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Can Libraries Help Solve Climate Change? This Wisconsin Couple Says Yes

When Carol Phelps’ daughters were young, their public library was their favorite hangout, a place to talk books and play Dungeons & Dragons with friends. Now that the kids are grown—and both on their ways to becoming librarians themselves—the Phelps are helping libraries take on a more urgent role: educating Americans about climate change and …

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Proposed Tennessee Bill Threatens Librarians with Fines or Jail Time

Libraries have long advocated for everyone’s freedom to read and access information—but a pending bill in the Tennessee legislature would bring widespread censorship to the state’s public libraries. HB 2721/SB 2896, also known as the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, would establish a five-person review board for every public library in Tennessee. These oversight …

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Staff and patrons at Briges Library System

Tell Your Stories This National Library Week

Is your library looking for a new way to celebrate National Library Week, April 19-25? Here’s an engaging idea from the Bridges Library System in southeast Wisconsin: Share your patrons’ library stories with the community. Jill Fuller, marketing and communications librarian for the Bridges Library System, explains, “Our plan was to collect a variety of …

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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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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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Book covers of The People Could Fly, One Crazy Summer, and Thank You Omu

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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