While the primary and most immediate purpose of all education need not be religious, learning, at its core, restores and revivifies us both spiritually and intellectually. It gives us an opportunity to use our gift of reason in order to increase our self-awareness, and enhances our ability to join others in engaging the world around us for the purpose of promoting the common good. Most importantly, it makes all believers more aware of the presence of the Almighty in every moment of our lives and experience. In short, the more we learn about anything, the more deeply we know about God. READ MORE
For over 100 years, one of the most popular means to keep young people engaged in reading—and enjoy it!—is the summer reading program.Not only are they fun, but summer reading programs (SRPs) are particularly important to a young person's continuing education, according to the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA): READ MORE
I Love Libraries will be exhibiting at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. If you’re a gaming fan and are going to be at the show be sure to stop by and let us know how much you love your library at Booth #1430. We’ll have bookmarks, buttons, and a photo booth on hand for you to get a picture showing the world how much you love Gaming @ your library. READ MORE
You’ve got your notebooks. You’ve got your backpack. The school bell has rung, and now it’s time for the homework to start piling up.Your family may visit the local public library in person to check out books, use a computer or ask for help from a librarian…but you may not know that you can also visit your library from your home computer. READ MORE
Mary Clare Zales appeared before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities September 11, delivering a strong message on the significant role that libraries play in American communities in the 21st Century. READ MORE
If you happen to be in the Washington, D.C. area on September 27, 2008 and love libraries, please be sure to stop by the American Library Association’s (ALA) booth at the 8th annual National Book Festival organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress.ALA will highlight reading and libraries at the festival, which is hosted by First Lady Laura Bush and allows book lovers to gather in the nation’s capital and celebrate reading and lifelong literacy. READ MORE
Celebrate book banning? No way! Why would you do that? The answer, of course, is that Banned Books Week celebrates the continued availability of books that some folks tried to ban, not their attempts to ban them. Banned Books Week celebrates books and the people and institutions that defend your right to read them. For over twenty-seven years Banned Books Week has celebrated the freedom of Americans to write, publish, sell, buy, borrow, and read. It does this by publicizing attempts to have books removed from America's libraries -- whether those attempts where successful or not. READ MORE
At the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 29, Booklist hosted a forum on the burgeoning genre of post-9/11 literature. Booklist Online Senior Editor Keir Graff (My Fellow Americans) led the panel of distinguished authors, including Carolyn See (Golden Days), speaking about conflating personal and global catastrophe; Janette Turner Hospital (Due Preparations for the Plague), discussing her visit to Ground Zero and how it influenced her book; and Ellen Gilchrist (A Dangerous Age), talking about the yet-unwritten definitive 9/11 book. READ MORE
A library patron needs some books. Famous, award-winning, acclaimed books. Seems simple enough. And yet...This video was produced by AL Focus, the video arm of American Libraries Magazine, in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 27-October 4, 2008, and in cooperation with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. READ MORE