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Book Censorship 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 highlight several stories each week on the current crisis. This roundup includes reports from New York, …

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Fanning the Flames of Hate

“Those who burn books will in the end burn people.” Edna Friedberg, a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., opened the April 6 online discussion, “Fires of Hate: How the Nazis Targeted Books and Free Thinking,” with an ominous quote from Heinrich Heine. Heine wrote the line in 1821 for …

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Bookmobiles on Parade

It’s National Library Outreach Day, when we celebrate library outreach and dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Whether it’s a bookmobile stop at the local elementary school, services provided to community homes, or library pop-ups at community gatherings, these services are essential to the community. This National Library Outreach Day, …

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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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Reading Ukraine

This is a guest post by Donna Seaman, adult books editor at Booklist. As we watch Russia’s massive war crimes against the people of Ukraine with horror and helplessness, many questions continue to arise. Reading in a quest for understanding is one way to cope with the terror, outrage, and sorrow. These titles have been …

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Want to Choose Your Next Great Read Like a Librarian?

For more than a century Booklist has published thousands of reviews each year to help library and education workers decide what to buy for their shelves and what to recommend to patrons and students. Now you can access the same great reviews that librarians read in the Booklist Reader, a new digital library patron-facing magazine …

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Fresh Librarian-approved Kids’ Reads for Summer 2021

Looking for great summer reads for the young readers (and pre-readers) in your life? This list of librarian-recommended books for babies through fifth graders is a great place to start. Compiled annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, this list is meant for parents and caregivers …

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Rainbow Book Month

Looking for great LGBTQIA+ books to read this summer?

June is Pride Month, and it is also Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. If you are looking for some LGBTQIA+ literature to celebrate, look no further than the Stonewall Book Awards, …

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