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These Closed Libraries Are Still Providing Free Wi-Fi

With many schools, universities, and businesses closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students and workers are finding themselves needing to take classes or do their jobs from home—putting the millions of Americans who lack in-home internet access in a challenging position. Thankfully, many libraries have found ways to provide web access to their communities, even after […]

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Amazing Library Collections to Explore Online

Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations. And thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online. Check these out during your next internet deep dive: Library of Congress The Library of Congress—the largest library

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What Libraries Are Doing About COVID-19

Amid growing global concern about the coronavirus known as COVID-19, people are turning to libraries for resources about how to protect themselves and their communities. Libraries have long served as trusted sources for reliable health information, and librarians are trained experts at helping people find the latest facts about easily-misunderstood topics like COVID-19. “We’re information gatekeepers,

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Can Libraries Help Solve Climate Change? This Wisconsin Couple Says Yes

When Carol Phelps’ daughters were young, their public library was their favorite hangout, a place to talk books and play Dungeons & Dragons with friends. Now that the kids are grown—and both on their ways to becoming librarians themselves—the Phelps are helping libraries take on a more urgent role: educating Americans about climate change and

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Link Round-Up: Reading Dogs and Mobile Libraries

Here are a few of our favorite recent stories from around the web—from a deep-dive into fine-free policies to a list of the coolest library architecture around the world: “Bikes and Books in Afghanistan” Ketab Lwast is a student-led organization bringing a mobile library and reading instruction to rural regions across Afghanistan. Many local children

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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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