American Library Association

Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program returns Sept. 14-28 with an epic saga

CHICAGO – The Libraries Transform Book Pick will return Sept. 14-28, 2020 with its second ebook selection: Lauren Francis-Sharma’s “Book of the Little Axe,” published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. During the lending period, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available without waitlists or holds through U.S. public libraries using OverDrive. Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook.

DC’s Wonder Woman stars in new Library Card Sign-up Month artwork

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chair of this year’s Library Card Sign-up Month, DC’s Wonder Woman is starring in new artwork to champion the value of a library card. The free artwork includes a suite of digital graphics and customizable library cards.

Academy Award-Winning Actress, Author, and Activist Natalie Portman, Closing Session Speaker at ALA Virtual

CHICAGO—Natalie Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist whose credits include Leon: The ProfessionalCold MountainCloserV for Vendetta, the Star Wars franchise prequels, A Tale of Love and DarknessJackie and the forthcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman’s Fables is her debut picture book.

House Speaker unveils plan for fifth COVID-19 relief bill

On May 12, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief plan focused on emergency funding for states. The 1,800-page legislation is the latest proposal in Congress for what will eventually become the fifth economic stimulus bill.

Business, government, education leaders call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON — A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today by the American Library Association (ALA).  

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland to Open First-Ever ALA Virtual Event on June 24, 2020

CHICAGO—American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland first made history in 2007 as the second African American to be promoted to the rank of "soloist" in two decades at the company.  In 2015, Copeland made history for the second time, when she became the first African American female principal "dance

ALA awards additional 13 Library Census Equity Fund grantees

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced the names of 13 additional libraries receiving Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants of $2,000 to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.