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National Library Week 2020

It's National Library Week, the American Library Association's celebration of all things library. Before the COVID-19 crisis, the tagline for this year was "Find Your Place at the Library" -- a commendable sentiment that suddenly became a whole lot more complicated. But look right -- now (if you're lucky enough to have access to a home library and/or internet) you can "Find the Library at Your Place." Clever! Librarians are nimble thinkers like that.

This week we are highlighting #LibrarianswithSuperpowers , including Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, Book Bike Librarians Ednita Kelly (below) and Liz Phipps Soeiro, and many others. 

And because we love you -- here are last year's American Library Association Youth Media Awards speeches -- the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and more -- from the July/August 2019 Horn Book Magazine (cover by Sophie Blackall). And don't forget the Magazine's digital archive is available and free during the COVID-19 crisis.

Even if you can't physically be in one, you can show your appreciation for libraries during #NationalLibraryWeek and every day! Look for the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek #ILoveLibraries and #ThankYouLibraries -- and do thank your libraries, and your librarians.

 

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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Bev Miller

As as a now elderly lady, my love of libraries has continued all my life. In the 1940's & 50's, I was the child of a career Military Officer, & after every move, I immediately found a library, because I knew all my old friends were always to be found in those shelves. The most interesting library in my memory, was run by two retired school teacher sisters who had a real lending library in the front room of their Victorian house.

Posted : Apr 26, 2020 05:32


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