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ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

National Book Foundation Honors ALA Executive Director with Literarian Award

Librarians across the country will be tuning in tonight as one of their own is honored at the 73rd National Book Awards in New York City. The National Book Foundation, which presents the annual awards, will honor Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA), with its 2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding …

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Where the Wild Things Are

Wild Things … Brooklyn Loves You

Brooklynites are wild about Where the Wild Things Are. As part of its 125th anniversary, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been counting down the 125 most checked-out books in its history, and Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s picture book took the top spot. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats came in second. Released in 1963, …

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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 Michigan, Texas, and …

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Libraries Remember Our Vets

This Veterans Day, we’re remembering the thousands of people 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 Veterans History Project: The Veterans History Project at the …

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Game On!

It’s International Games Month! And honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. With the country stretched and divided over political, social, and economic issues, hopefully we can all put our differences aside and come together at our local libraries to play some games-even if for only one month. International Games Month is an …

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banned books map for November 4, 2022

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 Florida, Maryland, South …

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Ghosts in the Stacks

Books flying off shelves. Strange sounds emanating from nowhere. Sudden temperature changes in hallways and back rooms. Spectral figures floating through the stacks.  If your library is experiencing any of the above phenomena it just may be haunted! And it won’t be alone. There are many supposedly haunted libraries throughout the United States. It’s not …

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Halloween Frights (and More) From the Library of Congress

Halloween season is upon us. (Finally!) We love this time of the year here at I Love Libraries-the month-long horror-movie marathons, the costume parties, the scary (and often cheesy) haunted houses, sharing ghost stories with friends and family, chowing down on all sorts of candy and treats, and the decorations. Especially the decorations. Halloween allows …

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