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NYPL hip-hop library card

NYC Libraries Celebrate Hip-Hop with New Library Cards

New York Public Library (NYPL) and Queens Public Library (QPL) are recognizing the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a slew of programs and events, and we’re particularly excited about their limited-edition library cards that celebrate the genre and New York City’s role in making it a global cultural movement.

I Love My Librarian Award 2024 logo with blue stripes. Text reads: Your librarian could receive $5,000!

Nominate Your Favorite Librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award

Has a librarian made a difference in your life or gone above and beyond to serve your community? Then show them some love by nominating them for the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award!

The I Love My Librarian Award invites library lovers like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year, up to 10 librarians are honored at a ceremony held in their honor and receive a $5,000 cash award.

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Ohio Library Loops Into Hearing Assistive Technology

Medina County (Ohio) District Library (MCDL) is helping patrons with hearing loss thanks to the American Library Association (ALA).  

The library in the northern Ohio town is among the recipients of ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities grants, an initiative offers more than $7 million to small and rural libraries to better serve people who have disabilities. MDCL is using its $20,000 award to install hearing loop technology at its location in Medina, Ohio.

Malorie Blackman

Libraries Must Be Protected, Says Former UK Children’s Laureate

Malorie Blackman fears for the future of libraries. The celebrated British author who served as the UK’s Children’s Laureate from 2013-2015 told attendees at the 2023 Hay Festival, a literature and arts fest held in Wales May 25-June 4, that libraries should be “ringfenced and protected” to ensure that all children have access to books.

Gabriel García Márquez Library

Library Passport: Barcelona’s Geometric Beauty

In the monthly feature, Library Passport, I Love Libraries satisfies its neverending wanderlust by highlighting exceptional libraries from around the world. Grab your passport and join us! We’re in love with the Gabriel García Márquez Library in Barcelona, Spain. The library is dedicated to the Colombian Nobel laureate who lived in the city from 1967-1975 …

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Verso Studios

Library Releases Vinyl Album of Local Music Recorded at Its Own Studio

Libraries rock—quite literally in some cases. Westport (Conn.) Library is home to Verso Studios, a media resource and production hub that offers creative music and video production opportunities and commercial services for library patrons and the community at-large. It’s an impressive space, complete with an SSL (the “Rolls Royce of studio consoles”) hybrid analog recording …

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California Governor Gavin Newsom

California Governor Pens Love Letter to Libraries

We’re still buzzing from National Library Week (NLW), which wrapped on Saturday, April 29. The awareness, advocacy, and love for libraries, librarians, and library workers that we saw throughout the country was outstanding. While it would be a near-impossible task for us to highlight every single way that libraries were championed during NLW 2023, one …

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Get It at Your Library … Anything!

The popular conception that libraries are simply book repositories has been turned on its head over the years, with libraries expanding to offer a myriad of services and materials for their communities. They lend items like museum passes, games, musical instruments, and tools. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book …

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