Libraries serve a valuable function in our democracy, protecting the free flow of information.
This week, the librarians who serve as the guardians of intellectual freedom honored a staunch champion of the public's right to know.
American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael presented Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) with one of the association’s highest honors – the James Madison Award. Lofgren received the award today during the National Freedom of Information Day Conference held at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). identifies the best of the best in children's recordings.
ALSC recently released its 2012 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. You can look for them at your local library.
In this interview, Ben Fountain says, "I love libraries."
In lingering detail, Fountain describes his olfactory joy at being in libraries particularly. One of his fondest childhood memories is of a public library in North Carolina, "one of those wonderful old municipal buildings, probably built in the '20s or '30s. Just the smell of all those books, of paper, the smell of the card catalog. That's a very powerful association for me."
Hungry for more Hunger Games? You’ve read the books, you pre-ordered your tickets, but the movie debut is still two weeks away. Now what?
Satisfy your Hunger Games appetite by preparing a Hunger Games inspired menu with your family.
This week, as Web-enabled tools such as Facebook, texting and smartphone apps become a staple of teen culture, school and public libraries from coast to coast are throwing open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcasing technological resources available @ your library during Teen Tech Week™, March 4 – 10, 2012.
Teens by the thousands will improve their digital literacy skills as they take advantage of free library social networking and digital media workshops, e-books, databases, online homework help, gaming tournaments and much more.
In this interview, author Susan Cain extols the virtues of libraries.
"I have been a passionate reader since I was 3," she said. "To me, libraries have always been sacred spaces, and libraries were kind of like the keepers of the flame."
Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Crown).
In this interview, fantasy author Brandon Sanderson gives special credit to school librarians for fostering his love of reading.
He explains how in the 5th grade he fell out of the habit of reading. That habit was re-instilled by a teacher who encouraged him to read a fantasy novel. He was then encouraged to nourish his love of reading about dragons by visiting the school library. This ultimately led to his career as a writer.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
March 2 is the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss, as well as the opening of the latest movie based on his work The Lorax.
Libraries are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.
Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promote the value of reading, of printed books and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.
The goal of World Book Night is to seek out reluctant adult readers wherever they are, in towns and cities, in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low income schools to mass transit.
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