News and Updates

News and Updates

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The Secret Life of Librarians

Yesterday, the Carnegie Corporation unveiled The Secret Life of Librarians, a new online series that explores the unexpected stories of librarians across the country and their contributions as civic heroes who are improving lives and bringing communities together. And the 10 recipients of the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award are at the series' heart.
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Library of Congress Adds Green Day, ABBA, Notorious B.I.G., and More to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress has added 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry, enshrining them as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.
National Library Week

A Look Back at National Library Week 2024

As National Library Week draws to a close, we’re reminiscing about the multitude of ways that library lovers across the country celebrated libraries and how they impact our lives every day.
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Take Action for Your Library This Election Year

From Congress to local library boards, our elected officials need to hear from library supporters at all levels of government—especially during election years. To launch ALA's new Reader, Voter, Ready campaign, we're asking library advocates to pledge to get informed, get registered, and get ready to vote!
National Library Outreach Day

Libraries Reaching Out: A Year of Innovation

2023 was a tumultuous year for libraries. Book bans dominated headlines as well as city council and school board meetings, threatening the access of information to readers of all ages and the livelihoods and safety of library workers across the country. Despite these upheavals, libraries soldiered on to provide critical services to their communities—and developed truly innovative programs along the way. This National Library Outreach Day, we survey some standouts.
National Library Workers Day

Library Workers Are Shining Stars

Celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week, National Library Workers Day is an opportunity to recognize the hard-working, dedicated, and often-underpaid library professionals who keep our libraries thriving, especially during these challenging times. Please take a moment to appreciate the library worker in your life today!
Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023. American Library Association

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023

The American Library Association kicked off National Library Week, celebrated April 7-13, with the release of the annual State of America's Libraries report, which contains the highly anticipated list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2023, along with the reasons why the books were banned or challenged.
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My Love of Brussels Sprouts—and Other Reasons to Celebrate National Library Week

Author and this year's honorary chair of National Library Week (NLW), Meg Medina, kicks off NLW 2024 by sharing what led her to become an advocate for and lover of libraries.
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