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Hunger Is on The Rise During COVID-19—Here’s What Libraries Are Doing to Help

In addition to providing free access to books and media, libraries have long worked to provide hunger relief in their communities. With food insecurity on the rise in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries have continued to work tirelessly to keep local families fed. Many libraries across the country have been pursuing partnerships with […]

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Book Lovers Are Flocking to This Livestreamed Bird Library

Miss spending time at your local library? Tune in to the live feed for the Bird Library, a popular hangout spot for sparrows, starlings, and other feathered friends. Librarian Rebecca Flowers and woodworker Kevin Cwalina created the Bird Library five years ago in their Charlottesville, Virginia backyard, inspired by a Norwegian café-themed bird feeder that

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UK Librarians Record Audiobook for 102-Year-Old Patron

Libraries go above and beyond for the communities they serve, providing far more than just free access to books and databases. One powerful recent example: staff at Ipswich County Library in Suffolk, UK recorded their own audiobook version of an out-of-print novel so that a local senior could relive cherished childhood memories. Like many librarians,

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Wayne State University Gives Free Books to Kids—With Help from Dolly Parton

Being read to is crucial for early childhood development, but many low-income families have limited access to books to share with their kids. That’s why Michigan’s Wayne State University Library System is teaming up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to distribute free books to Detroit families with children under five. Over the past three decades,

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New Podcast Follows One Library’s Extraordinary Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

America’s libraries are full of incredible stories—and a new podcast from the American Library Association (ALA) aims to share these amazing tales with the world. Patron Driven, a podcast from Choice (a publishing unit from the Association of College & Research Libraries), launched its series premiere this week. Each season will explore a different library’s

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“Artemis Fowl” Star Josh Gad Highlights the Magic of Libraries

In a new PSA video for the American Library Association, actor Josh Gad shares how libraries are places of discovery and imagination. While many libraries are closed to the public due to the pandemic, they’re still offering free access to countless digital resources online. “Like my new movie Artemis Fowl, libraries take us on journeys

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Your Pandemic Journal Entries and Photos Could Help Historians Understand COVID-19

We’re living through historic times—and libraries are working to make sure stories of life during the pandemic are collected and preserved for future generations. Through oral history and archive projects, librarians are encouraging community members to contribute text, images, and other mementos to serve as a collective record of COVID-19. At Los Angeles Public Library

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How Libraries Are Keeping Their Communities Strong During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for Americans of all walks of life. Nearly all of the nation’s libraries have had to close their doors to the public, but library staff have still been hard at work to support their communities while maintaining social distancing. From expanding existing remote services to developing innovative new

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Amid Pandemic, People Turn to Librarians for Answers

The coronavirus crisis has caused most libraries to close their doors to the public, but librarians have continued to serve their communities while maintaining social distancing. In addition to hosting virtual programs and sharing free digital resources, many libraries are offering extensive remote reference services, providing on-one-one assistance to information seekers in their areas. People

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Virtual Library Programs Abound During Pandemic

Libraries offer far more than just free access to books—they also host entertaining and informative programs for people of all ages. While the COVID-19 crisis has prevented libraries from hosting events in-person, they’ve transitioned to offering a diverse array of online activities for their communities to enjoy. For those who have been missing plays and

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