Libraries in Pop Culture

Libraries in Pop Culture

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Library of Congress to Honor Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John has earned Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards—the famed EGOT—for his work as a songwriter and entertainer, but an honor announced this week has us here at I Love Libraries particularly excited: the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which John will share with his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

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Scares in the Stacks: Libraries in Horror Films

It’s Halloween! And if you’re not out and about trick-or-treating, hitting up costume parties, visiting haunted houses, or engaging in the wide variety of spooky fun that comes with the season this evening (or if you need something to do afterwards), you’re most likely watching horror movies. We know we will be. And some of our favorites involve libraries, of course. It’s the perfect locale for some scares.

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Still from the film Barbie

Barbie Goes to the Library

2023 is the year of Barbie. Director Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster film—which just passed $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales—has been ubiquitous since its late-July release, infusing everything it touches with an effervescent, pink glow. Libraries have been getting in on the action, too, curating collections and displays both onsite and online devoted to the doll/pop culture icon that changed the world.

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Dolly Parton READ poster

Librarians Love Dolly!

The American Library Association (ALA) is giving an honorary lifetime membership to Dolly Parton! The award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist is receiving the honor for her longstanding support and commitment to inspiring a love of books and reading. Honorary membership is the highest honor given by ALA and conferred upon a living person whose

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Laugh It Up at the Library

Knock, knock. Who’s there? National Humor Month. National Humor Month who? National Humor Month is NOW! Yes, we know: That was a horrible, terrible, very unfunny joke, but we’re just so excited for National Humor Month, observed every April. Founded in 1976 by Larry Wilde, author and director of the Carmel Institute of Humor, National

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever graphic

Win Your Own Copy of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!

We’re massive fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at I Love Libraries, particularly Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s truly masterful, charting how Wakanda mourns the loss of King T’Challa, aka Black Panther (the late Chadwik Boseman), while Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje fight

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Representative Robert Garcia and a copy of Superman no. 1

Lawmaker Sworn Into Congress on Superman Comic

How cool is this? Representative Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) was sworn in to Congress earlier this month on the Constitution, with a copy of the first Superman comic—on loan from the Library of Congress (LC)—tucked underneath (along with a photo of the Peru-born lawmaker’s parents and his citizenship certificate). Garcia is a lifelong Superman fan. “I

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Ghostbusters still image

Ghosts in the Stacks

Books flying off shelves. Strange sounds emanating from nowhere. Sudden temperature changes in hallways and back rooms. Spectral figures floating through the stacks.  If your library is experiencing any of the above phenomena it just may be haunted! And it won’t be alone. There are many supposedly haunted libraries throughout the United States. It’s not

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