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News and Updates

Coretta Scott King Book Awards seal

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Celebrate 55th Anniversary

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Presented annually by the American Library Association, the awards serve as a guide for parents, librarians, and caregivers for the most outstanding books for youth by African American authors and illustrators that affirm African American culture and universal human values.
I Love My Librarian Award 2025. Photos of four librarians. Clockwise from top left: Mychal Threets holds a bag that says "RAISED BY LIBRARIES"; Clare Graham poses inside a life-size Barbie box; Gabriel Graña holds up a flag from his school; Diana Haneski poses with her school's therapy dog River in the library.

Let’s Show Our Librarians Some Love!

Love your librarian? Of course you do! Nominations are now open for this year’s I Love My Librarian Award, and ten librarians will receive $5,000 and the recognition of a lifetime.
An originial Zonophone from the Universal Talking Machine Company. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress.

Library of Congress Unveils Its Treasures

The Library of Congress has opened its vaults to showcase and celebrate some of its most historically significant holdings—many of which are on public display for the first time.
Woodstock Public Library

New York Library Receives Bomb Threat After Drag Story Hour

On the morning of Sunday, June 9, Woodstock (N.Y.) Public Library received a bomb threat via email. The library had hosted a drag story hour the day before.
Amanda Jones book, That Librarian

A Librarian Fights Back

Amanda Jones, one of the first librarians in the US to file a defamation lawsuit against her detractors, received death threats, online harassment and bullying, and more after making a speech against book censorship at her local library board in July 2022. Jones is telling her story in her debut memoir, “That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning,” which will be released later this summer.
Ethan and Maya Hawke on the set of Wildcat

‘How I Library’ Episode Five: Ethan and Maya Hawke

In episode five of “How I Library,” I Love Libraries editor and show host Phil Morehart speaks with Ethan and Maya Hawke about “Wildcat,” their new film about author Flannery O’Connor. They discuss bringing O’Connor to the big screen, as well as their thoughts on book bans and censorship, their book recommendations, and, of course, how they library.
banned books map 3.24.23

U.S. Book Challenges Update: May 31 Edition

Libraries and schools across the country are experiencing unprecedented levels of attempts to ban or remove books from their shelves. I Love Libraries will continue to raise awareness by highlighting attempts to censor library materials, as well as efforts by librarians, parents, students, and concerned citizens to push back against them. This report includes news from Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Idaho.
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.
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