News and Updates

News and Updates

Lexington County (S.C.) Public Library board member training, November 2019

Get Involved! Become a Library Trustee

Want to get involved in your library at a higher level? Consider becoming a library trustee. Library trustees are powerful advocates for libraries. Through the coordination, hard work, and determination of trustees, new libraries have been built, budgets have been restored and increased, and new respect has been generated for the powerful role libraries play in communities and on campuses.
Model train at Ocean City branch of Worchester County Public Library

Libraries Ride the Holiday Train

Each year, libraries across the country get into the holiday spirit with festive displays, educational and entertaining programs, and vital outreach and food drives for their communities. One thing that we particularly love seeing from libraries this time of year is simple but provides joy for patrons of all ages: trains.
Maus

ALA/NBC Banned Book Club to Discuss Maus

The American Library Association and Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club will kick off the new year with a discussion of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking graphic novel, Maus. Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize–winning work details his father's experiences during the Holocaust, with Jewish characters depicted as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus has been the subject of multiple challenges and bans since its publication in 1991, notably for depictions of nudity and adult language.
Composite of ten photos featuring the I Love My Librarian Award recipients and the award logo. Top row from left: Melissa Corey, Claire Dannenbaum, Fred Gitner, Clare Graham, Gabriel Graña. Bottom from left: Diana Haneski, Gladys López-Soto, Ted Quiballo, Mychal Threets, Curt Witcher

America Has Spoken! Ten Librarians Selected to Receive the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award

The American Library Association has announced the 10 recipients of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. The 2024 recipients include three academic librarians, four public librarians and three school librarians who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities.

Twenty-Five Classics Added to the National Film Registry

On December 13, the Library of Congress announced the films being added to the National Film Registry for 2023. The registry selects 25 films annually that showcase the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.
banned books map august 26

U.S. Book Challenges Update: December 8 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 Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Delaware.
Pearl Harbor Memorial

Libraries Preserve Pearl Harbor Memories

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii—an aggression that plunged the US into World War II. The Library of Congress and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum have several collections that provide essential looks at that tragic, world-altering day.
Shepard Fairey scarf

Artist Shepard Fairey Creates Scarf to Benefit Libraries

Shepard Fairey loves libraries. The famed artist behind the iconic “Hope” poster created for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and countless other works has created a special limited-edition scarf in connection with accessories and design manufacturing company, Echo, with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Library Association (ALA).
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