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Libraries across the country are closing their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped serving their communities. One library in McMurray, Pennsylvania created an online Harry Potter escape room to keep local teens entertained at home. READ MORE
Since the 1980s, celebrities from David Bowie to Oprah have posed with their favorite books for the American Library Association’s READ® poster series. Now anyone can join the fun with this free tool from ALA Graphics, which lets you add your own photo to a customizable READ® poster background. READ MORE
With many schools, universities, and businesses closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students and workers are finding themselves needing to take classes or do their jobs from home—putting the millions of Americans who lack in-home internet access in a challenging position. Thankfully, many libraries have found ways to provide web access to their communities, even after closing their doors to the public. READ MORE
As the coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread, schools, colleges, and universities across the country find themselves in an unprecedented position: working to uphold their teaching and research missions while switching entirely to online learning. Libraries are a key resource for educators wondering about the role of copyright in the virtual classroom. READ MORE
Good news for bibliophiles everywhere: Booklist, the American Library Association’s book review magazine, is giving away free access to all its online content. READ MORE
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:Library of Parliament (Ottawa, Canada) READ MORE
Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations.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 READ MORE
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 of our favorite electronic resources to access virtually from the library: READ MORE
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. READ MORE
A new decade means a new U.S. census—and libraries are doing their part to ensure that everyone gets counted.The nation depends on a fair, accurate, and inclusive census to make sure billions of dollars in federal resources (from education funding to transportation infrastructure) are allocated appropriately. But counting millions of Americans is no small feat. Libraries are hard at work raising awareness of the census in their communities, especially among historically undercounted populations like immigrants and people experiencing homelessness. READ MORE

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