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150 Years of Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is celebrating its 150th anniversary in grand style, with 150 days of events and activities. From December 7, 2022, through May 6, 2023, the library is hosting events at branches throughout the city, everything from storytimes and the creation of a district-wide book banner to workshops on the history of …

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U.S. Book Challenges Update

Book challenges and bans are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will frequently highlight several stories on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, …

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Tracie D. Hall and Ibram X. Kendi

ICYMI: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s Literarian Award Acceptance Speech

“Moments like these are not intended to shine a spotlight on one individual but rather to hold up a mirror that reflects all of the people and places that have contributed to what an individual has become. Tonight is a reflection of two groups of people that have lit a lifelong fire within me-people who …

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Pearl Harbor naval base and U.S.S. Shaw ablaze after the Japanese attack

America Reacts to Pearl Harbor

Eighty-one years ago, on December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii-an aggression that plunged the US into World War II. The unprecedented attack changed the course of the war and changed the American populace, shattering their sense of security while also creating a unifying purpose as the US entered the …

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Beatles cassette at SAPL.

The Beatles Get Back to Texas Library … 40 Years Late

Have you ever loved something that you’ve checked out from the library SO MUCH that you forgot to return it-for more than four decades?! A cassette tape that was checked out 44 years ago from San Antonio Public Library’s (SAPL) Westfall branch was finally returned this month to SAPL. The tape (or “phonotape,” according to …

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Holidays Gifts for Book Lovers of All Ages

Searching for gifts for the book lovers in your life (or yourself) this holiday season? The American Library Association (ALA) has you covered, with everything from buttons, stickers, totes, and shirts proclaiming library love to posters featuring celebs and authors with their favorite books to journals and more. Let’s get started!   As book bans …

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banned books map, November 18, 2022 edition

U.S. Book Challenges Update

Book challenges and bans are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will frequently highlight several stories on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Michigan, South Carolina, …

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Helena Bonham Carter Named First Female President of the London Library

Actor Helena Bonham Carter has embodied many roles throughout her career, from the Queen of England (Henry VIII; The King’s Speech) to an animated corpse in love (The Corpse Bride). I Love Libraries is a massive fan of her work, but its her latest role that’s really caught our attention. It was announced yesterday that Bonham …

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