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State of America's Libraries 2019

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Learn about trends and issues affecting libraries in the 2019 State of America’s Libraries report, including the #Top11 Challenged Books of 2018. #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform

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2018 saw an increase in attempts to censor drag queen story hours and LGBTQIA+ programming, as well as challenges to remove access to databases. 2019 State of America’s Libraries report: #NationalLibraryWeek #bannedbooks

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges in 2018. Here’s the breakdown:  Books 62%; Databases, magazines, films, games 10%; Programs, meeting rooms 15%; Displays, artwork 6%; Other (including social media, access, hate crimes) 7%.

ALA's @OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2018. Overall, 531 total materials were targeted. 2019 State of America’s Libraries report: #NationalLibraryWeek #bannedbooks

531 toal materials affected in censorship attemts in 2018 including magazines, films, and databases

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We love libraries of all sizes, but @librarycongress takes the cake for largest collection in the world! See more #NationalLibraryWeek facts:

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The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 167 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves, which would span roughly the distance from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Washington, D.C.

Libraries boost academic success for students of all ages! More at #NationalLibraryWeek

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A growing body of evidence suggests that students’ academic success is linked to library usage, including improved student retention and an enhanced academic experience.

Your data shouldn’t be an open book. Library workers champion privacy and intellectual freedom for their communities:  #NationalLibraryWeek

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Librarians have long championed their community members’ right to access information privately, and serve as an essential refuge where everyone can check out materials or browse the internet without their information being shared.

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek! Learn more about how libraries spread joy in their communities all year-round:

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Libraries play a critical role in the happiness of Americans. Communities that spend more on libraries, parks, and highways are shown to support the well-being of community members.

Summer learning is crucial for academic achievement. Libraries give students of all backgrounds the support they need to avoid falling behind! [LINK] #NationalLibraryWeek

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Lower-income students are especially at risk of falling behind in math and reading when school is out. Public libraries help narrow the achievement gap by offering summer learning opportunities to students of all backgrounds.

Libraries serve all types of communities across the country. Make sure to support your local library this #NationalLibraryWeek and beyond!

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There are more public libraries (16,568) than Starbucks cafés (14,606) in the US—a total of 16,568, including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers.

Academic libraries offer essential resources for college/university students, faculty, and staff—make sure to show yours some love during #NationalLibraryWeek and all year!

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Everyone in a college benefits from the college library, yet libraries receive fewer than two cents of every dollar spent on higher education.

With #MarchMadness coming to a close, kick off April right by celebrating #NationalLibraryWeek! More library facts:

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Academic librarians provide information services for almost 38 million people each year, some 4 million more people than those attending men’s college basketball games.

College/university libraries are transforming with the times. More on how libraries stay at the forefront of our digital world: #NationalLibraryWeek

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Digital media titles in US academic libraries have increased by 50% since 2014.

Shout out to the hardworking staff at America’s college and university libraries: with billions of books and articles out there, you help students and faculty find the resources they need. #NationalLibraryWeek

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Academic libraries have almost 2.5 billion physical and electronic items in their collections available for use.

Information literacy is a key issue in America’s schools, and librarians play a key role in helping students separate fact from fiction. More timely facts for #NationalLibraryWeek and #SchoolLibraryMonth:

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According to a recent study by Stanford University, more than 80%  of middle schoolers cannot tell the difference between sponsored content and a real news article.

Thank you, school librarians, for helping narrow the achievement gap! #NationalLibraryWeek #SchoolLibraryMonth

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Students in high-poverty schools are almost twice as likely to graduate when the school library is staffed with a certified school librarian.

School libraries give kids space to discover, explore, and grow.  Celebrate #NationalLibraryWeek and learn more:

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School libraries give students a unique opportunity for self-directed inquiry. Four out of five Americans agree that libraries help spark creativity among young people.



State of America's Libraries 2019