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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign … for Libraries!

Signs abound during political campaigns. They’re a great way for citizens to show their support for a candidate or issue. Why not display a window or yard sign that proclaims your support for libraries? This Library Card Sign-Up Month let everyone in your neighborhood know that you love libraries by putting a sign in your …

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Maria Hinojosa at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Maria Hinojosa on How Libraries Changed Her Life

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career has taken her all over the world, reporting for PBS, CBS, WGBH, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring and executive producing the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA. In her memoir, Once I Was You (now available in a Young Readers Edition from Simon & Schuster Books …

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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 Montana, Virginia, Florida, …

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Love Your Library Card? Show the World!

This Library Card Sign-Up Month, show everyone your love and support for libraries with a new shirt, hoodie, tote, apron, and more from the American Library Association (ALA). With graphics designed by ALA’s own Chase Ollis (who’s also a frequent I Love Libraries contributor), these goods are guaranteed to turn heads whenever you go while also …

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then-Secretary of Education William Bennett on stage with 1987-1988 ALA President Margaret Chisholm, then-NCLIS chairman Jerald Newman, and actor in Garfield costume at launch of Library Card Sign-up Month in 1987.

Happy 35th Birthday to Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM) turns 35 this year. As a part of our celebration, we’re looking back at the fascinating birth of this beloved library-outreach event. The genesis of LCSUM began as a response to then-Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated: “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card …

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Graphic featuring Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel and smiling and standing back to back and Dee the mouse smiling and holding a library card. Text reads "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Let your imagination sing at the library. Cara Mentzel & Idina Menzel, :ibrary Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chairs" Logos for American Library Association, OverDrive, and Library Champions. Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel Sing the Praises of Libraries this Month

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Wicked, Frozen, Rent) and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, are singing the praises of libraries as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month this year! As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara want to remind everyone that one of the best places to find your …

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Spider-Man Slings into Another Library Adventure

Marvel Comics recently celebrated an incredible milestone when it published its landmark 900th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the hero’s first appearance in the comics, and it’s one for the books! In the extra-special story, “Better Late than Never!”, Peter Parker eagerly slings into New York Public Library …

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Graphic featuring Dee the mouse smiling and holding a library card. Text reads "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Let your imagination sing at the library." Logos for American Library Association, OverDrive, and Library Champions.

Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month!

It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month (LCSUM)! Held each September, LCSUM is an annual reminder that library cards empower individuals and communities by providing free access to technology, multimedia content, educational programming, and much more. A library card opens up a world of learning for everyone and is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available.  …

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