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Seth Meyers Shares a Message for National Library Week

National Library Week is April 19 – 25—and comedian and Late Night host Seth Meyers is helping spread the word in a new video. “Although we can’t visit our local libraries right now, they’re as important as ever,” he explains. “Please take advantage of the services they’re still providing like eBooks, like audiobooks, so libraries …

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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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Video Chat from the Library with These Webcam Backdrops

With meetings, classes, and happy hours now taking place via video calls, webcam users have started digitally replacing their backdrops to cover up messy homes or just get a change of scenery. We’ve seen people call in from tropical islands, outer space, and even Pee-wee Herman’s Playhouse—why not take your next Zoom meeting from one …

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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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Librarians’ Advice for Educators

As the coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread, schools, colleges, and universities across the country find themselves in an unprecedented position: working to uphold their teaching and research missions while switching entirely to online learning. Libraries are a key resource for educators wondering about the role of copyright in the virtual classroom. “Libraries have …

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Can Libraries Help Solve Climate Change? This Wisconsin Couple Says Yes

When Carol Phelps’ daughters were young, their public library was their favorite hangout, a place to talk books and play Dungeons & Dragons with friends. Now that the kids are grown—and both on their ways to becoming librarians themselves—the Phelps are helping libraries take on a more urgent role: educating Americans about climate change and …

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Tell Your Stories This National Library Week

Is your library looking for a new way to celebrate National Library Week, April 19-25? Here’s an engaging idea from the Bridges Library System in southeast Wisconsin: Share your patrons’ library stories with the community. Jill Fuller, marketing and communications librarian for the Bridges Library System, explains, “Our plan was to collect a variety of …

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Unlike Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler Loves Libraries

As Parks and Recreation fans know, the usually-upbeat government official Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) has one big sore spot: libraries. As she explains in one episode, library workers are “mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous.” We have to disagree—and apparently, Poehler does too. “Libraries were a big deal …

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Our Favorite Swag for Library Lovers

Surprise your book-loving friends and family—or treat yourself—with these awesome library-themed items. The best part? Sales from all these products support the American Library Association, which helps our nation’s libraries expand their impact in their local communities. “Make Orwell Fiction Again” Tote Calling all intellectual freedom fighters: this eye-catching bag can hold all the banned …

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