All throughout National Library Week, readers, learners, and educators have been reflecting on the countless ways libraries support their communities.

The American Library Association’s #MyLibraryIs campaign invited social media users to share why they love their libraries. Here are a few of our favorite responses:

“My library is the core of our city! The amenities available help citizens get jobs, pay taxes, build bonds of community, share knowledge and ideas, invent, build, create, plant, feed, understand, learn, grow, and more! Our city wouldn’t be the same without our library!”—@AlysonGerwe

“Some of my best memories as a kid took place at the Meade County Public Library. I was just telling my hubby today about Summer...


Venerated journalist Dan Rather is a longtime supporter of libraries. His recent book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, includes a powerful chapter about libraries as “temples of learning,” where people of all backgrounds can come together to access information.

On Thursday, April 8—in honor of National Library Week and Take Action for Libraries Day—Rather will join the American Library Association, United for Libraries, and Booklist for a live conversation about What Unites Us and the value of libraries. In advance of the event, he spoke with I Love Libraries...


2020 was a year like no other—and libraries were no exception. Amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, libraries had to act fast, transforming their resources and services to meet the rapidly changing needs of their communities.

The American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries Special Report: COVID-19 sheds new light on the challenges libraries faced in 2020. The picture it paints is clear: libraries never wavered in their commitment to literacy and digital access, even while battling public health threats and major budget cuts.

“Libraries also extended necessary lifelines to...


Today is National Library Outreach Day, a celebration of the amazing work libraries do to connect everyone in their communities with resources and information. With physical library buildings closing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, staff have gone above and beyond to distribute books, provide internet access, and more.

“From virtual storytimes for children to online programming for seniors to STEAM take-home activity kits, pop-up libraries, and outreach vans bringing Wi-Fi to underserved areas, outreach has been essential in connecting libraries to their communities across the United States,” David Kelsey, president of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, told I Love Libraries. “Outreach helps meet patrons at their point...

Welcome to your library. National Library Week, April 4-10,2021
A National Library Week Conversation with Dan Rather. Booklist's Donna Seaman in live conversation with Dan Rather about What Unites Us in celebration of Take Action for Libraries Day. United for Libraries, Booklist, American Library Association. Pictured: Dan Rather and Donna Seaman.
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