News and Updates

News and Updates

Hall Branch opening day, January 1932. Vivian Harsh, center. Source: Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives, Photo 084

Largest Collection of Black History and Literature in the Midwest to be Digitized

One of the largest collections of Black history and literature in the U.S. can be found in a library in Chicago, but soon it will be accessible to everyone around the world. Thanks to a $2 million grant, nearly 300,000 pieces from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection will be digitized.
Book for All

NYPL Continues Its Books For All: Teen Banned Book Club with “The Downstairs Girl”

Readers across the country now have unlimited access to the young-adult bestseller, “The Downstairs Girl,” as part of The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Teen Banned Book Club. Set in Gilded Age Atlanta, Stacey Lee's award-winning novel tells the story of 17-year-old Jo Kuan, who gets into hot water when her anonymous advice column soars.
New Kid

Join Us for a Discussion of Jerry Craft’s “New Kid”

Join the American Library Association (ALA) and "NBC Chicago Today’s" Banned Book Club for a discussion of Jerry Craft’s award-winning graphic novel "New Kid" on Tuesday, February 27.
Banned Book Rainbow

LeVar Burton Spoofs “Reading Rainbow” to Highlight Banned Books

As if we needed more reasons to love LeVar Burton. The actor and longtime host of "Reading Rainbow" made an appearance on the "Jimmy Kimmel Show" recently to speak out against book bans, doing so in the form of a spoof of his beloved reading show called “Banned Book Rainbow.”
How I Library graphic

I Love Libraries Launches New Podcast, “How I Library”

The American Library Association and I Love Libraries are proud to release the new podcast “How I Library.” This monthly series will feature authors, filmmakers, musicians, scholars, thought leaders, and, of course, librarians discussing the importance of libraries, their favorite library memories, and issues facing the library world.
vintage valentine from New York Public Library

Love, Library Style

Show your valentine how much you really care by sharing with them your love of libraries and books!

Super Bowl Rival Libraries Join Up to Tackle Censorship

As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers gear up for Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday, their respective cities’ libraries are teaming up to help protect the freedom to read. Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) and San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) have made a friendly wager on the performance of their city’s teams. A library representative in the city whose team loses the Super Bowl will sport the winning city’s library gear and read a banned book in a recording that will be shared on social media as a part of the Tackle Censorship campaign, which began during Super Bowl LVII with Kansas City Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Phone hidden in book

Librarian Hides Phones in Books to Help People Escape Domestic Violence

A librarian in Massachusetts is using library books to help domestic violence victims. Molly Riportella, head of adult services librarian at Westwood (Mass.) Public Library, started BiblioUnderground in 2020 to get burner phones and other resources to people struggling to get out of violent relationships.
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