News and Updates

News and Updates

Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings and librarian Abby Mann

Illinois Librarian Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’

Congratulations to librarian Abby Mann for her win on the May 28 episode of “Jeopardy!” A digital scholarship librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Ames Library, Mann came from behind in Final Jeopardy! to put an end to graduate student Amar Kakirde’s four-game winning streak, winning $5,200 in the process. Mann will defend her title against a teacher and an archivist in a new episode airing tonight.
Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C. 1943 May

Library Collections Preserve Veterans’ Stories

This Memorial Day, we’re remembering those who have served in the U.S. armed forces throughout American history by exploring the various military and veterans collections at libraries across the U.S. They’re fascinating—and sobering—histories that reveal incredible stories of bravery, patriotism, and sacrifice.
The Kite Runner

‘The Kite Runner’ Next Up for ALA/NBC Banned Book Club

For AAPI Heritage Month, the American Library Association/NBC Banned Book Club will discuss Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed novel, "The Kite Runner." Hosseini’s book has faced numerous bans and challenges since its release, rooted in Islamophobia and claims that it promotes sexual violence and terrorism.
Daisy Ridley in Young Woman and the Sea

Daisy Ridley: “Libraries can take you on an incredible journey”

Glenn Stout’s 2009 book “The Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World” tells the story of the American Olympic-medal-winning swimmer who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. And it’s now a new feature film from Disney starring Daisy Ridley as Trudy Ederle. “It will take you on an incredible journey,” Ridley said in a special message she recorded for I Love Libraries. “Just like all the wonderful stories you can find in libraries do.” 
How I Library episode four: Jason Reynolds

‘How I Library’ Episode Four: Jason Reynolds

In episode four of the “How I Library” podcast, I Love Libraries editor and show host Phil Morehart speaks with #1 New York Times-bestselling author Jason Reynolds. They discuss writing for young readers, the fun and challenges of working in the superhero world, book bans, library memories, music, and more.
Mychal Threets

Librarian Named One of Time’s Next Generation Leaders

Time has unveiled its Next Generation Leaders list for 2024, and librarian Mychal Threets, who was also a recipient of a 2024 I Love My Librarian Award, is amongst the honorees. Threets has taken the U.S. by storm with his TikToks that celebrate reading and spreading “library joy.”
C2E2 entrance

Pop Culture, Comics, and Book Ban Conversations at C2E2

The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) rolled through the Windy City April 26-28, bringing with it thousands of fans and exhibitors of everything pop culture—from comics books to role-playing and video games to movies and beyond. Given the literary underpinnings of almost every bit of media showcased at C2E2, it’s no surprise that book bans and libraries would be represented.
mental health

Mental Health and the Role of Libraries

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Libraries play a critical and often overlooked role in helping to address the mental health challenges in our cities and society, with many libraries employing social services teams to connect patrons to critical services.
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