Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries across the country have closed their doors to the public—but what has that meant for the cats who call America’s libraries home?Libraries have long been home to feline residents who keep patrons company, promote activities and programs, and assist with pest control. We checked in on four library cats (and their humans) to see how their lifestyles have changed during the pandemic. READ MORE
Members of the Library and Information Technology Association (a division of the American Library Association) have put together an out-of-this-world list of recent science fiction books for young readers. Their picks include options for kids of all ages, with titles aimed at readers from pre-school through 12th grade.Here are there 30+ picks: READ MORE
Whether you’re dabbling in crafts or a professional artist, libraries offer extensive free resources to support your creative pursuits. Painters, musicians, writers, designers, and more rely on their libraries for access to information, inspiration, and a whole community of creators to collaborate with.Here are a few of the most ways that artists and creatives use their libraries: READ MORE
The internet is falling in love with Curbside Larry, the cowboy-hat–wearing, ultra-enthusiastic hype man for Texas’s Harris County Public Library (HCPL). In a viral promotional video from HCPL’s Barbara Bush Branch Library, Larry shares an irresistible pitch for using the branch’s curbside pickup services. READ MORE
Conference calls getting stale? It might be time to mix things up with a new webcam backdrop. READ MORE
The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly hard on seniors, who face an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and are often socially isolated as a result. Libraries, which have always played a crucial role in supporting older adults in their communities, have risen to the occasion: they’ve been providing information and human connection to the elderly while maintaining social distancing. READ MORE
Public libraries serve many roles in their communities, including the one they’re best known for: they ensure everyone can freely access books and other media, all without having to pay.An unfortunate misconception that some have about this model is that libraries undercut book sales by loaning out free copies—but library staff, readers, and publishers have data and insights that show this simply isn’t true. Many publishers are also among the greatest fans and supporters of libraries because they know what an important part of the book and reading ecosystem libraries are. READ MORE
Amid ongoing national conversations about anti-Blackness and racial violence, librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have put together a social justice reading list for youth. READ MORE
Bibliophiles can show off their love for libraries while keeping their communities safe with these amazing new face masks from ALA Graphics, the retail team from the American Library Association.These 100% cotton masks are breathable, washable, and reusable, and come in both youth and adult sizes. READ MORE