Libraries

FILE - In this June 20, 2017, file photo, novelist Colson Whitehead speaks to fans after discussing his Pulitzer prize-winning book "The Underground Railroad" at the English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Already this year's recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library Congress. On Monday, July 13, the library announced that he had won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
July 13, 2020 - 7:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already this year's recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that he had won the Library of Congress Prize for...
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Kerri Kaplan, a fifth grade teacher, stands next to a small library she has in her front yard in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, April 17, 2020. As government orders shuttered public libraries to slow the spread of coronavirus, some have turned to official and unofficial book-sharing means to satisfy their desire for new reading material. (AP Photo/Michelle A. Monroe)
May 17, 2020 - 11:52 am
Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So, she filled the back of her car with donated books and began her own mobile library. “I know...
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In this April 2, 2020, photo provided by librarian Claudia Haines, she poses for the selfie while preparing to read stories on the air at local radio station KBBI in Homer, Alaska. The library teamed up with the station to continue its popular story hour for preschoolers after it closed to the public amid coronavirus concerns. It's among ways the nation's libraries are dealing with closures amid coronavirus concerns. (Claudia Haines via AP)
April 28, 2020 - 12:56 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — All it takes is a few words from a storybook to connect kids over the crackle of an AM radio station. It's not 1950s entertainment, but a nostalgic way children in even the most remote Alaska communities — many with unreliable internet — can overcome further isolation...
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This cover image released by Chronicle Books shows "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo," written by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller. The book was among the top 10 challenged books in 2019, according to the American Library Association. (Chronicle Books via AP)
April 20, 2020 - 9:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stories with gay and transgender themes, a spoof inspired by the family rabbit of Vice President Mike Pence, and classics by J.K. Rowling and Margaret Atwood were among the books that received the most objections last year at schools and libraries. On Monday, the American Library...
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A smartphone belonging to Drew Grande, 40, of Cranston, R.I., shows notes he made for contact tracing Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Grande began keeping a log on his phone at the beginning of April, after he heard Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo urge residents to start out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
April 16, 2020 - 11:55 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Before stay-at-home orders are lifted, the nation's public health agencies want to be ready to douse any new sparks of coronavirus infection — a task they say could require tens of thousands more investigators to call people who test positive, track down their contacts and get them...
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February 23, 2020 - 6:39 pm
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library. Police said the boys were arrested after they were seen running from Porterville City Library shortly after flames...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 photo, firemen battle a fire at the public library in Porterville, Calif. Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested for allegedly starting the blaze at a public library in central California that left a firefighter dead and another missing, officials said. (Charles Whisnand/The Porterville Recorder via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 1:24 pm
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting a blaze at a public library in central California that left a firefighter dead and another missing, officials said. Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil said Wednesday the teenagers were arrested Tuesday in...
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This cover image released by Quill Tree Books shows "New Kid" by Jerry Craft. Craft's “New Kid," a graphic novel about a 7th grader's struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. (Quill Tree Books via AP)
January 27, 2020 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Craft's “New Kid," a graphic novel about a 7th grader's struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. “New Kid” also received the Coretta Scott King Award for an outstanding work by an African...
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Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot pose in a 1946 family photo in Dorset, Vermont. After more than 60 years of sitting sealed up in a storage facility at Princeton University Library, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled, revealing the extent of their relationship that scholars have speculated about for decades. (Princeton University Library via AP)
January 04, 2020 - 9:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Recently unveiled letters from T.S. Eliot to his muse Emily Hale show how much he loved his longtime friend, but a statement from beyond the grave by the poet himself dismisses his feelings and shows how Eliot tries to rewrite the narrative of their relationship, scholars say...
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January 01, 2020 - 6:07 am
After more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled this week, and scholars hope they will reveal the extent of a relationship that's been speculated about for decades. Many consider Hale to...
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