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Rainbow Book Month

Looking for great LGBTQIA+ books to read this summer?

June is Pride Month, and it is also Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. If you are looking for some LGBTQIA+ literature to celebrate, look no further than the Stonewall Book Awards, …

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Photograph of a group at the 1974 Newbery-Caldecott banquet. From left to right: Priscilla Moulton (Newbery-Caldecott Selection Committee), Harve Zemach (Caldecott winner), Margot Zemach (Caldecott winner), Daniel Melcher, Paula Fox (Newbery winner), Rich

Book Award Season Is in Full Swing for Librarians: Find Out How to WFH (Watch from Home)

For those who don’t already know, many of the nation’s most prestigious honors for literature are administered by librarians—including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, and many others. The winners of these coveted awards are announced in January, but it’s …

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Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey

Libraries Continue Supporting Their Communities During the Pandemic

Over the past few months, libraries have been hard at work providing key services to the populations they serve while maintaining social distancing. A recent survey from the American Library Association found several powerful examples of ways libraries have stepped up during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in many areas, and …

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Waiting in vain: The behind-the-scenes challenges that impact your ability to access ebooks and other digital content from your library

The pandemic continues to fuel increased demand from library users for digital content like ebooks, digital magazines, and more. According to OverDrive, a leading provider of digital library content, in 2020, readers worldwide borrowed more than 430 million ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines, an increase of 33% compared with 2019 figures. While patrons continue to discover and …

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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month This May and Every Day

Each May, we celebrate the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history and culture of the United States. To mark the month, I Love Libraries rounded up recent articles from American Libraries that shine a light on the experience and art of the AAPI community. Newsmaker: Gene Luen Yang Honorary chair of National …

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Celebrating Take Action for Libraries Day

A partnership with the American Library Association, United for Libraries, and Booklist In honor of National Library Week and Take Action for Libraries Day, esteemed journalist Dan Rather joined Booklist’s Donna Seaman for a live conversation about his recent book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. Rather also reflected on the value of libraries in today’s society …

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R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Supports Literacy and Libraries

Mike Mills of the legendary rock band, R.E.M. wants you to know that libraries provide a place for people of all backgrounds to to discover their creative talents and nurture their creative abilities. R.E.M. has a long history of supporting libraries and literacy. Thirty years ago, they posed for the American Library Association (ALA)’s READ …

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Stacey Abrams: Libraries are among our nation’s most democratic institutions

Author, entrepreneur, and activist Stacey Abrams explains how libraries promote access and opportunity for all in a new video PSA. Help spread the word by posting it on social media! Videos with open captioning are available for download: https://bit.ly/lt-psas Library professionals, please visit the American Library Association website to download and share the PSA. Learn more about how libraries …

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