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Library Book Clubs Go Virtual During Pandemic

virtualbookclub-thumbnail.png With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread, in-person gatherings are off the table—but library book clubs have found ways to keep the conversation going while maintaining social distancing. Virtual gatherings held over video chat or phone calls have allowed readers to stay connected and engaged during these unprecedented times. California’s Santa Maria Public Library

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Book covers: Drowned City, Josephine Baker, and New Kid

Librarians Share a Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List

Comics and graphic novels have long served to educate and engage readers around social injustice—which is why the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association have curated a list of comics relating to the Black Lives Matter movement. The list contains both fiction and

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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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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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