National Library Week: The State of America’s Libraries 2023 Report

The State of America’s Libraries 2023 Report

Thank you for joining the SUNY Cortland Memorial Library in celebrating National Library Week!

To finish out the week here is the American Library Association’s “State of America’s Libraries Report 2023”

In 2022, the global COVID-19 pandemic entered its third year; political, economic and digital divides grew; and book challenges and bans surged across the country. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked a record 1,269 book challenges, the highest number of demands to ban books reported since they began compiling data about censorship in libraries. But despite all these challenges, libraries thrived, pivoting to offer new and updated services to their communities. Adaptation and innovation shined in 2022, proving that there truly is “more to the story” at libraries.


National Library Week: Outreach

National Library Outreach Day April 10, 2024

National Library Outreach Day celebrates library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

National Library Outreach Day is an opportunity for library advocates to make their support known—through thanking library staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

National Library Outreach Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

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National Library Week: National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day : Libraries work because we do

What is National Library Workers Day?
NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Nominate a stellar library worker!
Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management. Please visit the Galaxy of Stars to see your nomination. It will be updated weekly.

Galaxy of Stars – New York Read about amazing library workers in NY.


National Library Week: Right to Read Da

Don't let censorship eclipse your freedom to read. Right to Read Day April 8, 2024

National Library Week: Monday, April 8th,2024 – Right to Read Day

Over the last few years, censors have accelerated their attempts to remove or restrict books and programs in schools and public libraries. In 2023, the American Library Association documented efforts to censor 4,240 unique book titles in schools and public libraries, a stratospheric increase from 2022’s previous record of 2,571 unique titles.

Organized pressure groups have used their power—and long lists of titles—to wage an aggressive campaign to empty library shelves of all books they deem inappropriate instead of allowing people to decide for themselves what they and their children read. These groups have redirected their aim from schools to public libraries, which saw a 92% increase in the number of titles challenged over the previous year. Nearly half of the titles impacted were by or about LGBTQIA+ individuals and people of color. On #RightToReadDay, Monday, April 8, we’re asking you to take action and raise your voice for the right to read.


National Library Week: Challenged Books

National Library Week 2022: 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021THANK YOU for joining us in our celebration of National Library Week 2022!

As the week draws to a close let’s reflect on the importance of the Freedom of Information and the fact that books are still being challenged. Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021. The Memorial Library owns most of these and if we don’t, we provide Interlibrary Loan for FREE so you can read ALL the challenged and banned books your heart desires.

1. Gender Queer
2. Lawn Boy
3. All Boys Aren’t Blue
4. Out of Darkness
5. The Hate U Give
6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
8. The Bluest Eye
9. This Book is Gay
10. Beyond Magenta


National Library Week: Fund Libraries

Thursday, April 7, 2022 is a day to consider Advocating for and Funding Libraries.

Thank you to all who donated to the Memorial Library yesterday during The Cortland Challenge!

If you did not have an opportunity to donate yesterday, you can make a donation here:

Click “Make a Gift,” then “Choose your Designation”and check “Other,” then write in “Memorial Library.”


National Library Outreach Day 4/6/22

National Library Week 2022 Outreach Day

Today is National Library Outreach Day!
Q: How do Academic Libraries provide outreach?
A: One important way is to provide resources to our users where they are, which is not always in the library building. We strive to provide quality online resources so our users can do their research from home, their dorm, in another country while on an exchange program, late at night while the library building is closed but our online resources stay available 24/7, and the list goes on.

Our library is here to meet your information needs.


National Library Workers Day 4/5/22

National Library Workers day

April 5, 2022 is National Library Workers Day! To celebrate and show appreciation for library workers and the work they do throughout the year, library users are invited to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee.

Submit a Star:

Visit the Galaxy of Library Stars from NY State to see what people are saying about their favorite library workers!

Galaxy of NY Library Stars: