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ALA Unveils the 2023 Youth Media Award Winners

The annual announcement of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards is the biggest event of the year in the world of children’s publishing—20 separate awards for books and media, all chosen by librarians. And who knows children’s literature better than librarians? The Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and other Youth Media Awards …

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LibLearnX in New Orleans: Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The library world is converging in New Orleans at the end of January for a new breed of library conference. And if you work in the library profession, you should be there. Rising from the ashes of the American Library Association’s (ALA) now-defunct Midwinter gatherings, LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (held January 27-30, at the …

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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 Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, …

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ICYMI: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s Literarian Award Acceptance Speech

“Moments like these are not intended to shine a spotlight on one individual but rather to hold up a mirror that reflects all of the people and places that have contributed to what an individual has become. Tonight is a reflection of two groups of people that have lit a lifelong fire within me—people who …

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The Beatles Get Back to Texas Library … 40 Years Late

Have you ever loved something that you’ve checked out from the library SO MUCH that you forgot to return it—for more than four decades?! A cassette tape that was checked out 44 years ago from San Antonio Public Library’s (SAPL) Westfall branch was finally returned this month to SAPL. The tape (or “phonotape,” according to …

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Holidays Gifts for Book Lovers of All Ages

Searching for gifts for the book lovers in your life (or yourself) this holiday season? The American Library Association (ALA) has you covered, with everything from buttons, stickers, totes, and shirts proclaiming library love to posters featuring celebs and authors with their favorite books to journals and more. Let’s get started!   As 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 Michigan, South Carolina, …

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ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

National Book Foundation Honors ALA Executive Director with Literarian Award

Librarians across the country will be tuning in tonight as one of their own is honored at the 73rd National Book Awards in New York City. The National Book Foundation, which presents the annual awards, will honor Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA), with its 2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding …

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