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Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership.…

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The Great American Read Returns on 9/11!

Meredith Vieira returns as the Great American Read hits high gear. You spent the summer reading and voting for your favorite novels, now tune in to see which books celebrities, authors, and other readers across the country are rooting for. Tune into PBS on September 11th at 8pm ET. Click to See What Books and…

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Nominations are Open for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award!

The I Love My Librarian Award invites library lovers from across the country to recognize how their librarians transform their communities and improve lives; 10 exceptional winners will be selected to win $5,000 and be honored at a ceremony in New York later this fall. Library users from school, public, and college/university libraries can submit…

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Listen to Booklist’s Summer Book Club Bash Webinar!

Listen to the archive from this free, hour-long webinar on upcoming titles perfect for books clubs! On July 31st, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House Adult, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company showcases their new adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Click to Listen to the Webinar Archive.

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Get the Inside Scoop on Book Club Central’s Program at ALA Annual 2018!

Last month, United for Libraries and Book Club Central teamed up to present the Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist, moderated the panel that included Bill Kelly, librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read…

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Register for Booklist’s Summer Book Club Bash Webinar!

No time like the summer for planning your fall book clubs—and for starting to think about your own next unputdownable read! Do both when you attend this free, hour-long webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm CT. Here, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House Adult, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton…

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Read Along with Celebrities’ Favorites of The Great American Read

In the first episode of The Great American Read, PBS introduces America’s 100 best-loved books to launch the campaign to find America’s favorite book. Celebrities, authors, and readers across the country, share why they love reading and specific novels on the list. These are just a small selection of the 100 books that Americans voted…

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The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books…

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Get Involved During National Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day is a time for all library friends, patrons, and supporters to contact their elected officials and educate them about the positive impact of the library in your community. Nearly 500 ALA advocates will be meeting with their Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. on May 7-8. During this time, we urge…

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