Celebrate Día de los niños/Día de los libros


Today is Día de los niños/Día de los libros, or Children’s Day/Book Day — a nationwide celebration of children, families and reading held annually on April 30th. The day is celebrated to emphasize the importance of literacy in children’s and their family’s lives, and grew from Children’s Day, which began in 1925.

Not What You Think Design Contest Winner


Last night, our friends at the Chicago Public Library announced the winner of their “Not What You Think” design contest. Anyone was able to enter, as long as the submitted design contained the library’s URL

Go Green @ Your Library


Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day? Then get yourself to your local public or school library! The library will have interesting books, films, magazines and more about all kinds of topics related to conservation and the environment (browse the 300s, 500s and 600s in the stacks or ask a librarian for help).

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2008


Remember the controversy surrounding “And Tango Makes Three,” the children’s book about two male penguins caring for an orphaned egg? Well, once again, (for a third consecutive year in fact) Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning book tops the list.

Library Use Surges, Funding Lags


In this tough economy, with more layoffs each day and many tightening their budgets at home, more Americans turn to their libraries as they look for more cost-effective ways to find resources, such as books and DVDs.

It’s not surprising then, that the American Library Association’s annual State of America’s Libraries report (released yesterday as part of National Library Week) found that library use accelerated dramatically as the national economy sank.

ALA @ your library


"Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity, the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity."

— Vartan Gregorian

Libraries, throughout history and in the present day, have been vital in helping to define the ideals of democracy, knowledge and progress. An informed public cultivates a better functioning and advancing society, and free and accessible libraries serve as a critical vehicle to keep the public informed.

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