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Stories from Chinatown

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, when we pay tribute to and recognize the generations of Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders who have enriched American history and are instrumental to its present and future success. The celebration began as Asian Pacific Heritage Week in 1978, thanks to efforts by U.S. Representatives …

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This Is Librarians on Jeopardy!

The internet and game show lovers are abuzz over librarian Rhone Talsma’s victory over trivia ace Amy Schneider on Jeopardy! on Wednesday night. Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Il.) Library, beat the long-running champ when she failed to come up with the correct response to the clue, “The only nation in the world …

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Yuliana Aceves, I Love My Librarian Award winner

I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Yuliana Aceves

When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, people across the US found themselves quite suddenly without many essential services—including those offered by their local libraries. When Arlington (Texas) Public Library (APL) closed its doors due to the pandemic, APL community programming librarian Yuliana Aceves stepped up to help her community, leading her to be chosen as a …

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Meet 10 of America’s Favorite Librarians

Every year, thousands of library users submit nominations for the American Library Association (ALA)’s I Love My Librarian Award—but only 10 outstanding nominees can receive this prestigious honor. This year’s newly announced winners have truly gone above and beyond to serve and empower their communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “During an unprecedentedly challenging year, …

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Libraries Continue Supporting Their Communities During the Pandemic

Over the past few months, libraries have been hard at work providing key services to the populations they serve while maintaining social distancing. A recent survey from the American Library Association found several powerful examples of ways libraries have stepped up during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in many areas, and …

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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 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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From Bookmobiles to Outdoor Pop-Ups, Libraries Keep Their Communities Connected

Today is National Library Outreach Day, a celebration of the amazing work libraries do to connect everyone in their communities with resources and information. With physical library buildings closing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, staff have gone above and beyond to distribute books, provide internet access, and more. “From virtual storytimes for children to …

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Our Favorite Ways to Celebrate National Library Week

April 4 – 10 is National Library Week—a time for library lovers across the country to celebrate literacy, intellectual freedom, and equitable access to information. While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited in-person services and programs, libraries have gotten creative to keep their communities strong while socially distancing, from hosting innovative virtual programs to providing outdoor Wi-Fi access. Libraries are now …

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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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