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Librarians as Gatekeepers

It’s Banned Books Week, when the national conversation is centered on the freedom to read and attempts by groups and individuals across the country to censor books and remove them from libraries and schools. But did you know that librarians regularly remove books from libraries every year? It’s called “weeding,” and it’s an essential task …

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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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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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Book Challenges and Bans in the News

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 news from Florida, Illinois, …

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Found in a Library Book

Librarians find the darndest things in returned library books, everything from a petrified, half-eaten chicken sandwich to saw blades to divorce papers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The librarians at Oakland (Calif.) Public Library have collected the treasures they’ve found in books over the years and digitized them to create the “Found …

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Marcel on the Big Screen: A Conversation with Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp

Marcel the one-inch-tall shell became an internet sensation in a 2010 stop-motion animated short by director Dean Fleischer Camp and writer/actress Jenny Slate. Sequels and picture books followed, and now Marcel (voiced by Slate) is hitting the big screen—and an American Library Association (ALA) READ poster—in Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, a delightful film …

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