News and Updates

News and Updates

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John Oliver Says Libraries Are ‘Another Front in the Ongoing Culture War’

On the May 5 episode of "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver defended public libraries, stating they’ve become another front in the ongoing culture war as many experience attacks on their funding, staff, and collections.
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Unleash Your Imagination and Win an IF Prize Pack!

The American Library Association is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to celebrate the film IF, coming to theatres May 17. And we want you to celebrate with us. Enter now to win an IF prize pack of plushes, a puzzle, a tablet, and a $100 Fandango gift card to see the film!
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Library Worker Wins 2024 Pulitzer Prize

Medar de la Cruz, an artist who works as a jail-and-prison-services assistant for Brooklyn Public Library, received the Pulitzer Prize in the illustrated-reporting-and-commentary category for “The Diary of a Rikers Island Library Worker."
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Celebrate Star Wars Day with Your Library

Every May 4, the world turns its gaze to a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away to celebrate one of the most iconic franchises in history: Star Wars. Not surprisingly, libraries and librarians across the US are enthusiastic supporters of Star Wars Day, hosting events both in-person and virtually.
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Explore the Last Letters of Everest Mountaineer George Mallory

One hundred years after George Mallory's ill-fated attempt to climb Mount Everest, his letters can now be viewed online in an archive created by the library at Magdalene College at Cambridge University, his alma mater.
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Librarians Share 20 Ways to Read More Books

Is it hard for you to make time to read? Is getting into the proper headspace to enjoy a book a daunting task? In an age when digital distractions are omnipresent, getting lost in literature can be difficult for many readers. How can you get back into the habit? The Guardian asked librarians to share the best ways to rediscover reading and make it a regular habit—and their tips for the “most unputdownable” books.
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ALA/NBC Banned Book Club to Discuss ‘milk and honey’

ALA and NBC’s Banned Book Club will discuss Rupi Kaur’s “milk and honey” Thursday, April 25. “milk and honey” is a collection of poetry about love, trauma, and healing. In 2022, it was one of many books that conservative parents wanted banned from public schools in the state of Texas. The book was also banned in multiple school districts in Missouri in 2023.
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‘How I Library’ Episode Three: Linda Sue Park and Kate DiCamillo

In episode three of How I Library, host Phil Morehart speaks with Newbery Medal-winning authors Linda Sue Park (A Single Shard) and Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures). They discuss their latest books, writing for kids, book bans, their favorite library memories, and much more.
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