ALA and I Love Libraries have created the new podcast, How I Library. The monthly series, hosted by ALA Communications Manager Phil Morehart, will feature authors, filmmakers, musicians, scholars, thought leaders, and librarians discussing the importance of libraries, their favorite library memories, and issues facing the library world. In the premiere episode, Morehart speaks with 2023–2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina. The podcast is an extension of the #HowILibrary campaign that ALA launched last fall.
ALA Communications, Marketing, and Media Relations Office, Feb. 15
Unite Against Book Bans, in collaboration with publishers and other stakeholders, has unveiled a free collection of book résumés to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates in their efforts to keep frequently challenged books on shelves. Each résumé summarizes the book’s significance and educational value, including a synopsis, reviews from professional journals, awards, accolades, and more. Where possible, the book résumés also include information about how a title has been successfully retained in school districts and libraries after a demand to censor the book.
Unite Against Book Bans, Feb. 20
On February 20, ALA opened registration for its 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held June 27–July 2 in San Diego. ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition invites library professionals from around the world to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities, leadership programs, Governance sessions, and more. Early registration, which offers the lowest rates, runs through March 31.
ALA Conference Services, Feb. 20
Diana Panuncial writes: “Last summer, comedian Jesús Trejo published his first children’s book, Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock (Minerva), which chronicles his childhood days going to work with his father. The title just received a Pura Belpré Honor for its illustrations by Eliza Kinkz. Its companion book, Mamá’s Magnificent Dancing Plantitas (Minerva), will be released this September. American Libraries spoke with Trejo after his appearance at ALA’s 2024 LibLearnX conference in Baltimore about his family, what fans can expect from his future work, and book bans.”
American Libraries Trend, Feb. 19
Linda W. Braun writes: “When advertising events in multiple languages or hosting programs that highlight different cultures, library workers may think they are doing all that’s necessary to engage with marginalized communities. But committing to equity requires more than checking off these types of boxes. To achieve equity in youth services, we must build an authentic foundation that centers historically marginalized youth and families. This process is worth a closer look so that we can think more critically about the programs and services we offer.”
American Libraries column, Jan./Feb.
American Libraries is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Library Design Showcase, our annual feature celebrating new and newly renovated libraries of all types. The showcase will appear in the September/October issue. We are looking for examples of innovative library architecture that address patrons’ needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. We are also interested in submissions from libraries that are approaching design with sustainability, accessibility, and smaller budgets in mind. Projects of all sizes, from new construction to small-scale renovations, are eligible. Submissions are due May 1.
American Libraries Trend, Jan./Feb.
“On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, beloved book lover LeVar Burton shared a video to help in spreading the word. Taking after the opening sequence to Reading Rainbow, the video highlights books that have been challenged throughout recent American history. The video emphasizes the absurdity of book bans in general. This is seen in highlighting the recent challenge to a title in Alabama because the author’s last name is Gay.”
Book Riot, Feb. 12