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Welcome to Check Your Shelf. We have some…erm…interesting news items in this issue, specifically in regards to a board member who claims she received something odd in the mail. I have my doubts, quite frankly, but you can read the article and judge for yourself.
Libraries & Librarians
The Campbell County Public Library has received 22 challenges to materials over the last two weeks.
The Hawaii State Public Library is requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests for all visitors.
A Craigshead County Jonesboro Public Library board member claimed that she had received a sack of…excrement in the mail after she argued that the library board should first approve titles with sensitive content, such as sexual or romantic attraction, gender theory, and family planning.
Cool Library Updates
How libraries are using Twitch to engage with teens and emerging adults.
A special education teacher created a handmade bookmobile to ride around his Chicago neighborhood.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library receives a $150K grant from the Library of Congress.
The legacy of 9/11 and how it affected the library world.
Why investing in libraries is a climate justice issue.
Calculating the hidden costs of collecting fines. Plus, why libraries have gone fine-free over the past few years.
When this new mom was struggling, libraries gave her a place to belong.
Book Adaptations in the News
The Gossip Girl reboot has been renewed for a second season at HBO.
Why turning books into movies is such a challenge.
Books & Authors in the News
A Glen Ellyn (IL) third grade teacher teacher has been removed from the classroom after she showcased her queer- and activist-themed classroom books on TikTok.
Stephen King and Humble Bundle have teamed up to release a new, unpublished short story, which will be used to raise funds for the ACLU.
Numbers & Trends
The first Spider-Man comic sells for a record $3.6 million at auction.
Karen Tei Yamashita has been awarded the 2021 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
The National Book Award longlists for translated books and young people’s literature have been announced.
The 2021 Kirkus Prize finalists have been announced.
Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous
On the Riot
8 TikTok book challenges and trends to join.
Another weekend coming up, folks. Be good to yourselves!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.