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Wayne State University Gives Free Books to Kids—With Help from Dolly Parton

Being read to is crucial for early childhood development, but many low-income families have limited access to books to share with their kids. That’s why Michigan’s Wayne State University Library System is teaming up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to distribute free books to Detroit families with children under five. Over the past three decades, …

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Fight Censorship During Rainbow Book Month and Beyond

Each June, readers across the country observe Rainbow Book Month, an opportunity to celebrate the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s also a time to advocate for free and widespread access to queer literature, which is censored all too frequently in libraries and schools. An overwhelming proportion of …

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COVID-19 Won’t Stop Librarians from Promoting Summer Reading

Summer reading helps kids stay engaged when school isn’t in session, ensuring that students are prepared and ready to learn when they return to the classroom in the fall. Libraries have long played a key role in hosting summer reading programs that are free and accessible to everyone in their communities, but due to the …

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New Podcast Follows One Library’s Extraordinary Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

America’s libraries are full of incredible stories—and a new podcast from the American Library Association (ALA) aims to share these amazing tales with the world. Patron Driven, a podcast from Choice (a publishing unit from the Association of College & Research Libraries), launched its series premiere this week. Each season will explore a different library’s …

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Dial This Number to Hear a Singing Librarian

Libraries are hubs for their communities—while most libraries have had to close to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are working hard to keep people connected while maintaining social distancing. Park Ridge Public Library (PRPL) in Illinois has found a creative way to engage and entertain locals: the Library Line, a phone number anyone …

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The Library of Congress Commissions Original Music Inspired by COVID-19

Amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Library of Congress (LOC) has launched the Boccaccio Project, a series of original musical compositions inspired by coronavirus. The project was inspired by 14th-century writer Giovanni Boccaccio and his famed work The Decameron. In the book, 10 Italians take shelter from the Black Death …

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Book covers: When Aidan Became a Brother, The Black Flamingo, How We Fight For Our Lives, and Cantoras

Award-Winning Queer Literature to Read During Rainbow Book Month

Award-Winning Queer Literature to Read During Rainbow Book Month

Celebrate Top Book Awards on June 28

Many of the nation’s most prestigious honors for literature are administered by librarians—including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards. For the first time ever, readers everywhere can cheer on the winners of 12 librarian-selected awards by tuning into the American Library Association’s …

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