” Ketab Lwast is a student-led organization bringing a mobile library and reading instruction to rural regions across Afghanistan. Many local children …

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People Share Their Favorite Library Lifehacks

Libraries are filled with information, ideas, and resources; are you making the most of what your library has to offer? We asked ilovelibraries.org readers to share their top tips for finding the best library materials and programs—here are a few of our favorites: Find Awesome Events “Every library has a schedule of events and happenings. …

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Unlike Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler Loves Libraries

As Parks and Recreation fans know, the usually-upbeat government official Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) has one big sore spot: libraries. As she explains in one episode, library workers are “mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous.” We have to disagree—and apparently, Poehler does too. “Libraries were a big deal …

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Dog bandana with Library Love tattoo design; Book cover: Libraries Will Get YOu Through Times with No Money Better than Money Will Get You Through Times of No Libraries

Our Favorite Swag for Library Lovers

Surprise your book-loving friends and family—or treat yourself—with these awesome library-themed items. The best part? Sales from all these products support the American Library Association, which helps our nation’s libraries expand their impact in their local communities. “Make Orwell Fiction Again” Tote Calling all intellectual freedom fighters: this eye-catching bag can hold all the banned …

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Tweet reading, I just got a library card! I can't believe I haven't utilized my local library until now. In addition to the obvious, they have graphic novels, audiobooks, movies, access to WiFi, printing, Microsoft Office. All for free!

6 Library Tweets We Loved This Week

Library lovers are everywhere—including on Twitter. This week, social media users shared all kinds of great thoughts about libraries, from childhood memories to the joys of getting your first grown-up library card. We heard from authors, comedians, musicians, and more about why libraries are so important. Shout out to these folks for helping get the word …

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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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