News and Updates

News and Updates

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Take Virtual Tours of These Stunning Libraries

Some of the most beautiful architecture in the world is found in libraries-which ensure that everyone in their communities can enjoy their amazing spaces. And even if you can’t visit a particular library in person, you may be able to explore its highlights virtually online. Here are a few of our favorite library video tours: […]
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Amazing Library Collections to Explore Online

Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations. And thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online. Check these out during your next internet deep dive: Library of Congress The Library of Congress—the largest library […]
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5 Awesome Library Resources—All Accessible from Home

As the coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread, more and more people are staying home from work, school, and social events. If you’re hoping to stay occupied, your local library has a vast selection of free entertainment and educational materials, all accessible from the comfort of your computer or smart phone. Here are some […]
Covers of In the Dream House, Black Leopard Red Wolf, and Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

10 LGBTQ Books Recommended by Librarians

Each year, members of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Roundtable select highlights from the diverse landscape of queer publishing for their Over the Rainbow Book List. Books span a variety of genres and include both fiction and nonfiction titles, but all of their selections combine great storytelling and authentic LGBTQ content for adult readers. “I […]
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What Libraries Are Doing About COVID-19

Amid growing global concern about the coronavirus known as COVID-19, people are turning to libraries for resources about how to protect themselves and their communities. Libraries have long served as trusted sources for reliable health information, and librarians are trained experts at helping people find the latest facts about easily-misunderstood topics like COVID-19. “We’re information gatekeepers, […]
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Can Libraries Help Solve Climate Change? This Wisconsin Couple Says Yes

When Carol Phelps’ daughters were young, their public library was their favorite hangout, a place to talk books and play Dungeons & Dragons with friends. Now that the kids are grown-and both on their ways to becoming librarians themselves-the Phelps are helping libraries take on a more urgent role: educating Americans about climate change and […]
The reading room of Nashville Public Library

Proposed Tennessee Bill Threatens Librarians with Fines or Jail Time

Libraries have long advocated for everyone’s freedom to read and access information—but a pending bill in the Tennessee legislature would bring widespread censorship to the state’s public libraries. HB 2721/SB 2896, also known as the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, would establish a five-person review board for every public library in Tennessee. These oversight […]
Staff and patrons at Briges Library System

Tell Your Stories This National Library Week

Is your library looking for a new way to celebrate National Library Week, April 19-25? Here’s an engaging idea from the Bridges Library System in southeast Wisconsin: Share your patrons’ library stories with the community. Jill Fuller, marketing and communications librarian for the Bridges Library System, explains, “Our plan was to collect a variety of […]
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