Book Selection: General

  • Newsmaker: George M. Johnson
    by Sanhita SinhaRoy on September 21, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Johnson, who is serving as honorary chair of Banned Books Week this year, spoke with American Libraries about their book, why it’s being challenged, and how it can serve as a call to action. All Boys Aren’t Blue has been challenged and banned in many schools across the US and has appeared on ALA’s Top … Continue reading Newsmaker: George M. Johnson → The post Newsmaker: George M. Johnson appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Boiling Point
    by Diana Panuncial on September 13, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Unfortunately, Jackson has also faced more than its fair share of water crises. In late August, heavy rain caused the Pearl River, which runs through the city, to flood. Water from its largest water treatment plant, already running on backup pumps before this flood, couldn’t keep up. Many of Jackson’s libraries, businesses, and homes were … Continue reading Boiling Point → The post Boiling Point appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • 2022 Library Design Showcase
    by Sanhita SinhaRoy on September 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Environmentally sound Fulton County (Ga.) Library System, Central Library in Atlanta The interior design of the renovated downtown Central Library prioritizes accessibility, flexibility, and transparency, with large windows, multipurpose collaboration spaces, and a two-story atrium wrapping around a central staircase. The building, which is LEED Gold–certified, also emphasizes sustainability. By renovating instead of building entirely … Continue reading 2022 Library Design Showcase → The post 2022 Library Design Showcase appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • 2022 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards
    by Sanhita SinhaRoy on September 1, 2022 at 12:58 pm

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  • 2022 ALA Award Winners
    by Terra Dankowski on September 1, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Winners were honored at a ceremony and reception held June 26 at ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. This selection represents only some of those recognized in 2022; for a complete list, visit ala.org/awardsgrants.   Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada Pelayo-Lozada, who now serves as ALA president, has … Continue reading 2022 ALA Award Winners → The post 2022 ALA Award Winners appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Show and Tell
    by Sanhita SinhaRoy on September 1, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Interior signage includes identification signs for service points, office room numbers, elevators, stairways, restrooms, entrances, and exits; directional signs; signs for orientation (call number ranges, floor directory); and regulatory signs (fire exits, fire alarm pulls). Exterior signage usually includes signs for site identification, entrances, exits, parking (and accessible parking), and directional signs. At its most … Continue reading Show and Tell → The post Show and Tell appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • ID Made Easier
    by Sanhita SinhaRoy on September 1, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    “We saw how hard it was for [residents] to get electricity, rent an apartment, open a bank account, or pick up their children from school” without them, says Damaris Gonzalez, an immigration rights organizer with the nonprofit Texas Organizing Project (TOP), which has been advocating for enhanced library cards in the state. These cards are … Continue reading ID Made Easier → The post ID Made Easier appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • A Carrel and a Corral
    by Sanhita SinhaRoy on September 1, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    In January, images of some unusual new workstations at Fairfield Area Library—part of Henrico County (Va.) Public Library (HCPL)—went viral on social media and across national and international news media. What caught people’s attention: the way the desks with attached play areas for babies and small children allowed adults to work comfortably at computers while … Continue reading A Carrel and a Corral → The post A Carrel and a Corral appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Newsmaker: George Saunders
    by Terra Dankowski on September 1, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    In your forthcoming collection Liberation Day, “Love Letter” is about a grandfather who writes to his grandson in an authoritarian near-future, expressing contrition and caution about the political situation and observing that people are unpersuaded by others’ beliefs. Is this a speculative tale or do you think our country is at an impasse? In “Love … Continue reading Newsmaker: George Saunders → The post Newsmaker: George Saunders appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • By the Numbers: Halloween
    by Terra Dankowski on September 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    19th Century in which Halloween was popularized in the US, thanks in part to the arrival of Irish and Scottish immigrants. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival Samhain. 65% Percentage of US consumers who planned to celebrate Halloween in 2021, according to a National Retail Federation survey. 6 Number of live “ghostcams” … Continue reading By the Numbers: Halloween → The post By the Numbers: Halloween appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.