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01/10/2024

Access your conference schedule, exhibitor information, presentation slides, and more in the ALA LibLearnX Mobile App! Look for "ALA Mobile Conference App" in your App Store to download! https://bit.ly/3TUddgl

Gabriel Graña | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree 01/10/2024

From a genrefied collection to an expanded makerspace, Gabriel Graña is empowering students at Smith Middle School to make the library their own, and in the process centering it as the school's focal point. Meet Gabriel, one of this year's Award recipients!

Gabriel Graña | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree Meet Gabriel Graña, librarian at R.D. & Euzelle Smith Middle School and a recipient of the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award.

Clare Graham | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree 01/09/2024

From converting coin-fed newspaper racks into Little Free Libraries to helping develop a future library annex, Clare Graham is expanding community access to the Malvern-Hot Spring County Library to the far reaches of the Arkansas county's rural landscape. Meet Clare, one of this year's Award recipients!

Clare Graham | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree Meet Clare Graham, librarian at the Malvern-Hot Spring County Library and a recipient of the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award.

Bite into Baltimore | American Libraries Magazine 01/09/2024

Yes, crab is still king in Baltimore, but there’s so much more. Check out this list of dining options within a walk, rideshare, cab, or water taxi ride from the Baltimore Convention Center and downtown hotels.

Bite into Baltimore | American Libraries Magazine Yes, crab is still king, but there’s so much more—Haitian, Cuban, Italian, Japanese, and plenty of good old Southern comfort.

Beyond bookshelves, PA high school library rocks with student podcasts 01/09/2024

Coast to coast, school librarians are innovating to give their students the skills & opportunities to succeed. Manheim Township HS Library's new podcasting suites are getting students engaged in learning far beyond the classroom! Learn more:

Beyond bookshelves, PA high school library rocks with student podcasts A Pennsylvania high school has created a space in its library that's fostering learning and creativity that benefit students and educators. Manheim Township High School is the only school in the district that is equipped with a media production studio designed for the students to use their talents t...

Fred Gitner | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree 01/08/2024

In the nation’s most ethnically and culturally diverse county, Fred Gitner has been supporting asylum-seekers and immigrants for nearly three decades through Queens Public Library's New Americans Program. Get to know Fred, one of this year's Award recipients!

Fred Gitner | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree Meet Fred Gitner, librarian at Queens Public Library and a recipient of the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award.

2024 LibLearnX Preview | American Libraries Magazine 01/07/2024

Check out for a preview of what's in store at , including 100+ educational programs available in a variety of formats, speakers, and more. ➡️

2024 LibLearnX Preview | American Libraries Magazine The American Library Association’s LibLearnX conference will be held January 19–22, bringing a slate of programming to the city of Baltimore.

Claire Dannenbaum | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree 01/05/2024

At Lane Community College, Claire Dannenbaum leverages her passion for art and creativity to make lifelong, positive impacts on students. Get to know Claire, one of this year's recipients!

Claire Dannenbaum | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree Meet Claire Dannenbaum, librarian at Lane Community College and a recipient of the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award.

U.S. Book Challenges Update: January 2 Edition 01/05/2024

I Love Libraries' latest report on book bans happening across the U.S.—and efforts to thwart them—includes news from Iowa, Massachusetts, and Florida, as well as a look at an Asheville bookstore that is returning thousands of banned books to Florida kids. https://ilovelibraries.org/article/u-s-book-challenges-update-january-2-edition/

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 conce...

Salary Equity and Library Workers Free Webinar January 11 01/05/2024

Free webinar on January 11th about salary equity for library workers, cosponsored by the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship and the ALA-APA Salaries & Status of Library Workers Committee. https://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2024/01/salary-equity-and-library-workers-free-webinar-january-11 Join us!

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair ALA COSWL, ALA Past President
Elizabeth Langley, Managing Librarian, Sahuarita Library, Pima County Public Library (Arizona)
Nicollette Davis, Kinesiology, Social Work, and Health Sciences Librarian, Louisiana State University Library, Research and Instruction Services Department
Hong Yao, Director of Technical Services, Queens Public Library (New York)
Anna Troberg, President of DIK, the Swedish Union for Librarians
Sasha Eastwood (Immediate Past President) and Clare Forrest (Executive Board), School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA); from the team that successfully secured Pay Equity for Aotearoa New Zealand school librarians and library assistants

Salary Equity and Library Workers Free Webinar January 11 The ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) and the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW) will host a complimentary webinar entitled Salary Equity and Library Workers: Experiences from the Field on How to Make it Happen on January 11, 2...

01/04/2024

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01/04/2024
Melissa Corey | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree 01/04/2024

Prizes, activities, free books, fun—the biannual Novel Nation Book Fairs at Robidoux Middle School have it all thanks to library media specialist Melissa Corey. Get to know Melissa, one if this year's Award recipients!

Melissa Corey | I Love My Librarian Award Honoree Meet Melissa Corey, librarian at Robidoux Middle School and a recipient of the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award.

January/February 2024 | American Libraries Magazine 01/02/2024

The January/February issue of American Libraries Magazine is out this morning, including a LibLearnX preview, Baltimore dining guide, 2023 Referenda Roundup, and more.

January/February 2024 | American Libraries Magazine The American Library Association’s (ALA) LibLearnX conference will be held January 19–22, bringing collaborative learning activities, networking opportunities, celebrations, and author talks to the city of Baltimore. Designed for active learning, the conference will offer more than 100 education...

01/01/2024

Thursday, January 4th at 12:30 pm CT: The ALA/NBC Banned Book Club kicks off the new year with a discussion of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking graphic novel, "Maus." Join ALA President Emily Drabinski and the NBC crew for a live chat about the book on our page. https://www.facebook.com/AmericanLibraryAssociation/

12/31/2023

Happy New Year to all our members, partners, and supporters.
We are so grateful for the work you do each day to sustain libraries and serve your communities. Thank you for being a part of the American Library Association.

Public libraries reveal their most borrowed books of 2023 12/31/2023

NPR's All Things Considered takes a look at the most borrowed books at public libraries in 2023.
One thing is certain — no matter what genre or format you prefer — your next great read is waiting at your local library.

Public libraries reveal their most borrowed books of 2023 Not all libraries track checkouts, and there isn't one definitive national list. But this year lots of people checked out Lessons in Chemistry, Prince Harry's memoir Spare, and Colleen Hoover's books.

Judge dumps ‘wildly overbroad’ Iowa LGBTQ book ban 12/30/2023

“The law is incredibly broad and has resulted in the removal of hundreds of books from school libraries, including, among others, nonfiction history books, classic works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary novels, books that regularly appear on Advanced Placement exams, and even books designed to help students avoid being victimized by sexual assault. The court has been unable to locate a single case upholding the constitutionality of a school library restriction even remotely similar.” — U.S. District Judge Stephen Locher

Judge dumps ‘wildly overbroad’ Iowa LGBTQ book ban A federal judge determined a law banning hundreds of books, from

'It’s an act of resistance:' Groups ramp up efforts in the fight to stop book bans 12/29/2023

“We need to activate and empower community members…the voters, the taxpayers who live in the community, who use the library, whose rights are being impaired by book censorship.’’ ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/12/29/more-groups-are-launching-projects-to-stop-the-rise-of-book-bans/72008712007/

'It’s an act of resistance:' Groups ramp up efforts in the fight to stop book bans With book-banning efforts on the rise, some activists, teacher advocates and parents are launching campaigns to put books back in schools and libraries.

12/28/2023

Join us at LibLearnX for a single day of your choice. You'll hear from speakers, attend education programs, and visit the LLX Marketplace with expert exhibitors, the ALA Store, and more! Register today. https://bit.ly/LLX-Register

Half of challenged books return to schools. LGBTQ books are banned most. 12/27/2023

The Washington Post analyzed 900 book challenges nationwide. While almost half were eventually returned to library shelves, a majority of the books removed and restricted featured people of color or LGTBQ themes.
“The overrepresentation of these books in challenges and removals means that LGBTQ students and students of color will suffer. And all students will learn that ideas and speech are things to fear and avoid.” Iowa Library Association President Sam Helmick
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Half of challenged books return to schools. LGBTQ books are banned most. After parents object, books with LGBTQ themes and characters are most likely to go.

Call Number Podcast: 2023 Author Chats | American Libraries Magazine 12/26/2023

As 2023 comes to an end, we look back on another year of unprecedented book bans, efforts to defund libraries and other threats to librarianship. One silver lining has been the authors who voiced their support for librarians, books, and democracy. https://bit.ly/48LfkYj
In Episode 90, the Call Number podcast talks with authors about how libraries have been sanctuaries and an integral part of their lives and work.

Call Number Podcast: 2023 Author Chats | American Libraries Magazine In Episode 90, Call Number presents its “2023 Author Chats" with never-before-released clips of conversations with authors sharing their love for libraries.

Libraries Ride the Holiday Train 12/24/2023

Libraries across the U.S. are getting into the holiday spirit with festive displays, entertaining programs, and vital outreach. One thing that we particularly love seeing this time of year is simple but provides joy for patrons of all ages: model trains.

Libraries Ride the Holiday Train Each year, libraries across the country get into the holiday spirit with festive displays, educational and entertaining programs, and vital outreach and food drives for their communities. One thing that we particularly love seeing from libraries this time of year is simple but provides joy for patro...

12/23/2023

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ALA/NBC Banned Book Club to Discuss Maus 12/23/2023

The ALA/NBC Banned Book Club will kick off the new year with a discussion of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking graphic novel, Maus. Join us for a live chat about the book on ALA's page January 4 at 12:30 p.m. CT! https://ilovelibraries.org/article/ala-nbc-banned-book-club-to-discuss-maus/

ALA/NBC Banned Book Club to Discuss Maus The American Library Association and Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club will kick off the new year with a discussion of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking graphic novel, Maus. Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize–winning work details his father's experiences during the Holocaust, with Jewish characters depi...

Culture war? Banned books? Controversial terms in a fiery time in Florida 12/22/2023

"The 'culture war' term trivializes what's going on. It's an attack on our personal liberties and First Amendment freedoms, and we shouldn't play with that lightly." — ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2023/12/22/in-floridas-education-environment-even-terminology-is-controversial-desantis/71754246007/

Culture war? Banned books? Controversial terms in a fiery time in Florida Those pushing school book removals and those combating them agree on one thing, if for different reasons: the term “culture war" bothers them.

12/22/2023

In the fight against censorship, it's important that student voices are heard.
Why is the freedom to read important to you?
Enter the NYPL The New York Public Library Books for All National Teen Writing Contest. https://on.nypl.org/48mFL6R
One grand prize winner will be awarded $500, and 20 additional winners will receive $250 each. Plus, Teen Vogue will publish the grand prize-winning entry in the spring of 2024! The deadline to submit your entries is Friday, December 29!

Meet the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award Honorees | American Libraries Magazine 12/20/2023

Who are the 2024 recipients?

From expanding access to literacy to supporting mental health needs to connecting asylum seekers with education opportunities, these librarians are making lifelong, positive impacts in their communities. Meet this year's stellar honorees:

Meet the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award Honorees | American Libraries Magazine The 10 recipients of the 2024 I Love My Librarian award demonstrate expertise, dedication, and impact in their communities.

Banned Book Club's December selection: ‘Maus' by Art Spiegelman 12/20/2023

Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust narrative, Maus, is this month's selection for the ALA NBC Banned Book Club. Read along and join us for a live discussion Jan. 4 at 12:30pm CT on the ALA page. ALA President Emily Drabinski will moderate!

Banned Book Club's December selection: ‘Maus' by Art Spiegelman Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club introduces the December selection, a groundbreaking graphic novel, “Maus” by Art Spiegelman, which delves into the Holocaust and has faced censorship due to its vivid depictions.

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