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Virtual Storytimes Keep Families Engaged

Families across the country count on library storytime programs to teach kids early literacy skills—but with most libraries closing to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, these in-person read-alouds have been put on hold. Fortunately, America’s libraries have gotten creative, using video and audio technology to keep reading to children while maintaining social …

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Book covers of The Underground Railroad, Year of the Monkey, and The Phantom Tollbooth

Librarians and Readers’ Quarantine Book Recommendations

During these times of social distancing, many have turned to books for comfort and connection. Looking for a great recommendation? We asked the American Library Association’s social media followers to share their favorite titles they’ve read during the pandemic. Some recurring themes: many readers have been seeking out old favorites and comfort reads, while others …

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Read Harry Potter for Free This National Library Week

National Library Week is April 19 – 25—and what better way to celebrate than by downloading free eBooks and audiobooks from your local library system? Through the end of April, participating libraries are offering unlimited free loans of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as an eBook and audiobook through the Libby app. With no …

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Covers of George, The Handmaids Tale, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

These Are 2019’s Most Commonly Banned Books

Libraries stand up for everyone’s right to read, but it’s not always easy to keep controversial books on the shelves. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks attempts to censor materials and programs from libraries, schools, and universities—today, in conjunction with National Library Week, they released their Top Ten Most Challenged Books list …

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Booklist Just Announced Free Online Access for All

Good news for bibliophiles everywhere: Booklist, the American Library Association’s book review magazine, is giving away free access to all its online content. “The COVID-19 threat is unprecedented and will continue to cause extreme disruption,” explained George Kendall, editor and publisher of Booklist Publications. “We want to help minimize these disruptions where we can for …

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Amazing Library Collections to Explore Online

Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations. And thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online. Check these out during your next internet deep dive: Library of Congress The Library of Congress—the largest library …

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Covers of In the Dream House, Black Leopard Red Wolf, and Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

10 LGBTQ Books Recommended by Librarians

Each year, members of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Roundtable select highlights from the diverse landscape of queer publishing for their Over the Rainbow Book List. Books span a variety of genres and include both fiction and nonfiction titles, but all of their selections combine great storytelling and authentic LGBTQ content for adult readers. “I …

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Book covers of The People Could Fly, One Crazy Summer, and Thank You Omu

5 Coretta Scott King Award Winners to Read This Black History Month

Each year, a jury of library workers selects outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults to receive the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, the award highlights literature that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal …

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ALA Youth Media Awards

The 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards are out!

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia this morning. Here’s the list of 2020 award winners: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s …

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