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Librarians Partner with Netflix to Support “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices”

Librarians have teamed up with Netflix to provide resources connected to the new series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. Bookmarks is a collection of 12 episodes featuring different Black celebrities—including Tiffany Haddish, Common, and Jill Scott—reading children’s books from Black authors. The videos are designed to showcase the Black experience and spark broader conversations about identity, …

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Book covers: The Mountain's Base, What Do You Do With a Voice Like That, Surviving the City Vol. 1, Rise!, Forward Me Back To You, The Proudest Blue, We Set The Dark On Fire, Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All

Librarians Share Their Top Ten Feminist Books for Youth

Looking for great kids’ and YA reads about gender equality and justice? Librarians from the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table have compiled a powerful list entitled “Rise: A Feminist Book Project for ages 0-18.” Selections include fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels and highlight the work of diverse authors and illustrators. Here …

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Twanna Hodge holds up signs highlighting the ALA Spectrum Scholarship program

On Being Black in Librarianship

by Twanna Hodge Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of librarianship, but we’re still a long way from library staff reflecting the demographics of their communities: more than three quarters of librarians are white, and just 6.8% are Black. The American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship program is one program working to change this, offering …

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Library “Quaranzine” Finds Beauty in Social Distancing

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people everywhere are living through historic, challenging times. With that in mind, Virginia’s Arlington Public Library (APL) launched a “quaranzine” to provide a creative outlet for local residents. Since early April, APL has published weekly online issues of the Quaranzine, spotlighting multidisciplinary contributions from community members of all ages; submissions …

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Dial This Number to Hear a Singing Librarian

Libraries are hubs for their communities—while most libraries have had to close to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are working hard to keep people connected while maintaining social distancing. Park Ridge Public Library (PRPL) in Illinois has found a creative way to engage and entertain locals: the Library Line, a phone number anyone …

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9 People You Might Not Know Were Librarians

For centuries, librarians have served as keepers of knowledge, helping people access the information they need to learn and create. Some of history’s greatest thinkers also served as librarians themselves, from award-winning authors to the inventor of calculus. Here are a few famous people you might not know were librarians: Audre Lorde The legendary poet, …

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School Librarians Take the Lead During the Pandemic

April is School Library Month—a time to recognize school libraries and librarians as information and technology experts in their schools and communities. Schools across the country are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but teaching and learning continues. School librarians are meeting the challenge in  innovative ways, keeping their learners and fellow teachers connected …

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The reading room of Nashville Public Library

Proposed Tennessee Bill Threatens Librarians with Fines or Jail Time

Libraries have long advocated for everyone’s freedom to read and access information—but a pending bill in the Tennessee legislature would bring widespread censorship to the state’s public libraries. HB 2721/SB 2896, also known as the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, would establish a five-person review board for every public library in Tennessee. These oversight …

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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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