With schools and businesses moving online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, internet access is more essential than ever—but millions of Americans lack broadband at home. Libraries, which have long worked to bridge the digital divide for all, have found creative ways to keep their communities connected even after closing their doors to the public, including sending bookmobiles equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots out into their community. These hotspots allow locals to utilize much-needed internet access while maintaining social distancing. READ MORE
National Library Week is April 19 – 25—and what better way to celebrate than by downloading free eBooks and audiobooks from your local library system?Through the end of April, participating libraries are offering unlimited free loans of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as an eBook and audiobook through the Libby app. With no wait times, you can download the book immediately. The novel is also available in more than 20 languages, so that non-English speakers can also enjoy the kids’ classic. READ MORE
National Library Week is April 19 – 25—and comedian and Late Night host Seth Meyers is helping spread the word in a new video. READ MORE
Libraries stand up for everyone’s right to read, but it’s not always easy to keep controversial books on the shelves. READ MORE
National Library Week is here! From April 19 – 25, library staff and users across the country are celebrating the countless ways that libraries promote access to information for all. READ MORE
With coronavirus continuing to spread, in-person gatherings are off the table—but one librarian in South Carolina is using video games to bring her community together virtually. READ MORE
As the coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread, America’s libraries are faced with an unprecedented challenge: serving their communities in a time of crisis while maintaining social distancing. The Public Library Association recently surveyed libraries across the country and found that 98% of respondents had closed their doors to the public, but that libraries are still finding innovative ways to provide access to information for all. READ MORE
With schools and businesses across the United States closing to slow the spread of COVID-19, internet access is more important than ever. People need to go online in order to work, attend school, and stay connected, but millions of Americans don’t have a broadband signal at home. With that in mind, libraries and advocates are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help them expand internet access in their communities. READ MORE
With schools closing across the country to slow the spread of COVID-19, parents and caregivers are in a challenging position: keeping kids engaged and entertained at home, often while working remotely at the same time. The internet offers countless children’s apps and games that purport to be educational, but choosing which ones to download can be overwhelming for busy families. READ MORE
With meetings, classes, and happy hours now taking place via video calls, webcam users have started digitally replacing their backdrops to cover up messy homes or just get a change of scenery. READ MORE