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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Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations.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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5 Awesome Library Resources—All Accessible from Home

As the coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread, more and more people are staying home from work, school, and social events. If you’re hoping to stay occupied, your local library has a vast selection of free entertainment and educational materials, all accessible from the comfort of your computer or smart phone. Here are some …

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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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People Share Their Favorite Library Lifehacks

Libraries are filled with information, ideas, and resources; are you making the most of what your library has to offer? We asked ilovelibraries.org readers to share their top tips for finding the best library materials and programs—here are a few of our favorites: Find Awesome Events “Every library has a schedule of events and happenings. …

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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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Tweet reading, I just got a library card! I can't believe I haven't utilized my local library until now. In addition to the obvious, they have graphic novels, audiobooks, movies, access to WiFi, printing, Microsoft Office. All for free!

6 Library Tweets We Loved This Week

Library lovers are everywhere—including on Twitter. This week, social media users shared all kinds of great thoughts about libraries, from childhood memories to the joys of getting your first grown-up library card. We heard from authors, comedians, musicians, and more about why libraries are so important. Shout out to these folks for helping get the word …

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Nick Offerman Explains Why Libraries are More Important Than Ever

In a new promotional video from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), actor Nick Offerman stars as the Wizard of the World Wide Web, convening an emergency meeting of the “elders of the internet.” In the video, avatars representing pop-up ads, social media, and other fixtures of online life have assembled at a “secret …

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