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Racial Healing Resources from Library Workers and Scholars

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans are an urgent reminder of the importance of learning and self-reflecting about structural racism and racial justice. Wondering where to get started? The American Library Association’s Great Stories Club has reading lists, discussion questions, and other resources for critically examining …

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Free Coloring Pages and Writing Prompts for Library Lovers

Need a break during these challenging times? The American Library Association has shared a free PDF with coloring pages, writing prompts, and inspirational quotes for the library community to enjoy while social distancing. The printable coloring pages let you decorate book covers, flowers, geometric patterns, and more. Writing prompts offer inspiration for creating whimsical poetry, …

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Barack and Michelle Obama Join Chicago Public Library for Virtual Storytime

Libraries across the country have been pulling out all the stops to create engaging, educational online read-alouds for the millions of children staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Public Library’s Live From The Library Facebook series has featured appearances from authors, actors, and musicians; the latest guest readers on the list are Chicagoans Barack …

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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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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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Visit this Library’s Virtual Branch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

With coronavirus continuing to spread, in-person gatherings are off the table—but one librarian in South Carolina is using video games to bring her community together virtually. Tina Chenoweth, Young Adult Services Manager at the Baxter-Patrick James Island branch of Charleston County Public Library, has been recreating her library in the popular new video game Animal …

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Kids Staying Home? Librarians Recommend These Apps and Games

With schools closing across the country to slow the spread of COVID-19, parents and caregivers are in a challenging position: keeping kids engaged and entertained at home, often while working remotely at the same time. The internet offers countless children’s apps and games that purport to be educational, but choosing which ones to download can …

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Experience Hogwarts with This Virtual Library Escape Room

Libraries across the country are closing their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped serving their communities. One library in McMurray, Pennsylvania created an online Harry Potter escape room to keep local teens entertained at home. Peters Township Public Library’s digital escape room includes a variety of magic-themed puzzles, …

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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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