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Libraries – they’re not just about books!

Today, we talk about the role of libraries today – from providing digital, multimedia services to promoting literacy to facing community reactions to controversial books.


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Libraries – they're not just for books!

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Today, a look at today's libraries.

We talk about challenges, including librarian shortages and controversial books.

And we discuss the ways libraries impact and serve communities, from bridging the digital divide to the importance of literacy.

Has a librarian or library changed your life?

Did you discover a love of reading through the library?

What are some of your favorite books and even current recommendations?


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