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Librarians Love Dolly!

The American Library Association (ALA) is giving an honorary lifetime membership to Dolly Parton! The award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist is receiving the honor for her longstanding support and commitment to inspiring a love of books and reading. Honorary membership is the highest honor given by ALA and conferred upon a living person whose […]

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Abby Ryder Fortson in Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. on the Big Screen: A Conversation with Star Abby Ryder Fortson

Judy Blume’s 1970 book, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. is a classic of young adult literature that follows an 11-year-old girl as she navigates puberty, religious questions, moving to a new city, and other big-life changes, all with Blume’s characteristic humor and warmth. And it’s now on the big screen in a new

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Library Eliminates Fines and Receives More than $400,000 Worth of Returns

Going fine-free can pay off—just ask Houston (Texas) Public Library (HPL). In January, Houston City Council voted to eliminate fines at HPL to encourage residents to use the library after seeing a decline in users. HPL held an amnesty period from January 18 to February 17 to allow users to return overdue books and materials

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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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Tracie D. Hall and Ibram X. Kendi

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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