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These books have been banned in several public schools and libraries across the U.S. amid a wave of book censorship and restrictions. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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Opinion: Books are not land mines

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Messages on the window of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Jonesboro, Ark., urged voters to approve library funding. Local voters opted to cut the funding in half, following complaints about books that some deemed inappropriate, and the library is now struggling to stay open. Janet Thiel/The Jonesboro Sun via AP hide caption

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Library funding becomes the 'nuclear option' as the battle over books escalates

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The surprising economics of digital lending

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Yanna McGraw is one of about a dozen full-time social workers working at libraries across the Midwest. A representative of the Public Library Association says over the past decade, more libraries have been finding ways to partner with social workers. Darian Benson/WFYI hide caption

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Washington D.C.'s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is one of the libraries trying to accomodate patrons' different needs during the pandemic. Thomas Hawk/Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

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"I think we've been tricked into believing that we have to constantly consume, and I think challenging the way we consume is important," Noname says. SUZANNE CORDEIRO/Getty Images hide caption

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On Jan. 11, Rapper Noname Wants You To Register For A Library Card

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Leah Esguerra (right), who is credited with being the first social worker installed directly at a public library, strolls through the fifth floor of the San Francisco Public Library's main branch, joined by the library's health and safety associates (from left to right) Sidney Grindstaff, Jennifer Keys and Cary Latham. Jason Doiy/Courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library hide caption

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Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker

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The mobile library travels on one of its routes on the Outer Hebrides island of Lewis and Harris. For isolated residents, seeing the mobile librarian is sometimes the only human contact they may have for days. Celeste Noche hide caption

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Moscow's Fyodor Dostoevsky Library was renovated in 2013 and now sees some 500 visitors a day, up from just a dozen or so per day in earlier years. The library hosts language clubs, readings, lectures and concerts. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Once Centers Of Soviet Propaganda, Moscow's Libraries Are Having A 'Loud' Revival

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Students at Do Space learn to use a laser cutter during a crash course on how to design a key chain. Joy Carey/NET News hide caption

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

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The North Korea Information Center in Seoul, South Korea, holds a vast collection of publications, videos and everyday items from the North. Here, North Korea Woman magazine features the classic propaganda art often seen in North Korea. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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In The Heart Of Seoul, A Trove Of North Korean Propaganda

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The Cedid atlas was "the first Muslim-published world atlas based on European geographic knowledge and cartographic methods," the Library of Congress writes. The National Library of Norway just discovered a previously unknown copy in their collection, after a reference librarian posted a scan of it to Reddit. Nikolaj Blegvad/The National Library of Norway hide caption

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Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

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Youths walk past a mural calling for peace in Ferguson, Mo., on a building up the street from the city's police department a day before the grand jury decision was announced. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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