The 2013 State of America's Libraries Report was released by the American Library Association this morning.
The report details library trends and challenges of the past year and notes the ways that libraries and library staff continue to respond to the needs of their communities: advocating for free access to digital content, providing key resources, even as budgets are reduced, and speaking out forcefully against book-banning attempts.
An article on the website flavorwire.com not only acknowledges the fact that librarians are cool, but it also goes even further, naming the 10 librarians it considers among the coolest alive.
Please watch and share this video public service announcement (PSA) featuring National Library Week Honorary Chair, Caroline Kennedy, and star of Disney Channel's "Austin and Ally," Laura Marano is currently airing on the Disney channel.
Librarians, please visit the National Library Week page on the ALA website to find a variety of resources for promoting the event.
In this video, Jim Woodring talks about the influence libraries had on his life, particularly the public library in Glendale, where he grew up.
Woodring is a multi-purpose talent: cartoonist, artist, writer and even toy designer.
He is perhaps best know for the comics published in his magazine Jim and as the creator of the character Frank, featured in short comics and graphic novels.
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.
Below are just a few ideas of what you and your family can do together to protect the planet for future generations.
In this video, author Owen Laukkanen fondly recalls his experiences in libraries as a child, both in the public school library and his high school library. He says the latter offered him a refuge from math classes.
In fact, he says he loved his library books so much that he often held them long after they needed to be returned.
"As a writer, you have to be a reader first, and definitely my love of reading came, in large part, from trips to the libraries," he says.
He also makes a strong statement against attempts to ban books.
In this interview, illustrator Loren Long fondly remembers his elementary school library in Kentucky and, in particular, storytime with his school librarian.
He describes himself as a typical boy who liked sports. But going to her story hour, he said, was almost "as cool as going to gym class," adding, "She had such a warm way about her."
Loren Long is a New York Times best-selling author and artist.
Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) will posthumously award activist Aaron Swartz the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 James Madison Award during the 15th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. Swartz will receive the award for his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to research and government information.