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A Message from Judy Blume, National Library Week Honorary Chair

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Best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume is Honorary Chair for National Library Week, 2014.  The theme for this year's celebration is  Lives change @ your library.

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Erika Robuck: 'I read far more than my parents could afford to buy for me'

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In this video interview, Erika Robuck, author of historical fiction, says libraries whetted her appetite for research.

She remembers her dad taking her to the library to research projects – usually the night before it was due.

There, she developed a taste for researching the card catalog.

“I think that made me really want to write historical fiction, because that’s what I do now. I go to the archives. I research,” she said.

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Lives change @ your library

Lives change @ your library every day! They are a great place to spend quality family time with your children and teens looking for new books, explore new media and technology or enjoying a vast array of programs.

This National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014) we encourage you to share how the library has changed yours and your family’s lives. There are several ways you can participate:

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Barbara Stripling: The 'Declaration for the Right to Libraries'

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In this video, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling discusses the "Declaration for the Right to Libraries."

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DIY @ your library

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Duct Tape Crafts: Day 2 Teen Tech Week DIY @ NHS Media Center

Teen Tech Week (March 9-15) is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great nonprint resources and services that are available to teens and their families. 

Libraries across the country celebrated this year’s Teen Tech Week with the theme, DIY @ your library. The theme reminds teens that there are all kinds of high tech and low tech programs and opportunities available at their local library, not just during Teen Tech Week, but all throughout the year.

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Hackathon @ your library

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Teens complete library technology quiz at Rum River Library's Teen Tech Week pro

This week is Teen Tech Week (March 9-15), the perfect time to check out what your library has to often you and your teens in the digital age.

Computer classes for kids and teens often vary greatly from the classes offered to their adult counterparts, which often focus on keyboarding, software training and learning to use Facebook. Instead today’s tech savvy students are learning how to create software and digital applications – rather than how to use them.

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Preservation Week @ your library: One on One with Dear Donia

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We all have keepsakes we treasure, and preservation expert Donia Conn is ready with tips on how to take care of our special photographs, letters, books and more. In her advice column Dear Donia, she answers questions to help people preserve their special mementos.

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The Oscars @ your library

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Academy Awards 2012

86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2, 2014, and while the award ceremony can be a fun event to watch with the whole family, some of the movies might not be age appropriate for your kids and teens.

Consider using your library’s DVD collection to check out family-friendly Oscar nominees from the past.

Since 2001, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has recognized animated features in their own distinct category. Academy Award winners in this category include:

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Andrew Slack: ‘It’s Christmas every single day when you walk into a library’

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In this interview, Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, shares his memories of libraries and his views on library budget cuts.

Slack says he has loved every library he has ever been in. In fact, he says, “I have felt if I could go on vacation, it would just be to sit in a library and just look at books.”

There is nothing that can be compared to seeing the world while going on a hike, but going to the library, he says, is to take a different kind of hike.

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Slow it down @ your library

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Stew in slow cooker

There’s nothing like the family gathering together around to the dinner table for a nice hot meal to beat the winter blues. But between work, school and activities, sometimes sitting done together can be a challenge. Solution: try making cooking together your quality family time.

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