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What It’s Like to Be a Library Cat During the Pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries across the country have closed their doors to the public—but what has that meant for the cats who call America’s libraries home? Libraries have long been home to feline residents who keep patrons company, promote activities and programs, and assist with pest control. We checked in on four library cats

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Book covers: The Babysitter from Another Planet, Out There, I Hope You Get This Message, The Strangers, We're Not From Here, The Pioneer

Librarians’ Favorite Sci-Fi Books for Kids and Teens

Members of the Library and Information Technology Association (a division of the American Library Association) have put together an out-of-this-world list of recent science fiction books for young readers. Their picks include options for kids of all ages, with titles aimed at readers from pre-school through 12th grade. Here are there 30+ picks: Books for

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These Animated Shows Defy Library Stereotypes

When people think about librarians and libraries, they may point to films, live-action TV shows, or even novels. However, one area is often missed: animation. In Hollywood, stereotypes are plentiful, as librarians are used as “shortcuts to propel the plot forward,” in the words of Jennifer Snoek-Brown, author of the Reel Librarians blog. While this generally applies to animation as

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Curbside Larry Reminds Everyone to Check Out Their Library This Summer

The internet is falling in love with Curbside Larry, the cowboy-hat–wearing, ultra-enthusiastic hype man for Texas’s Harris County Public Library (HCPL). In a viral promotional video from HCPL’s Barbara Bush Branch Library, Larry shares an irresistible pitch for using the branch’s curbside pickup services. “We got shelves and shelves of books, Blu-rays, and DVDs, and

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Historical Backgrounds for Your Next Zoom Meeting

Conference calls getting stale? It might be time to mix things up with a new webcam backdrop. The Library of Congress digital collections contain countless options, offering a vast variety of historical images that are free to download and use. Just save your favorites and turn on Zoom’s Virtual Background feature to add some old-school flair to your meeting.

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Why Libraries Are a Lifeline for Seniors During COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly hard on seniors, who face an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and are often socially isolated as a result. Libraries, which have always played a crucial role in supporting older adults in their communities, have risen to the occasion: they’ve been providing information and human connection to

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How Libraries Are Supporting Your Favorite Authors

Public libraries serve many roles in their communities, including the one they’re best known for: they ensure everyone can freely access books and other media, all without having to pay. An unfortunate misconception that some have about this model is that libraries undercut book sales by loaning out free copies—but library staff, readers, and publishers

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Book covers: Black Brother, Black Brother; The Oldest Student; Black Enough; IntersectionAllies; Black Is A Rainbow Color; March Forward, Girl; Crown; Genesis Begins Again

Librarians’ Social Justice Reading Recommendations for Kids and Families

Amid ongoing national conversations about anti-Blackness and racial violence, librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have put together a social justice reading list for youth. The list, titled Community, Connecting, Cultivating & Constructing Conversations Through Literacy, highlights books for kids in

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