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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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Ray Bradbury: Staunch advocate for libraries

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Ray Bradbury in 1975 by ALA Light

 Libraries were central to the life of author Ray Bradbury, who died June 5 at the age of 91.They also crept into his literature.

In his book, "Something Wicked This Way Comes," one of his main characters, Charles Halloway, is a library janitor.

One of the key passages at the opening of the book takes place in the library, as Charles's son Will and Will's friend Jim Nightshade enter a world of wonder.

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Batter up with baseball books

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Book cover: THe Babe and I

Between playing Little League and softball games, cheering for a favorite team on TV, or just tossing around a baseball in the backyard, it seems that serious baseball fans can never get enough of America's favorite pastime.

Why not add some baseball reading to your list?  (Or play Step Up to the Plate @ your library for a chance to win a trip to the Hall of Fame!)

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Lindsey Leavitt: 'I am a writer because of the librarian'

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In this video interview, Lindsey Leavitt credits her school librarian with inspiring her to become a writer.

Leavitt said she would go to the school library at lunch every day.

“I’m a writer because of the librarian,” she said.

Leavitt had an essay to write about her favorite genre of books, and the librarian encouraged her.

“That essay won the essay contest for the school in fifth grade. After that, I was always writing in the library.”

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Families: Step Up to the Plate @ your library!

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Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Baseball has a long tradition of being passed down from father to son or from grandfather to grandson. Just look at the Boone family; they not only passed down a love of baseball through the generations, but also some major league talent. In fact, the Boones are the only family in baseball to have had a grandfather, father and grandson all play in a World Series. 

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