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Ghosts in the Stacks

Books flying off shelves. Strange sounds emanating from nowhere. Sudden temperature changes in hallways and back rooms. Spectral figures floating through the stacks.  If your library is experiencing any of the above phenomena it just may be haunted! And it won’t be alone. There are many supposedly haunted libraries throughout the United States. It’s not …

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Halloween Frights (and More) From the Library of Congress

Halloween season is upon us. (Finally!) We love this time of the year here at I Love Libraries—the month-long horror-movie marathons, the costume parties, the scary (and often cheesy) haunted houses, sharing ghost stories with friends and family, chowing down on all sorts of candy and treats, and the decorations. Especially the decorations. Halloween allows …

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National Friends of Libraries Week

Thank You for Being a Friend

It’s National Friends of Libraries Week! Now in its 17th year, this weeklong celebration organized by United for Libraries recognizes all the incredible things that Friends groups do for libraries. You may be asking yourself, “What exactly are Friends groups?” Great question. Friends of Libraries are non-profit, charitable volunteer groups that support libraries of all …

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Booklist Reader

Meet Booklist Reader, Your New Book-Discovery Companion

Facing full bookshelves at your local library, though wonderful, can also be daunting. The American Library Association has just what you need! Booklist Reader, the monthly book-review magazine for avid readers like you, makes it fun and easy to discover new books. Wonder how Booklist Reader can enhance your TBR list? Read on below! Find …

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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 Michigan, Maryland, Arkansas, …

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Booklist Reader

Discover the Booklist Reader

I Love Libraries is a big fan of the Booklist Reader from our friends over at Booklist. It’s an invaluable tool to help readers discover new books at their libraries. It also features author interviews, top 10 lists, and more. Everything today’s book lover needs! Biz Hyzy, marketing specialist at Booklist, tells us more. September …

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Spider-Man Library Card

NYPL’s Spider-Man Library Cards Are Super

Spider-Man is returning to the library! New York Public Library (NYPL) has partnered with Marvel Entertainment on a brand-new library card design to encourage new and existing patrons to explore all that the library has to offer, featuring classic images from Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. Collider writes: “Following the New …

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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 Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, …

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Lizzo

“History is freaking cool you guys!” Lizzo Brings History to Life with James Madison’s Flute

It was history more than 200 years in the making. While performing her Tuesday night set on “The Special Tour” in Washington, D.C., superstar performer and classically trained flautist Lizzo treated fans to a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle: playing a crystal flute owned by former U.S. President James Madison that is currently held by the Library of …

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Kevin Eastman

Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Co-Creator Kevin Eastman Loves Libraries

There was a time when the names Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo conjured images of Italian Renaissance artists. But today, for many, those names are forever linked to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—a ragtag group of mutated, adolescent, martial arts-master turtles who fight crime from the sewers of New York City. Before they became film, …

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