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As the pandemic continues to pose new challenges, libraries are finding ways to better meet the needs of their communities. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via GettyImages

Being a librarian isn’t just about books – it’s about helping everyone get access to information and resources

A scholar of literature for children and young adults shares her insights on how to better connect children with literature and libraries with their communities.
Book-banning campaigns often misrepresent how young readers consume and process literature. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read

The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.
High school students have studied many of the same books for generations. Is it time for a change? Andrew_Howe via Getty Images

These high school ‘classics’ have been taught for generations – could they be on their way out?

An English professor takes a critical look at why today’s students are assigned the same books that were assigned decades ago – and why American school curricula are so difficult to change.
Entertainer and author Janelle Monáe performs during the 2019 Grammys flanked by android-like backup dancers. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What is Afrofuturism? An English professor explains

Even though Afrofuturist works are set in fictional worlds, they provide a blueprint for social, political and economic systems free from exploitation and oppression.

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