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Finding love @ your library

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Jillian Liesemeyer and Andrew Roger.

Everyone knows you can check out many things at your local library. But apparently at one library, books and DVDs weren't the only things being checked out.

According to Omaha Public Library blog, the library hosted a very successful speed dating event.

The second “Hardbound to Heartbound: Speed Dating at Your Library” event drew more than 70 guests.

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month @ your library

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Book cover: American Born Chinese

Looking for a thought provoking way to discuss Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with your children and teens? Consider getting a start with graphic novels.

Due to their utilization of both pictures and words, comics offer a stimulating means for children, teens and even adults to explore new concepts and ideas by equating new words and ideas through a visual representation. 

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Pam Houston: 'Libraries entirely created my love of reading'

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In this video interview, author Pam Houston (Cowboys Are My Weakness), discusses her development as a reader through visits to her local library. She also shares her thoughts on the impact of library budget cuts and censorship.

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Free Comic Book Day, everyday @ your library

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Book cover: Captian Raptor and the Space Pirates

This weekend is a big one when it comes to comics, with both the opening of The Avengers movie and Free Comic Book Day.

But why can’t every day be Free Comic Book Day? It can be, at your library.

Recently, the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) released a recommended list of graphic novels for children in grades K-8.

Here are a few of our favorites we recommend sharing with your kids:

Grades K-2

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Lori Wilde: 'I felt like he had given me the key to the world'

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New York Times best-selling author Lori Wilde talks about what libraries mean to her in this video interview.

She takes particular relish in recounting receiving her first library card when she was 6 from her father, a reporter at the time. "I felt like he had given me the key to the world," she says.

She also recalls the joy of visiting the bookmobile as a child. Wilde has a special connection to libraries, since both her parents have library degrees.

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Libraries celebrate the first International Jazz Day, April 30

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International Jazz Day,April 30

Jazz is, arguably, the great American art form, weaving diverse cultural elements into a unique melodic, harmonic and rhythmic tapestry.

But it is also a language that carries a global appeal.

That aspect is being celebrated April 30, which was proclaimed International Jazz Day by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) General Conference in November 2011.

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Connect with your kids: Exploring Steampunk @ your library

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Steampunk enthusiast at C2E2

It may come as a surprise to some of us that one of today’s growing subgenres of young adult fiction can find its roots in classic works from more than one hundred years ago. Yes, the forefathers of science fiction, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are also the original “steampunks.”

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Jamal Joseph: 'It was a place where we realized that anything was possible"

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In this interview, Jamal Joseph recounts his experiences with libraries when he was growing up in the Bronx during the 1950s and 1960s.

"It was a cool little red building in our neighborhood that just felt like home," he said. "The librarians were very welcoming. You could stay as long as you want."

In the library, he said, he sensed that "anything was possible, where we could explorers, where we could be astronauts, where we could be firemen, where we could be teachers, where we could go back in time and in history."

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Libraries marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster

On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic embarked on its first - and what turned out to be its last - voyage.

Sailing from Southampton, England, to New York City, the passenger liner, considered unsinkable, struck an iceberg two days later. By the next day, the Titanic, along with 1,500 of its passengers, was underwater, where it would remain, undiscovered until 1985.

But the ripples created by that voyage have reverberated to this day, with the event memorialized in popular books and blockbuster movies.

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Support Teen Literature by checking out these nominated books

Today is Support Teen Literate Day! The goal of Support Teen Literature day is to raise awareness about teen literature as an exciting, ever grow area of the book market.

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