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As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers gear up for Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday, their respective cities’ libraries are teaming up to help protect the freedom to read.
Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) and San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) have made a friendly wager on the performance of their city’s teams. A library representative in the city whose team loses the Super Bowl will sport the winning city’s library gear and read a banned book in a recording that will be shared on social media as a part of the Tackle Censorship campaign, which began during Super Bowl LVII with Kansas City Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Elton John has earned Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards—the famed EGOT—for his work as a songwriter and entertainer, but an honor announced this week has us here at I Love Libraries particularly excited: the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which John will share with his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.
Schools with a strong school library program—and a certified school librarian—ensure their students have the best chance to succeed. But in too many schools, school library budgets and school librarian positions are being cut. This puts our children’s education and workforce readiness at peril.
Each year, The College Football Playoff Foundation, a nonprofit committed to supporting education, teachers, and students, gives back to the community hosting the playoffs by investing in its teachers and schools. For this round, the foundation identified six Houston-area schools for a makeover, including Ponderosa Elementary which received a $50,000 grant to upgrade its library.
Want to get involved in your library at a higher level? Consider becoming a library trustee. Library trustees are powerful advocates for libraries. Through the coordination, hard work, and determination of trustees, new libraries have been built, budgets have been restored and increased, and new respect has been generated for the powerful role libraries play in communities and on campuses.
Each year, libraries across the country get into the holiday spirit with festive displays, educational and entertaining programs, and vital outreach and food drives for their communities. One thing that we particularly love seeing from libraries this time of year is simple but provides joy for patrons of all ages: trains.
On December 13, the Library of Congress announced the films being added to the National Film Registry for 2023. The registry selects 25 films annually that showcase the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii—an aggression that plunged the US into World War II. The Library of Congress and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum have several collections that provide essential looks at that tragic, world-altering day.