Stars from Netflix’s hit reboot of the Baby-Sitters Club have come together to record a video message highlighting all the amazing resources you can find for free on your library’s website.“The BSC is great at entertaining kids, and so is your local library,” Malia Baker shares. Momona Tamada adds: “Libraries provide access to eBooks like the Baby-Sitters Club series to keep kids reading outside of school.”“They also offer great online educational programs for students of all ages,” Shay Rudolph says. Sophie Grace continues: “Libraries are great resources for summer reading and learning.” And, as Xochitl Gomez points out, libraries also “offer entertainment the whole family can enjoy together.” READ MORE
Love reading young adult literature? Librarians from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have put together an extensive list of their favorite recent novels from the genre.Of the 71 titles they selected, they’ve also chosen their top ten must-reads, which are as follows: READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the U.S. economy, with unemployment rates higher than any period since World War II. If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work this summer, check out what your local library has to offer—even without leaving your home, you can access a vast array of free career development resources online. READ MORE
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people everywhere are living through historic, challenging times. With that in mind, Virginia’s Arlington Public Library (APL) launched a “quaranzine” to provide a creative outlet for local residents. READ MORE
Miss spending time at your local library? Tune in to the live feed for the Bird Library, a popular hangout spot for sparrows, starlings, and other feathered friends. READ MORE
Now that Hamilton is streaming on the Disney+ app, history buffs and musical theater fans alike have been able to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical at home. Looking to learn more about the Founding Fathers after watching? The Library of Congress has extensive materials from the life of Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries, and many of these resources are free to explore online. READ MORE
In addition to providing free access to books and media, libraries have long worked to provide hunger relief in their communities. READ MORE
Libraries go above and beyond for the communities they serve, providing far more than just free access to books and databases. One powerful recent example: staff at Ipswich County Library in Suffolk, UK recorded their own audiobook version of an out-of-print novel so that a local senior could relive cherished childhood memories. READ MORE
Being read to is crucial for early childhood development, but many low-income families have limited access to books to share with their kids. That’s why Michigan’s Wayne State University Library System is teaming up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to distribute free books to Detroit families with children under five. READ MORE