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A Snapshot of America’s Libraries in 2021

On April 4, the American Library Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two, a snapshot of the library community’s resilience, determination, and innovation in unprecedented circumstances. The report, which comes out annually during National Library Week, highlights how US libraries navigated the second year of the pandemic, an upswing …

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Celebrate National Library Week with Us

April 3-9 is National Library Week—a time for library lovers across the country to celebrate literacy, intellectual freedom, and equitable access to information. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its third year, libraries are proving to be more essential than ever, providing services and programs that have kept communities strong even while socially distancing. The …

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Majority of Voters Support the Freedom to Read

Amid the recent upswing in efforts to ban books across the United States, a new national poll commissioned by the American Library Association (ALA) shows that seven in 10 voters oppose efforts to remove books from public libraries, including majorities of voters across party lines. According to the poll, large majorities of voters (71%) oppose …

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What It Feels Like to Be a Librarian During an Attempt to Ban Books

This is a guest post by Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  We often hear about book bans from the perspective of the banners, but these events affect whole communities, particularly library professionals on the receiving end of accusations and threats. I know because it happened to me …

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Urgent Action is Needed to Support Libraries this Infrastructure Week

There’s been a lot of debate on the Hill and in the media about what constitutes infrastructure. As the Biden Administration begins its push to pass a $2 trillion package designed to reshape and rebuild the economy – and the country – library supporters like Eric Klinenberg are asking: why aren’t libraries a part of this bill? Writing in …

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It Only Takes Two Minutes to Help Build America’s Libraries

Libraries have always been cornerstones of their communities, and during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve transformed their services to connect people with the resources they need while maintaining social distancing. But while libraries are among our nation’s important institutions, many are woefully underfunded. New federal legislation would help fix that, providing much-needed upgrades to library …

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Shop These Holiday Gifts to Support Libraries

Searching for the perfect presents for the book lovers in your life? We’ve curated some of the coolest posters, accessories, activity books, and more for readers and librarians. The best part: the profits from all of these items support the American Library Association (ALA)’s efforts to promote equity and access to information for all. Your …

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Drop Everything and Look at This Adorable Baby Yoda READ® Poster

For more than thirty years, actors, authors, and musicians have teamed up with the American Library Association’s READ® campaign to promote the joy of literacy. This week, The Mandalorian’s breakout star The Child—also known as Baby Yoda and Grogu—is joining their ranks with his very own celebrity READ® poster. Back in the early 1980s, ALA’s Yoda READ® poster graced …

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Here’s How You Can Support Internet Access for All

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are turning to the web for school, work, and community—but for the 33 million U.S. households without a home internet connection, getting online isn’t so simple. Since lockdown began in March 2020, libraries have gotten creative to promote digital equity and access; supporting the American Library Association (ALA) is …

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8 Products for Fighting Censorship in Style

It’s Banned Books Week—the annual celebration of the freedom to read! Books, resources, and programs are still being threatened with censorship in libraries and schools. Thankfully, library workers, educators, and readers are rallying together year-round to protect their communities’ First Amendment rights. Take a stand against censorship with these cool shirts, mugs, and more from the …

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