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Authors Push Back Against “National Emergency Library”

Authors are pushing back against The Internet Archive's "National Emergency Library" for infringing on their copyright.

Barnes & Noble Closes 400+ Stores; Employees Question What Happens Next

Bookselling giant Barnes & Noble began laying off employees this week as over 400 stores closed due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.

Innovative Community Reading Programs Spread the Love of Literacy

Find and participate in existing opportunities in your community in the future, or borrow these ideas to create your own community reading programs.

Reading YA Books May Increase Empathy and Integrity

New research suggests there might be a connection between reading YA books and increased empathy and integrity.

A Look Inside Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Take a look at the well-known literacy program built by a country legend. Explore the history, legacy, and issues of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

With COVID-19, Library Staff Should Not Be Required to Report to Work

Breaking down the many reasons why library staff should not have to report to work as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 on a global level.

Amid Public Health Crisis, MN Legislature Focuses Instead on Drag Queen Story Hour

Minnesota House Republicans threaten to slash funding to public libraries hosting Drag Queen Story Time.

The Ripped Bodice’s Fourth Annual Diversity Report

The Ripped Bodice, the United States’s first romance-dedicated bookstore, has announced their fourth annual report on the State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing.

I Read My Way Out: My Year of Reading Copiously and Therapeutically

One reader on making big life changes, including changes to her reading life. Talking about the journey, the goals, and the books that lifted her up.

A Little Exploration of Self-Help

An exploration of self-help, from the genre's readers to its writers and titles, both classic and recent. A reader weighs in on their flaws and highlights.

Sharing Books Online: An Evolution Over the Last Decade

How has book blogging changed in the last decade, and what does the future hold? One reader turned to these literary influencers for answers.

Tennessee Becomes Next State Seeking Public Library Oversight, Censorship

Tennessee "parental oversight committee" bill would censor public library programs, materials.

The Lasting Magic of THE SNOWY DAY

THE SNOWY DAY is the most borrowed item from the NYPL. One reader considers why Ezra Jack Keats' 1962 children's book is beloved by generations.

Just Get a Library Card: 5 Memorable Library Heists

From book bandits to archive raiders, learn about some noteworthy library theft incidents. Read on, and be glad you have a library card.

Why Do I Fall Asleep When I Read?

Why do we sometimes fall asleep while reading, even when we’re interested in the book? And how do we stop it? We discuss some tips and tricks.