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
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) have teamed up with Humble Bundle to create an amazing opportunity for readers to make a difference in the world. They’re offering an incredible collection of diverse books for a fraction of their $800+ sticker price, and a portion of the proceeds will support ALA and FTRF’s work promoting social justice, inclusivity, and intellectual freedom in librarians and schools. READ MORE
When writer and illustrator Yuyi Morales first moved to the United States, she and her infant son discovered their local library, which soon became a cherished haven and helped inspire her passion for children’s literature. Decades later, she shares a moving gratitude letter to a librarian who touched her life in a podcast and animated video from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.“Hola, Nancy. Do you remember me?” the letter begins. “I could never forget you.” READ MORE
When locals head to the former Merchants’ Square supermarket in Carmel, Indiana, they’re not stocking up on groceries. Instead, they’re there to check out books from the temporarily relocated Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL), which has ingeniously repurposed the vacant store space to house their collection while their main branch is under renovation. READ MORE