“Reasons to Love ­Libraries” from School Library Journal and Library Journal and sponsored by OverDriveis a yearlong project and c­ampaign to engage the public in reflecting on libraries and their impact. Telling the story of libraries has been our business for decades. In the face of disinformation and social media hot takes targeting these institutions, we invite you to contribute your thoughts about libraries, which could reflect your own experience, or what libraries mean to your community or the broader culture. 

Share the library joy on social media with the hashtag #ReasonstoLoveLibraries. Downloadable assets for Instagram, Facebook, and X, below, along with RTLL Canva templates.

 

What are your #ReasonsToLoveLibraries?

We want to hear your story! 

Call 646-741-8842 to share your Reasons to Love Libraries story—we might feature it in a future RTLL article or on social media!

 

 

SLJ/LJ Coverage

Community

A Public Library’s Comprehensive Babysitting Training Workshop
From Petting Zoos to Field Trips, These Library Initiatives Forge Strong Ties with Communities.
Amanda Chacon: Community Champion | 2024 School Librarian of the Year
Julie Stivers: Creating a Place to Read and Thrive | 2023 School Librarian of the Year
 

COVID Response

Educators Use 3-D Printers to Create and Donate PPE 
Rolling with the Times: How Mobile Services Innovated During COVID
School Librarians Get Creative To Hold Book Fairs Despite Pandemic Restrictions
Health-Based Library Outreach in the Covid Era | First Steps
Public Libraries Get Innovative for Playtime

 

Equity

Going the Extra Mile: Equity in Summer Programming
Local Heroes: Librarians Address Inequity Where They See It 
Building Better Book Fairs: Librarians Create New Models
Favorite Children’s Titles Turned Tactile in Public Library Makerspace Program 
Black Librarianship: Stories of Impact and Connection 
 

Health and Well-being

Strike a Pose: Yoga for Young People, from Babies to Teens
Librarians Offer Personal Attention and Community to Students Facing Challenges 
Jessie Storrs: Serving “Just Kids” | 2024 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

 

Intellectual Freedom

Tamara Cox: A Leader for All | 2024 School Librarian of the Year Finalist
What’s It Like to Be the Target of A Book Banning Effort? School Librarian Martha Hickson Tells Her Story.

 

Literacy

One Million Books and Counting: The Citywide Digital Library’s Success Story in New York City Schools 
Winning Numbers: The Right Books Turn Math Haters into Math Lovers
Karina Quilantan-Garza: Local Hero | 2023 School Librarian of the Year Finalist
Melissa Corey: Books for Every Student | 2023 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

 

Mental Health

Reading for Well-Being: A Librarian-Counselor Initiative
Where Healing Happens: Librarians Adopt Trauma-Informed Practices To Help Kids 
Eco-Action: How Librarians Turn Students’ Climate Anxiety into Agency
Librarians Support Students Amid Anti-LGBTQIA+ Legislation, Challenges 


Programming

Nine Tips for Zine-Making Programs at Your Library
Hip Hop Architecture Camp Brings Urban Planning to Summer Programming 
Hip-Hop EDU: Use Music To Spark Students’ Creativity and Learning 

 

Technology

Librarians can take the lead on educational use of AI
School Librarians Explore Possibilities of ChatGPT
Librarians lift student learning with AR and VR
 

 

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Take to social media!

        

Join us in sharing reasons to love libraries via social media. Here are some images we have posted, each linking to a compelling library story. Below are elements that you can use to tell your own library story using the official "Reasons to Love Libraries" logo. 

Logo versions

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Logo on a white
background

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Logo on a
transparent background

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Logo in white box

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Logo in white box
 with hashtag

Hashtag designs

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Black and red type on a
transparent background

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White and red type on a
transparent background

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Black and red type
on a yellow banner

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White and red type
on a black banner

More downloadable assets

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Flying heart design

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X-Twitter background
1600 x 900 pixels

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Instagram background
1800 x 1800 pixels

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"School Library" variant on white background.

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"School Library" variant with border.

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"School Library" variant with transparent background.

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