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My Salute to Librarians

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children's Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library.

Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

Quassan Castro | Posted 08.23.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.

Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries

Barbara K. Stripling | Posted 06.16.2014 | Books
Barbara K. Stripling

The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discovering new authors and using computers to research.

Kate DiCamillo Wins Newbery For Best Children's Book

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 01.28.2014 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Kate DiCamillo's "Flora & Ulysses," a comic superhero tale featuring a mighty squirrel, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year'...

10 Librarians Receive $5,000 Awards

AP | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Some were praised as inspirations for young people, others for their work on digital projects and still others as tireless researche...

Dear Fabolous...

Thea Montanez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Thea Montanez

I think the better question you could have asked is, "Where else are the homeless gonna get free access to support services, man?" And just for the record it's not only the homeless that depend on us.

Librarians Slam Arizona Over Mexican American Studies Ban

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.27.2013 | Latino Voices

Librarians do not approve of Arizona’s battle against Mexican American Studies. A group of 10 educational organizations, including the American ...

Why We Need to See What the Monsters Look Like

Scott DiMarco | Posted 09.25.2013 | Media
Scott DiMarco

Several major retail chains have refused to sell the Rolling Stone with Tsarnaev on the cover due to poor taste and insensitivity. This is a different type of insensitivity -- insensitivity to the role of a free press and responsible journalism.

New Case of Libramnesia Confirmed in Miami

Thea Montanez | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Thea Montanez

No, Libramnesia is not the name of a woman or the latest mixed drink. Libramnesia is a highly common, but under-treated social condition that causes its sufferers to completely forget about libraries or even worse, believe libraries are irrelevant.

Rolling Stone: A Case Against Censorship

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.18.2013 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While I do not place Rolling Stone necessarily in the category of the classics censored and banned throughout the history of ideas, I certainly advocate for the age-appropriate consumption of materials from which we may derive our own conclusions and our own ideas.

The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem

Art Brodsky | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Art Brodsky

While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on.

Andrew Carnegie Medals Awarded

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — Richard Ford and Timothy Egan, winners of literary medals presented by the American Library Association, both credit libraries for ma...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Accused Of Going Soft On Porn

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget big banks. In the eyes of one conservative group, Attorney General Eric Holder has failed in his duty to take down big porn. M...

Episode #128: Augmented Reality Apps and Children's Books

Katie Davis | Posted 04.01.2013 | Books
Katie Davis

Show Notes In the show you'll hear 12x12 membership(it's closing soon!) Just Write for Kids Picture Book Course Children's Book Hub Children's...

Our Guides to Knowledge: Celebrating 'I Love My Librarian Award' Winners

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Today, librarians are the men and women who help us to find our way along the electronic highway, and there are no more intellectually rigorous, imaginative, and professional tour guides one could find, online or off.

Play Games At Your Library November 3

Jenny Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jenny Levine

International Games Day @ your library is an annual initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.

Celebrate Teen Read Week!

H. Jack Martin | Posted 12.15.2012 | Books
H. Jack Martin

Teen Read Week™ which runs October 14-20, is a national literacy initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at inspiring teens to read for fun -- on paper, online, on an e-reader -- and to use their library to find great reading materials.

Teens Pick Favorite Book

AP | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- Veronica Roth is the current rave among teen readers, according to a new survey. The young adult division of the American Library Associa...

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

Patricia Martin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Patricia Martin

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose.

WATCH: The Bane of Banned Books

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Bill Moyers

Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.

Where Are All The Librarians Of Color?

Haipeng Li | Posted 11.14.2012 | Books
Haipeng Li

Libraries are necessary to support these dreams, since they are the public institutions that new Americans and diverse groups rely on the most to support continued education, and English language and technology skills needed to thrive and compete in today's competitive global market.

The Banning of Harry Potter

Deji Olukotun | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Harry Potter is now the most banned book in America, according to the American Library Association. But these books have taught children to read, to think, to write and to criticize, all hallmarks of free expression.

First Ever Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners Announced

AP | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anne Enright's novel "The Forgotten Waltz" and Robert Massie's biography "Catherine the Great" have won the first-ever Andrew Carne...

A Place to Eat, a Place to Learn

Jesse Seaver | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

We all need a place to eat, and we all need a place to learn. The more support we have in these two areas when we are young, the better our chances of not growing up to be hungry adults. For most children, the primary environment in which they eat and learn is school.

'Hunger Games' Again On List Of Challenged Books

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- The more popular "The Hunger Games" trilogy becomes, the more reasons some parents and educators have found to question whether it belongs...