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Maria Hinojosa on How Libraries Changed Her Life

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career has taken her all over the world, reporting for PBS, CBS, WGBH, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring and executive producing the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA. In her memoir, Once I Was You (now available in a Young Readers Edition from Simon & Schuster Books …

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Love Your Library Card? Show the World!

This Library Card Sign-Up Month, show everyone your love and support for libraries with a new shirt, hoodie, tote, apron, and more from the American Library Association (ALA). With graphics designed by ALA’s own Chase Ollis (who’s also a frequent I Love Libraries contributor), these goods are guaranteed to turn heads whenever you go while also …

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then-Secretary of Education William Bennett on stage with 1987-1988 ALA President Margaret Chisholm, then-NCLIS chairman Jerald Newman, and actor in Garfield costume at launch of Library Card Sign-up Month in 1987.

Happy 35th Birthday to Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM) turns 35 this year. As a part of our celebration, we’re looking back at the fascinating birth of this beloved library-outreach event. The genesis of LCSUM began as a response to then-Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated: “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card …

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Graphic featuring Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel and smiling and standing back to back and Dee the mouse smiling and holding a library card. Text reads "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Let your imagination sing at the library. Cara Mentzel & Idina Menzel, :ibrary Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chairs" Logos for American Library Association, OverDrive, and Library Champions. Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel Sing the Praises of Libraries this Month

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Wicked, Frozen, Rent) and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, are singing the praises of libraries as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month this year! As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara want to remind everyone that one of the best places to find your …

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Graphic featuring Dee the mouse smiling and holding a library card. Text reads "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Let your imagination sing at the library." Logos for American Library Association, OverDrive, and Library Champions.

Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month!

It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM)! Held each September, LCSUM is an annual reminder that library cards empower individuals and communities by providing free access to technology, multimedia content, educational programming, and much more. A library card opens up a world of learning for everyone and is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available.  …

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I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Tammi Moe

Tammi Moe, director of Octavia Fellin Public Library (OFPL) in Gallup, New Mexico, has worked to broaden OFPL’s programming and service reach beyond the library’s walls to reach Gallup’s majority Indigenous American population. By forging strong partnerships with other city departments and community organizations, Moe has facilitated a library presence at festivals, health fairs, career …

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Found in a Library Book

Librarians find the darndest things in returned library books, everything from a petrified, half-eaten chicken sandwich to saw blades to divorce papers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The librarians at Oakland (Calif.) Public Library have collected the treasures they’ve found in books over the years and digitized them to create the “Found …

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Collections To Be Proud Of: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Libraries and Archives

You’ll find them in community and health centers or inside larger university libraries, in locations across the country or fully online. LGBTQIA+ libraries and archives are relatively few and far between, comprising just a few dozen of the more than 116,000 libraries scattered throughout the United States. But despite their small footprint, the impact of …

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