Members of the Library and Information Technology Association (a division of the American Library Association) have put together an out-of-this-world list of recent science fiction books for young readers. Their picks include options for kids of all ages, with titles aimed at readers from pre-school through 12th grade.

Here are there 30+ picks:

Books for Early Readers

Field Trip to the Moon, by John Hare

Hello, by Aiko Ikegami



Whether you’re dabbling in crafts or a professional artist, libraries offer extensive free resources to support your creative pursuits. Painters, musicians, writers, designers, and more rely on their libraries for access to information, inspiration, and a whole community of creators to collaborate with.

Here are a few of the most ways that artists and creatives use their libraries:

Honing their skills

Libraries give everyone free access to books, online tutorials, and classes for learning new artistic techniques. Library programs like writer’s workshops also enable creatives to exchange feedback and develop their craft in a friendly, welcoming environment. (While in-person library events are on hold due to...


by Burkely Hermann

When people think about librarians and libraries, they may point to films, live-action TV shows, or even novels. However, one area is often missed: animation. In Hollywood, stereotypes are plentiful, as librarians are used as “shortcuts to propel the plot forward,” in the...


The internet is falling in love with Curbside Larry, the cowboy-hat–wearing, ultra-enthusiastic hype man for Texas’s Harris County Public Library (HCPL). In a viral promotional video from HCPL’s Barbara Bush Branch Library, Larry shares an irresistible pitch for using the branch’s curbside pickup services.

“We got shelves and shelves of books, Blu-rays, and DVDs, and we‘d like nothing better than to take care of all your reading, research, and entertainment needs,” Larry exclaims in the video. “What’s all this cost? Just three low payments of zero, zero, zero dollars! It’s crazy how much you get for free.”

Curbside Larry is the alter ego of library staffer John Schaffer, who’s won fans far beyond the HCPL service area with his spot-...

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