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Grace McGann Author Archive

Email: gmcgann@tippcitylibrary.org   Twitter: @@gracemrn5

Grace McGann is a teen librarian with a penchant for stress-baking. She received her MSLIS at the University of Illinois iSchool.

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Public Libraries are Feeling the Impact of the Latest Surges

As we near the 2-year anniversary of the first lockdown, libraries continue to feel the effects of skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers. The Delta and Omicron surges have forced libraries to adjust yet again in the face of rampant staffing shortages, testing demand, and schools going remote. Libraries are constantly adjusting to continue being a resource to their communities.

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Stop Trying to Make Book Banning a Thing

Book banning has become an unfortunate trend. According to ALA, the rate of attempted book bannings in September 2021 was a 67% increase from September 2020. Challenged books deal overwhelmingly with two topics: race and LGBTQ+ issues.

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Criminalizing Book Selection

Yes, you read the title right. In a (sadly) not-so-surprising turn of events, a parent attempted to press charges for collection decisions made at the Central Kitsap School District in Washington state.

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Ending Late Fees: A Case for Equity

Public libraries in New York City are officially putting an end to late fees. They now join a group of libraries across the country working to provide more equitable access to library resources.