A starchy enigma has been bedeviling staff at the Wayland Free Public Library in Massachusetts: over the past two weeks, potatoes have been inexplicably appearing on the library’s front lawn. This unexplained occurrence has managed to attract national attention, garnering a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“This is the kind of news I hope to spend more time thinking about in 2021,” Colbert shared before unpacking the mystery. He goes on to speculate about whether the “taters of chaos” are “responding to some sort of primal potato call to assemble for the great potato uprising” or if Bigfoot may...


A new year means new books—so we asked I Love Libraries readers and the American Library Association’s social media followers to share the releases they’re most excited about for 2021.

The responses included a diverse array of fantasy, YA, nonfiction, mystery, and more, from a mix of bestselling authors and debut writers. Here are some of the highlights:

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (June 15)! I cannot wait to see young Maverick in action and revisit favorite characters! Ms. Thomas' books are so engrossing, lively, and resounding with current events and memorable moments that you carry with you long after finishing the book!”—Mandy G.

Hall of Smoke by H. M. Long (January 19). There'...


Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have put together an amazing list of recent graphic novels for teens.

A committee of librarians curated their 126 favorite titles from 145 nominations submitted by readers. Their picks include a diverse mix of fiction and nonfiction books and are curated for youth aged 12 to 18.

Here are YALSA’s top ten favorites from the 2021 Great Graphic Novels for Teens:



In a new PSA video for the American Library Association, actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke explains why it’s so important to support our nation’s libraries.

“I’m here to talk to you about libraries, one of the most beautiful institutions that mankind has ever created,” he shares. “[Libraries are] a place where people from all backgrounds can join and be submerged in the ideas of the generations before us and the generations that are present right now.”

“If you can, please give to your local public library,” Hawke urges in the clip. “It is desperately needed.”

Check out the full video:


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