News and Updates

News and Updates

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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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“Artemis Fowl” Star Josh Gad Highlights the Magic of Libraries

In a new PSA video for the American Library Association, actor Josh Gad shares how libraries are places of discovery and imagination. While many libraries are closed to the public due to the pandemic, they’re still offering free access to countless digital resources online. “Like my new movie Artemis Fowl, libraries take us on journeys …

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Your Pandemic Journal Entries and Photos Could Help Historians Understand COVID-19

We’re living through historic times—and libraries are working to make sure stories of life during the pandemic are collected and preserved for future generations. Through oral history and archive projects, librarians are encouraging community members to contribute text, images, and other mementos to serve as a collective record of COVID-19. At Los Angeles Public Library …

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Photos of Beverly Cleary, Madeleine L'Engle, Jorge Luis Borges, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Audre Lorde, and Charles Dodgson

9 People You Might Not Know Were Librarians

For centuries, librarians have served as keepers of knowledge, helping people access the information they need to learn and create. Some of history’s greatest thinkers also served as librarians themselves, from award-winning authors to the inventor of calculus. Here are a few famous people you might not know were librarians: Audre Lorde The legendary poet, …

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A Librarian’s Tips for Readers During Quarantine

by Stephanie Saba Browsing through bookstacks is a time-honored way to discover new authors—but with widespread library closures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring the shelves in-person is temporarily off-limits. Still, your library is here for you remotely, offering virtual services and tools to find your next favorite book from home. Stephanie Saba, …

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