During the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are turning to the web for school, work, and community—but for the 33 million U.S. households without a home internet connection, getting online isn’t so simple. Since lockdown began in March 2020, libraries have gotten creative to promote digital equity and access; supporting the American Library Association (ALA) is a powerful way to ensure that even more people in need can get online. READ MORE
The Library of Congress is home to a vast collection of archival audio and video recordings—and now, thanks to the innovative Citizen DJ project, musicians of all skill levels can remix this extensive historical material into unique beats and songs. READ MORE
‘Tis the season for Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions everywhere you turn—but amid all the ads for once-a-year sales, don’t forget that your local library offers the biggest savings of all.Your library card is far more powerful than any coupon code: every day of the year, your library can save you tons of money on entertainment, education, and more. Even during the pandemic, libraries are offering extensive free online resources that anyone can access from the safety of their home.Here are a few of the best values you can get from your library: READ MORE
In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked I Love Libraries readers and the American Library Association’s social media followers to reflect on why they’re grateful for their libraries.Responses ranged from cherished childhood memories to stories of how libraries have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.Here are a few of the highlights:“Growing up in a military family and moving a lot meant my best friends were library books. We always found the local library first. School librarians befriended me.”—Kerstin C. READ MORE
COVID-19 has upended life as we know it, but libraries have been going above and beyond to continue serving their communities during these unprecedented times.By expanding their online resources, offering contactless pickup, and hosting socially distant programming, libraries have found safe ways to keep patrons engaged, informed, and entertained.Here are just a few of the most innovative ways we’ve seen libraries respond to the pandemic: READ MORE
Looking for great gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? Books always make for perfect presents, and librarians have expert reading recommendations for all your friends and family.Below, you’ll find tons of links to librarian-curated book lists and awards, featuring a wide array of diverse titles for readers of all ages.(To really spread joy this holiday season, purchase your picks from your local independent bookstore—small businesses need all the support they can get during the pandemic and beyond.) READ MORE
For so many students, the annual school book fair is something to look forward to all year—it’s a chance to explore all the coolest new books and pick out the very best titles to take home. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person book fairs are out of the question, but librarians and publishers are working together to bring the experience online. READ MORE
If you’re hoping to expand your horizons while self-isolating at home, try learning a new language with help from your local library—you can access language learning resources and programs all for free with a library card.Check out your library’s online catalog to see what introductory textbooks and dictionaries they have in your target language. Many libraries also have language learning materials available in ebook form, allowing you to instantly download a title of your choice from the comfort of your home. READ MORE
Looking for great gifts for the teens in your life? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released their long-awaited list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB) for this year. READ MORE
History buffs can navigate to the British Library’s online collection to explore a stunning array of archival maps, architectural drawings, and other geographical treasures. READ MORE