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A Library of the Mind: Underground New York Public Library

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partial screenshot from New York Underground collection

Libraries have the power to inspire.

That power generates a metaphorical force so strong that, in one case, it has led one New York photographer to create her own library through pictures she shares on an increasingly popular blog.

The Underground New York Public Library is not a real library. It describes itself as "a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways."

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Laura Dave: 'No one should be the arbiter of what we're reading and what we're not reading'

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In this interview, author Laura Dave remembers how regular visits to the library helped foster her love of reading.

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Melissa de la Cruz: 'All I did was read books in libraries'

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 In this interview, author Melissa de la Cruz talks about the importance of libraries in her life after she arrived in the United States from the Philippines at age 13.

She mentioned that public libraries do not have the same status in the Philippines as they do in the United States.

She said her father was amazed when they visited their local library for the first time.

"He could not believe that Americans would let you borrow them," she said.

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Margaret Dilloway: 'It's not just the books'

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In this interview, author Margaret Dilloway discusses the importance of libraries in her life, not just because they have books, but also because they offer so much more.

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The Magic of Studio Ghibli @ your library

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book cover: Spirited Away

Summer is practically synonymous with big blockbuster movies.

Recently, children, teens and parents in Chicago were treated to a special selection of Studio Ghibli movies at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  While the titles they showed may not have been blockbusters in the United States, they certainly are in their home country of Japan.

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Ridley Pearson: 'Without libraries I couldn't have written my first book'

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This week’s video at atyourlibrary.org features New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson, writer of suspense and thrillers for adults and children’s adventure books.

His works include a series set inside Disney theme parks called The Kingdom Keepers. He has also been a member of a rock group consisting of published authors, The Rock Bottom Remainders.

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Echoes of the 1972 Summer Olympics

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  Photo of Israeli hostages Kehat Shorr and Andre Spitzer durng the events lead

In the midst of this year's celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the presence of an earlier summer games looms in the background.

And while the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich has hardly overshadowed this year’s celebration, it still has managed to exert a distracting and even disturbing influence over the proceedings.

The significance of the 1972 games has not been lost on librarians.

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Rachel DeWoskin: 'We need centers of communication and learning and reading'

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Author Rachel DeWoskin strongly supports school libraries in this video interview.

She recalls "incredibly hot summer afternoons" when she visited her childhood library in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she would read book after book with her mother.

Recently, she was able to read at that very same library from one of her books, she says.

She praises the "beautiful, thoughtful" librarians who guided her to books that would matter to her.

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2012 Summer Olympics @ your library

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Olympic symbol (five interconnected rings)

In 1984, my parents took me to the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles to see my Dad’s friend compete in team handball.  Ever since, I have been completely obsessed with the Olympics.

While not every family can go to the Olympics, parents can still use the games as a great way of encouraging a love of sports, physical activity and good sportsmanship that the Olympics and Paralympics are meant to represent.

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Sally Ride on the Value of Libraries

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On July 23, 2012 Sally Ride, physicist and  first American woman to fly in space succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

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