News and Updates

News and Updates

The Glass Castle cover

ALA/NBC Banned Book Club Examines ‘The Glass Castle’

Join the American Library Association (ALA) and Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club for a discussion of Jeanette Walls’s powerful memoir, The Glass Castle, this Thursday, January 25.

ALA Unveils the 2024 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards is the biggest event of the year in the world of children's publishing—22 separate awards for books and media this year—all chosen by librarians.
Composite of ten photos featuring the I Love My Librarian Award recipients and the award logo. Top row from left: Melissa Corey, Claire Dannenbaum, Fred Gitner, Clare Graham, Gabriel Graña. Bottom from left: Diana Haneski, Gladys López-Soto, Ted Quiballo, Mychal Threets, Curt Witcher

Join Us for the Annual I Love My Librarian Ceremony

The I Love My Librarian Award ceremony will take place during the LibLearnX welcome reception at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 19. If you can’t join us in person for the ceremony, you can stream it live on ALA’s Youtube channel! The red-carpet ceremony is a joyous, happy, and often emotional affair, featuring speeches from all of the award winners, library and ALA leaders, and more. Dubbed "The Oscars for the Library World," it's one of our favorite events of the year.
banned books map March 10 edition

U.S. Book Challenges Update: January 12 Edition

Libraries and schools across the country are experiencing unprecedented levels of attempts to ban or remove books from their shelves. I Love Libraries will continue to raise awareness by highlighting attempts to censor library materials, as well as efforts by librarians, parents, students, and concerned citizens to push back against them. This report includes news from Florida, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as a look at some children's picture books that have been targeted in recent years.

School Libraries Are Essential

Schools with a strong school library program—and a certified school librarian—ensure their students have the best chance to succeed. But in too many schools, school library budgets and school librarian positions are being cut. This puts our children’s education and workforce readiness at peril.
Ponderosa Elementary School library

Football Playoffs Pay Off for Houston School Library

Each year, The College Football Playoff Foundation, a nonprofit committed to supporting education, teachers, and students, gives back to the community hosting the playoffs by investing in its teachers and schools. For this round, the foundation identified six Houston-area schools for a makeover, including Ponderosa Elementary which received a $50,000 grant to upgrade its library.
banned books map for March 3, 2023

U.S. Book Challenges Update: January 2 Edition

Libraries and schools across the country are experiencing unprecedented levels of attempts to ban or remove books from their shelves. I Love Libraries will continue to raise awareness by highlighting attempts to censor library materials, as well as efforts by librarians, parents, students, and concerned citizens to push back against them. This report includes news from Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Florida.
Lexington County (S.C.) Public Library board member training, November 2019

Get Involved! Become a Library Trustee

Want to get involved in your library at a higher level? Consider becoming a library trustee. Library trustees are powerful advocates for libraries. Through the coordination, hard work, and determination of trustees, new libraries have been built, budgets have been restored and increased, and new respect has been generated for the powerful role libraries play in communities and on campuses.
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