The kitchen can be overwhelming during the holiday season. Don’t fret, we have a Librarian Recommends: Lists full of comfort food and accomplishments from world-renowned chefs. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – or not – for those who host family and friends for the holidays. Gatherings imply an expectation of good food and reconnection, especially after the seclusion of the last few years. Lane Public Library recently created a Librarian Recommends: Lists that focuses on the memoirs and stories of chefs from all over the globe.
Step right up to win your next favorite book with the Librarian Recommends: Lists Makers Challenge! Our newest enrichment, Librarian Recommends: Lists, was created to help librarians boost catalog engagement and circulation in their libraries. Now, we’re giving librarians the chance to score a new book for their personal collection! The first 50 libraries that create and publish at least five lists1 by December 15, 2022, will automatically be entered into our Librarian Recommends: Lists Maker Challenge.
Experts suggest summer learning loss – also known as the summer slide – can lead to students losing up to one-third of the coursework they learned during the school year. It’s a statistic that has one public library working to support student learning year-round. Summer break is often bursting with sounds of kids letting loose, families enjoying each other’s company, and friends spending adventure-laden days in the sun. Summertime in many households means school’s out and schoolwork is not in.
One-third of books banned from U.S. school libraries tell LGBTQ+ stories. Now, libraries on college campuses and in communities face an increased responsibility to make queer stories accessible. For many in the U.S., Pride Month in June is a time to commemorate and celebrate the advancements of the LGBTQ+ community. But some believe recent concerted efforts to ban LGBTQ+ literature in schools across America pose a threat to strides previous generations of LGBTQ+ people have made toward achieving total acceptance.
The number of banned and challenged books in schools is increasing. Here’s what librarians can do about it. School libraries have provided a safe space for learning about diverse cultures and lifestyles for generations. They’ve been that special place where kids could get extra help on an assignment or take a walk in someone else’s shoes by simply picking up a book. However, the range of perspectives available in school libraries is under threat, as parental concerns regarding content available to their children is backed by changes in U.