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then-Secretary of Education William Bennett on stage with 1987-1988 ALA President Margaret Chisholm, then-NCLIS chairman Jerald Newman, and actor in Garfield costume at launch of Library Card Sign-up Month in 1987.

Happy 35th Birthday to Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM) turns 35 this year. As a part of our celebration, we’re looking back at the fascinating birth of this beloved library-outreach event. The genesis of LCSUM began as a response to then-Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated: “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card …

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Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel Sing the Praises of Libraries this Month

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Wicked, Frozen, Rent) and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, are singing the praises of libraries as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month this year! As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara want to remind everyone that one of the best places to find your …

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Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month!

It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM)! Held each September, LCSUM is an annual reminder that library cards empower individuals and communities by providing free access to technology, multimedia content, educational programming, and much more. A library card opens up a world of learning for everyone and is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available.  …

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Romance Novelist Donates $50,000 to Embattled Michigan Library

Talk about really loving libraries! Romance novelist Nora Roberts donated $50,000 to Patmos Library in Jamestown Township, Michigan, after the library was defunded by the community in early August over LGBTQ-themed books. The donation pushed the cumulative total raised by two GoFundMe campaigns to more than $245,000—the amount the library was expected to lose next …

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U.S. Book Challenges Update

Book challenges and bans are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will frequently highlight several stories on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Iowa, Oklahoma, and …

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Supporting Ukraine

Today is the Independence Day of Ukraine. But despite the celebration, Russia’s invasion of the country persists, entering its sixth month this week. The war has affected people globally, including American librarians and their work. The latest episode of the Call Number with American Libraries podcast looks at how the library profession is supporting Ukraine. …

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This Week in U.S. Book Challenges

Book challenges and bans are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will frequently highlight several stories on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Texas, Idaho, Florida, …

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How Book Bans Impact Public Libraries

“Once books are acquired for the library, there’s actually [a] First Amendment obligation to provide access to those books and to not censor those books based on their content or viewpoint.” Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, was a guest on WNYC’s The Takeaway today to discuss book bans …

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U.S. Book Challenges Update

Book challenges and bans are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will frequently highlight several stories on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, …

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I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Tammi Moe

Tammi Moe, director of Octavia Fellin Public Library (OFPL) in Gallup, New Mexico, has worked to broaden OFPL’s programming and service reach beyond the library’s walls to reach Gallup’s majority Indigenous American population. By forging strong partnerships with other city departments and community organizations, Moe has facilitated a library presence at festivals, health fairs, career …

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