News and Updates

Stay up-to-date with EveryLibrary's work.

News and Updates

Stay up-to-date with EveryLibrary's work.

New Report from EL Institute on Voter Attitudes about Book Bans

A new poll from the EveryLibrary Institute has found that the overwhelming majority of voters strongly oppose book banning and, most significantly, that 75 percent of voters will consider book bans when voting for legislators in November.

Review of State Laws that Would Criminalize Librarianship 2021-22

The 2021-2022 state legislative sessions saw an alarming and unprecedented increase in the number of bills that would remove librarians, educators, or other bonafide professions from exemptions from prosecution under state obscenity laws.

Library Lens on Dismissal of Obscenity Suit Against B&N

It is heartening that the obscenity suit brought against Barnes and Noble was dismissed by the Court today in Virginia Beach, VA. The plaintiffs had attempted to weaponize the use of obscenity laws against books that included sexual content that does not fit their worldview. The court made the right decision in finding that these books do not meet the definition of obscenity under the law.

Statement on Patmos Library

The fight over books with LGBTQ Characters or by LGBTQ authors in the library in Ottawa County is ending with the defunding of the library.  

Censored Authors Speak - 4th of July Edition Archive

We were very proud to host an amazing conversation during "Censored Authors Speak: Fourth of July and the Freedom to Read" with our co-hosts We Need Diverse Books. The video is now available for on-demand viewing for free on our YouTube and Facebook channels. It was a powerful conversation and we invite you to join us. 

See You at ALA?

If you're attending the ALA conference in Washington DC this weekend we'd love to meet!  

EveryLibrary in the News 2022 - January to June

EveryLibrary staff and leadership have been featured in over two dozen stories with national and local impact so far in 2022. These stories from news outlets as varied as the Washington Post, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal as well as local press from Delaware to Washington state and trade publications like Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. We help set the tone about the role and impact of libraries and library workers across the country. 

A Win in Whitesburg

People like you helped us support the Whitesburg Friends of the Library and keep another library open. EveryLibrary was proud to support this Georgian Library through a petition campaign on the industry's most advanced advocacy platform. We were able to use donations from the Rapid Response Fund to run targeted ads in the community to encourage people to sign the petition and attend the city council meeting. Hundreds of local residents signed the petition and took action to support this library. Your donations and support make all of this possible!

Read More, Hate Less

In a 2015 exchange, Barack Obama told American novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson that the most important things he learned about being a citizen came from novels. He said it “had to do with empathy, with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of greys, and that it’s possible to connect with somebody even if they’re different from you.”

Sign-Up Your Library to Participate in National Voter Registration Day!

On September 20th, our friends at National Voter Registration Day are getting ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their yearly celebration of democracy! We need library staff like you to help us make it one for the record books by signing up your library to participate in the 2022 national event.