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Still from the animated series Welcome to the Wayne featuring librarian Clara Rhone

This Nickelodeon Show Features a Magical Secret Library

by Burkely Hermann What if I told you that there was an all-ages animated series where a special and magnificent library was so central, it even surprised the series creator? There is such a show—Nickelodeon’s Welcome to the Wayne, created by Billy Lopez. It features a library that exemplifies the series’ quirkiness. The role of the library in the show goes

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Exterior of the Margaret Herrick Library

Lights, Camera, Library: Behind the Scenes at the Motion Picture Academy Archives

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may be best known for its annual Oscars ceremony, but the organization’s work continues year-round. Its efforts to uplift the medium of cinema are aided by a team of expert librarians and archivists, tasked with preserving and sharing the history of film. About 70 staff work at

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Photo of a person pulling a book off of a library shelf

10 People Share What Their Libraries Mean to Them

All throughout National Library Week, readers, learners, and educators have been reflecting on the countless ways libraries support their communities. The American Library Association’s #MyLibraryIs campaign invited social media users to share why they love their libraries. Here are a few of our favorite responses: “My library is the core of our city! The amenities

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Dan Rather in front of library shelves

Dan Rather Explains Why Libraries Are Cornerstones of Democracy

Venerated journalist Dan Rather is a longtime supporter of libraries. His recent book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, includes a powerful chapter about libraries as “temples of learning,” where people of all backgrounds can come together to access information. On Thursday, April 8—in honor of National Library Week and Take Action for Libraries Day—Rather will join

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Image of the Ever Given cargo ship blocking Niagara Falls

This Library Staffer’s App Lets You Wedge the Ever Given Anywhere

The internet has fallen head over hulls for the Ever Given, the container ship whose massive length blocked the Suez Canal for six days last week. Salvage crews have finally managed to free the vessel, but the memes are still flowing online—thanks in part to Boston Public Library (BPL) staff member Garrett Dash Nelson’s Ever Given

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Two children read a book together

This New Website Helps You Find the Best Kids’ Books

Looking for great books for the little ones in your life? The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has just launched their Book & Media Awards Shelf, a one-stop shop for finding world-class content for youth. The website lists almost 2,000 titles that have won ALSC awards over the past century. Each year, the organization’s

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Celebrating Take Action for Libraries Day

A partnership with the American Library Association, United for Libraries, and Booklist In honor of National Library Week and Take Action for Libraries Day, esteemed journalist Dan Rather joined Booklist’s Donna Seaman for a live conversation about his recent book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. Rather also reflected on the value of libraries in today’s society

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