News and Updates

News and Updates

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023. American Library Association

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023

The American Library Association kicked off National Library Week, celebrated April 7-13, with the release of the annual State of America's Libraries report, which contains the highly anticipated list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2023, along with the reasons why the books were banned or challenged.
Brussels sprouts and books

My Love of Brussels Sprouts—and Other Reasons to Celebrate National Library Week

Author and this year's honorary chair of National Library Week (NLW), Meg Medina, kicks off NLW 2024 by sharing what led her to become an advocate for and lover of libraries.
People are seen as they watch a total solar eclipse through protective glasses in Madras, Oregon on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Experience the Eclipse with Help from Your Library

Millions of people are predicted to turn their gazes to the sky April 8 to witness an event that has captivated people since the dawn of humankind—a solar eclipse. And libraries across the U.S. are getting in on the action.
National Library Week

Ready, Set, National Library Week! 

Communities across the U.S. will come together April 7–13 for National Library Week, the annual celebration of libraries and library workers. This year's theme, "Ready, Set, Library!" is more than just a catchy phrase—it's a call to action for Americans to rediscover the treasure trove of opportunities libraries offer. 
Austin Public Library Banned Book Club

Austin Public Library Starts Banned-Book Social Network for Teens

Austin (Texas) Public Library has launched a social network to help teens keep access to banned books. The "Save The Books Social Network" brings together teens who are passionate about fighting for the freedom to read and want to see themselves represented in books at the library.
Domesticatrix performing March 22, 2024, at the Birmingham Public Library,

Alabama Library Gets Loud for Punk Rock

Footage from an event at an Alabama library last week is going viral and proving that the library is definitely punk rock.

ALA/NBC Banned Book Club to Discuss ‘Hood Feminism’

Join the American Library Association (ALA) and Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club for a discussion of Mikki Kendall’s “Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot” on Tuesday, March 26.
banned books map

U.S. Book Challenges Update: March 22 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 Nebraska and Minnesota, as well as a look at the economic impact of book bans.
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