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Cute creatures @ your library

For kids that love animals, the zoo or aquarium is a great way to spend a day out; the family can learn together and have fun.  Not every town has a zoo close by for regular visits, but thanks to a surge in online content from zoos, you and your children can take a virtual zoo visit. 

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Anthony Del Col shares his love of 'Berenstain Bears' and libraries at C2E2

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At this year's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo , C2E2, @ your library's Megan McFarlane met up with Anthony Del Col, co-creator and of the transmedia franchise Kill Shakespeare. Here's what he had to say about to the role libraries and the Berenstain Bears have played in his life.

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Kim Edwards: 'Libraries are Terrific Community Gathering Spaces.'

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In this video interview, author Kim Edwards extols the virtues of small town libraries.

“I had a wonderful public library in the small town that I grew up in, and so I was often there. Once I read through all the books in my house, I was at the library,” she says.

Edwards says she worked in the library as a college student, where she especially relished reshelving the books, because it meant being led to sections in the library she may not have visited.

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Healthy Bodies and Minds @ your library

For many kids facing issues of weight and body image,  judgments from outside influences, like the media and peers, can sting and become internalized. Such was the case with Marshall Reid, a 12-year-old who faced bullying and teasing because of his weight.  But Reid also turned a trying situation into a personal challenge.

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Ron Rash: 'I would risk the fear to go there'

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Author Ron Rash recounts the influence of libraries on his life as a reader and writer in this video.

He remembers being allowed to go to the library alone for the first time in fourth grade. He said the books he loved the most were in the basement and, to get there, he had to pass through the mystery section, which was marked with a skull and crossbones.

Growing up in a rural area, he said, meant that the library was his introduction to new worlds.

He also speaks movingly of the impact of reading "Crime and Punishment."

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Lynda Rutledge: 'It was just a home away from home'

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In this video interview, Lynda Rutledge, author of Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, explains how libraries nurtured her love of reading, introducing her to everything from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Academic library plays a key role in preserving labor history

Libraries play an integral role in preserving important aspects of our culture through their collections.

This can readily be seen in the work shown by one library, the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University.

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Crafty Mother's Day gifts @ your library

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hand crafted magnets

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and you still haven’t found that perfect gift for mom?

Instead of heading to the mall, why not check out what is happening at your library?

Many libraries across the country celebrate both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (which is only a month away) with special story hours, family events and craft projects. 

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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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