News and Updates

News and Updates

Barack and Michele Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama Join Chicago Public Library for Virtual Storytime

Libraries across the country have been pulling out all the stops to create engaging, educational online read-alouds for the millions of children staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Public Library’s Live From The Library Facebook series has featured appearances from authors, actors, and musicians; the latest guest readers on the list are Chicagoans Barack […]
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Virtual Storytimes Keep Families Engaged

Families across the country count on library storytime programs to teach kids early literacy skills—but with most libraries closing to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, these in-person read-alouds have been put on hold. Fortunately, America’s libraries have gotten creative, using video and audio technology to keep reading to children while maintaining social […]
Book covers of The Underground Railroad, Year of the Monkey, and The Phantom Tollbooth

Librarians and Readers’ Quarantine Book Recommendations

During these times of social distancing, many have turned to books for comfort and connection. Looking for a great recommendation? We asked the American Library Association’s social media followers to share their favorite titles they’ve read during the pandemic. Some recurring themes: many readers have been seeking out old favorites and comfort reads, while others […]
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A New Tool from the Library of Congress Lets You Remix History

The archives of the United States Library of Congress house centuries of American history—and thanks to painstaking digitization efforts, millions of artifacts are available for anyone to explore online. Their repository of public domain images, videos, and documents has long been an amazing resource for artists and creators, and now they’re making it easier than […]
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Library Esports Programs Keep Kids Connected

While most libraries have closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, their staff are still working hard to share online resources and programs with their communities while maintaining social distancing. Tyler Hahn, a Youth and Special Services Librarian at Iowa’s Cherokee Public Library, may not be able to host gatherings in person, but he’s still […]
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School Librarians Take the Lead During the Pandemic

April is School Library Month—a time to recognize school libraries and librarians as information and technology experts in their schools and communities. Schools across the country are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but teaching and learning continues. School librarians are meeting the challenge in  innovative ways, keeping their learners and fellow teachers connected […]
Person holding paintbrushes and a tablet reading Thank you libraries for helping me get creative

Why People Across the Country Are Thanking Their Libraries

In honor of National Library Week (April 19 – 25), social media users are sharing all the reasons they’re grateful to their libraries and librarians. Posts using the hashtag #ThankYouLibraries range from powerful examples of how libraries are adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic to fond memories of visiting libraries in-person. Here are a few of […]
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Library Bookmobiles Spread Wi-Fi Access In Their Communities

With schools and businesses moving online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, internet access is more essential than ever—but millions of Americans lack broadband at home. Libraries, which have long worked to bridge the digital divide for all, have found creative ways to keep their communities connected even after closing their doors to the […]
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