News and Updates

News and Updates

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“Deacon King Kong” and “Fathoms” Win 2021 Carnegie Medals

Looking for great books to add to your to-read list? Each year, librarians and booksellers come together to award the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction-and the newly-announced 2021 honorees are not to be missed. Deacon King Kong by James McBride has won the 2021 medal for fiction. Set in 1960s Brooklyn, the […]
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These Animated Librarians Have Big Hearts and Big Heads

Animated series such as Hilda, Cleopatra in Space, and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power have portrayed libraries in a positive light; Too Loud, a 16-episode, two-season animated comedy web series on YouTube, is another great example of libraries in animation. Created by Nico Colaleo, the series focuses on two clumsy and loud volunteers at […]
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Readers Share Their Most Cherished Library Memories

We love hearing people’s favorite memories about using the library, so we’ve asked our readers and the American Library Association’s social media followers to share their experiences with us. Here are a few highlights: “My best memory of the library was when my twin boys found the nonfiction section. They were around three years old and […]

30+ Librarian-Recommended Sci-Fi Books for Youth

Core, a division of the American Library Association, just announced their 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. Their selections include a diverse mix of engaging sci-fi reads for kids and teens. Check out the full list: Books for Kids Ages 6 and Under: The Barnabus Project, by Terry Fan, Eric Fan, […]

Why First Lady Jill Biden Loves Libraries

At the American Library Association’s virtual Midwinter Meeting, First Lady Jill Biden joined ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. for a conversation about libraries, learning, and literacy. Dr. Biden shared childhood memories of walking to her local library every two weeks and taking home as many books as she could carry. In college, she met […]
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Proceeds from this Retro Muppets Tee Support Libraries

For more than 40 years, beloved actors, musicians, and fictional characters have championed literacy by starring in American Library Association (ALA) READ® posters. Thanks to a collaboration between ALA and Out of Print, you can now sport a t-shirt adorned with one of the first-ever READ® poster designs, featuring Muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy. The tee […]
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The Year’s Biggest Book Awards for Kids and Teens Are Here

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) and affiliated library organizations present the prestigious Youth Media Awards, a celebration of the very best content for children and young adults-all curated by expert librarians. This morning, ALA announced 2021 honors including the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott Book Award, and more. Check out […]
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Stephen Colbert is Confounded by this Library Potato Mystery

A starchy enigma has been bedeviling staff at the Wayland Free Public Library in Massachusetts: over the past two weeks, potatoes have been inexplicably appearing on the library’s front lawn. This unexplained occurrence has managed to attract national attention, garnering a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “This is the kind of news I hope to […]
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