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Stan Lee: "Libraries are the 'open sesame' to all the knowledge in the world."

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Serving as the 2014 Honorary Chair is comic book legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-men, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four.  In this video Lee speaks about the value of libraries and the important role they played in his childhood.

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Peter Bagge: 'I always associate stuffed birds with libraries'

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In this interview, the author of the Hate comic shares his expectedly quirky view of libraries.

He says his most vivid memory of libraries "doesn't have to do so much with books."

Growing up in Peekskill, N.Y., he said his local public library owned a huge glass case filled with stuffed exotic birds.

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School Libraries: Collaborating for College Readiness

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 Kutztown (Pa.) Area High School students

The school librarian is the hub of the learning wheel.

This is demonstrated by high school librarians like Brenda Boyer, at Kutztown (Pa.) Area High School, as they collaborate with teachers and students to make sure those students are college ready.

The effectiveness of the collaboration between Boyer and her teacher colleagues, Allison Kocis-Westgate and Josh Chambers, led to their receiving the Collaborative School Library Award, given by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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Lois Lowry: The library is 'still is the best game in town.'

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In this interview, Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, which has been made into a soon-to-be-released motion picture, says she grew up in the 1940s in a small college town that was so close to the library she could walk to it by herself when she was 6 or 7 years old.

“To me it was an awe inspiring place," she says, although she admits being intimidated by the librarian.

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'Mostly Lost' Event at Library of Congress: Day Three

Day Three of the “Mostly Lost” preservation festival offered another interesting day of discovery and near-discovery, as the intrepid crew of film sleuths plugged away at identifying the fragments of unknown films presented in the theater at the Packard Campus of the Library of Congress in Culpeper, Va.

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'Mostly Lost' Event at Library of Congress: Day Two

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Mostly Lost, Library of Congress, July 17-19, 2014

By Steve Zalsuky

For a number of silent film enthusiasts, silent comedy has acted as a gateway drug.

In my case, I sampled a dose of Chaplin and this led me to Keaton, which is like moving from marijuana to crack cocaine. From there, I developed an insatiable appetite for all things silent, cinematically speaking. But I also wind up going back to my roots in an enthusiasm for silent comedy.

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'Mostly Lost' Event at Library of Congress: Day One

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Shelves of nitrate film at Library of Congress Packard facility

By Steve Zalusky

A grueling 700-800 mile drive from Chicago to Culpeper, Va., barely sustained by several rest-stop "ventis" and followed by only one-two hours of sleep, had left me more than a little groggy as I headed to the lobby of the Microtel Suites in Culpeper.

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Michelle Luhtala Speaks About the Postive Impact of Winning the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award

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In June, at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas we spoke with Michelle Luhtala, winner of the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, about the impact that winning had on her career and her local community.

Luhtala explained that in addition to the boost to her career, winning the award turned out to be a valuable advocacy piece for her school library.

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'Mostly Lost' Event at Library of Congress Packard Campus Promotes Film Preservation

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 Library of Congress Packard Campus

Everyone at one time or another gets a "desert island" question.

"If you could take 10 records to a desert island, what would they be?"

I would prefer receiving that question in a slightly different form.

"If you had a choice, where would your desert island be?"

I would answer, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., near Washington, D.C.

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Lisa Genova: 'Books are a window into a world greater than what you know.'

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In this video, author Lisa Genova discusses the many services available through the local library.

She says it is a place she visits every week with her children, where they take part in such activities as yoga, singing and crafts.

"My 12-year-old is a voracious reader, and I have a hard time keeping up with the books that she is reading," she says.

Speaking as a writer, she says that her favorite book events are at libraries.

"It's a great resource for the community," she says.

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