News and Updates

News and Updates

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Urge the Senate to Provide Stimulus Funding to Libraries

As Congress works to draft additional COVID-19 stimulus legislation, library advocates across the country are calling for libraries to be included in the funding package. Last week, Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI), Don Young (R-AK), and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) circulated a letter in the House calling for $2 billion in emergency funding for libraries through the […]
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Read Harry Potter for Free This National Library Week

National Library Week is April 19 – 25—and what better way to celebrate than by downloading free eBooks and audiobooks from your local library system? Through the end of April, participating libraries are offering unlimited free loans of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as an eBook and audiobook through the Libby app. With no […]
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6 Ways to Virtually Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week is here! From April 19 – 25, library staff and users across the country are celebrating the countless ways that libraries promote access to information for all. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has forced libraries to close their doors to the public, their staff are still working hard to serve their communities […]
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Seth Meyers Shares a Message for National Library Week

National Library Week is April 19 – 25-and comedian and Late Night host Seth Meyers is helping spread the word in a new video. “Although we can’t visit our local libraries right now, they’re as important as ever,” he explains. “Please take advantage of the services they’re still providing like eBooks, like audiobooks, so libraries […]
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These Are 2019’s Most Commonly Banned Books

Libraries stand up for everyone’s right to read, but it’s not always easy to keep controversial books on the shelves. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks attempts to censor materials and programs from libraries, schools, and universities—today, in conjunction with National Library Week, they released their Top Ten Most Challenged Books list […]
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Visit this Library’s Virtual Branch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

With coronavirus continuing to spread, in-person gatherings are off the table-but one librarian in South Carolina is using video games to bring her community together virtually. Tina Chenoweth, Young Adult Services Manager at the Baxter-Patrick James Island branch of Charleston County Public Library, has been recreating her library in the popular new video game Animal […]
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How Public Libraries Are Responding to COVID-19

As the coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread, America’s libraries are faced with an unprecedented challenge: serving their communities in a time of crisis while maintaining social distancing. The Public Library Association recently surveyed libraries across the country and found that 98% of respondents had closed their doors to the public, but that libraries […]

Stacey Abrams: Libraries are among our nation’s most democratic institutions

Author, entrepreneur, and activist Stacey Abrams explains how libraries promote access and opportunity for all in a new video PSA. Help spread the word by posting it on social media! Videos with open captioning are available for download: Library professionals, please visit the American Library Association website to download and share the PSA. Learn more about how libraries […]
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