State of America's Libraries Report 2021 Promotional Tools

State of America's Libraries 2021, Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city wearing masks; a Wi-Fi signal emanates from the library) in a cit

Use these graphics and sample social media posts to help spread the word about the State of America's Libraries  report! Click images to enlarge.

Reporters, please contact: Macey Morales, Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing Office, American Library Association, mmorales@ala.org

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Cover art: State of America's Libraries Special Report: COVD-19, American Library Association (illustration of people walking in a city wearing masks. In the background, a Wi-Fi signal emanates from the library)


Readers are going digital during the pandemic. Visit your library’s website to access ebooks, movies and other electronic content through no-contact lending. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek #EBooks

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Twitter share: In 2020, public libraries loaned out 289 million ebooks—that’s a 40% increase from 2019.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


Librarians are developing creative programming that continues to serve their communities while maintaining social distancing. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek

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Twitter share: A book club in Connecticut took their literacy discussion outdoors with its Book Yak on a Kayak event.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


Thanks to nationwide advocacy efforts, libraries got a much-needed boost from the federal government to increase digital access and purchase hotspots for their communities. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform

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Twitter share: The CARES Act provided libraries with $50 million to expand community internet access.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


Thank you, librarians, for developing accurate and informative resources about the major issues facing our communities. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek

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Twitter share: Throughout 2020, librarians were fighting disinformation about COVID-19, the census and the U.S. presidential election.  State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


Even though buildings may have been closed due to COVID-19, academic libraries continued to encourage and engage students through innovative virtual activities. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021  #NationalLibaryWeek

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Twitter share: At a Florida university, students were able to destress during finals week by participating  in an online escape room, playing quarantine bingo and learning to tie-dye.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)

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Learn how libraries are stepping up and responding to the impacts of the pandemic in this special issue of the State of America’s Libraries COVID-19 Report. It also includes the #TopTen Most Challenged Books of 2020. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek #BannedBooksList

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Twitter share: State of America's Libraries Special Report: COVD-19, American Library Association (illustration of people walking in a city wearing masks. In the background, a Wi-Fi signal emanates from the library)


In 2020, libraries of all types stepped up to meet the needs of their communities. Learn more in the State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek

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Twitter share: "Libraries kept Americans connected in ways that brought our communities closer. Buildings may not have been open, but libraries were never closed." ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.


During the pandemic, libraries are providing digital lifelines to their communities by checking out laptops and hotspots and extending Wi-Fi to their parking lots. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #DigitalDivide #NationalLibraryWeek

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Twitter share: 25% of Americans lack high-speed internet access at home, that’s 33% of rural Americans. State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


When student learning moved online, #SchoolLibrarians pivoted to bridge the distance between the living room and classroom. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibraryWeek #SchoolLibrarians

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Twitter share: School activities such as author visits, scavenger hunts and special themed days went virtual for students.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


The public ♥️s libraries! And they proved it at the polls by voting for continued library funding. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021  #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform

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Twitter share: More than 90% of voters supported the library in 100+ library-related referenda across 27 states.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)


Libraries are working to diversify collections with inclusive books so children can see themselves reflected in what they read. https://bit.ly/soal-report-2021 #NationalLibrarayWeek #DiverseBooks

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Twitter share: Only 15% of books for young people are by diverse authors in a country where more than 39 %of the population is non-white.State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 (illustration of people walking in a city with masks, Wi-Fi is emanating from library building)

Top Ten Most Challenged Books

More promotional tools for the Top Ten Most Challenged Books list and the launch of Banned Books Week 2021 are available at: ala.org/bbooks/freedownloads.

Top Ten Most Challenged Books Social Media Graphics

#1 George Twitter | Facebook
#2 Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Twitter | Facebook
#3: All American Boys Twitter | Facebook
#4 Speak Twitter | Facebook
#5 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  Twitter | Facebook
#6 Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice Twitter | Facebook
#7 To Kill a Mockingbird Twitter | Facebook
#8 Of Mice and Men Twitter | Facebook
#9 The Bluest Eye Twitter | Facebook
#10 The Hate U Give Twitter | Facebook