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A Love Letter to Libraries

We’re absolutely smitten with The New York Times’ February 14 feature, “A Love Letter to Libraries, Long Overdue,” in which the newspaper sent photographers to seven states to document “the thrum and buzz in buildings once known for silence.” It was the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to the library world. The photos capture the undeniably …

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Win Your Own Copy of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!

We’re massive fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at I Love Libraries, particularly Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s truly masterful, charting how Wakanda mourns the loss of King T’Challa, aka Black Panther (the late Chadwik Boseman), while Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje fight …

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Super Bowl Rivals Join the Fight Against Book Bans

Philadelphia and Kansas City were gridiron rivals this past weekend at Super Bowl LVII, and the competition extended to the cities’ respective libraries. The directors of Kansas City Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia had a friendly wager going: After the game, the losing city’s library director will host a special storytime wearing …

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U.S. Books Challenges Update: February 9 Edition

Libraries and schools across the country are experiencing unprecedented levels of attempts to ban or remove books from their shelves. I Love Libraries will continue to raise awareness by highlighting attempts to censor library materials, as well as efforts by librarians, parents, students, and concerned citizens to push back against them. This roundup includes news …

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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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Libraries Serving Communities: How Libraries Are Sharing Booklist Reader with Patrons

This month, Booklist launched the print edition of Booklist Reader—which brings the magazine’s quality reviews, read-alikes, top 10 lists, author interviews, and more directly to library patrons—and we’re celebrating by highlighting some of the wonderful, innovative ways libraries are sharing Booklist Reader digitally and in print. You can order print copies of Booklist Reader now, …

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Lawmaker Sworn Into Congress on Superman Comic

How cool is this? Representative Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) was sworn in to Congress earlier this month on the Constitution, with a copy of the first Superman comic—on loan from the Library of Congress (LC)—tucked underneath (along with a photo of the Peru-born lawmaker’s parents and his citizenship certificate). Garcia is a lifelong Superman fan. “I …

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America Loves These Librarians!

Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the recipients of the I Love My Librarian Award. Thousands of library users from across the United States submit nominations for the award each year—but only 10 nominees can receive the honor. This year’s winners from academic, public, and school libraries are being recognized for their expertise, dedication, and impact on …

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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, New York, …

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