Phil Morehart

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ALA Executive Director Calls Book Censorship a Slippery Slope for Human Rights

“We’re in a period when the rise in book censorship and book challenges … should be of general concern for everyone.” American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie D. Hall was a guest on C-SPAN’s About Books on February 3 to discuss her personal history with libraries and the current issues affecting the library and book worlds. …

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Screenshot of animated program In recent years, libraries have become program Milo Murphy's Law.

More Than the Internet on Paper: Libraries in Milo Murphy’s Law

This is a guest post by Burkely Hermann, the librarian behind Pop Culture Library Review. Libraries have become prominent in animated TV series in recent years, especially in all-ages shows. This includes Disney offerings like DuckTales, Amphibia, Big City Greens, The Ghost and Molly McGee, and Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure. One Disney program goes beyond these examples: the exciting sci-fi comedy Milo Murphy’s Law. This 40-episode …

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t-shirt featurung the Fabio vintage READ poster. Nearby, a box of heart-shaped candy, candles , and a stack of books.

I Can’t Believe It’s Fabio … on a READ Shirt!

That chiseled jawline; the flowing, blonde locks; an accent that melts butter…. It must be Fabio! The statuesque Italian model was ubiquitous in the 1990s, appearing on the covers of more than 1,300 romance novels, serving as the spokesperson for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, and releasing his own album Fabio After Dark, which features the …

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Schumer, Others Speak Out Against Book Banning

“Deeply disturbing and downright Orwellian.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) didn’t mince words when discussing the recent wave of book banning and book challenges that is erupting in schools and libraries across the US. Speaking from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Schumer denounced the efforts as “patently un-American.” “We don’t need to look that far into history …

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Book covers for Maus

Maus Under Fire

Art Spiegelman is speaking out after his graphic novel Maus was banned by a Tennessee school board last week. Maus chronicles Spiegelman’s family’s history during the Holocaust, with Jewish characters rendered as mice and Nazis as cats. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992—the first graphic novel to win the award. The 10-member board in McMinn County chose to remove the two-volume book …

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This Is Librarians on Jeopardy!

The internet and game show lovers are abuzz over librarian Rhone Talsma’s victory over trivia ace Amy Schneider on Jeopardy! on Wednesday night. Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Il.) Library, beat the long-running champ when she failed to come up with the correct response to the clue, “The only nation in the world …

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Molly Shannon

In Praise of Libraries and Writing

Last weekend, thousands of librarians gathered for the American Library Association’s inaugural LibLearnXvirtual conference, where they had opportunities to hear from authors and luminaries about their work, the value of literacy and education, and the importance of libraries and librarians. Here’s what a few of them had to say: Molly Shannon, actor, comedian, and author …

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ALA Youth Media Awards

Celebrating the Year’s Best Literature for Children and Young Adults

This morning, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, digital media, video, and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at the Youth Media Awards, which took place virtually during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. Selected by librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards …

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Yuliana Aceves, I Love My Librarian Award winner

I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Yuliana Aceves

When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, people across the US found themselves quite suddenly without many essential services—including those offered by their local libraries. When Arlington (Texas) Public Library (APL) closed its doors due to the pandemic, APL community programming librarian Yuliana Aceves stepped up to help her community, leading her to be chosen as a …

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