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National Bookmobile Day is April 11!

Bookmobile, Baltimore County (Md.) Public Libraries. Although the first nationally celebrated Bookmobile Day occurred in 2010, bookmobiles themselves have been on the roads and in the hearts of citizens around the world for more than a century.  Sometime between 1857 and 1859, a horse-drawn collection of books began making the rounds in Cumbria, a non-metropolitan county in North West England.

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Celebrate National Library Workers Day

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I Love My Librarian 2011 Award logo

It’s National Library Workers Day, a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by everyone who works in the library.

To commemorate, we’re highlighting some special librarians, those who won the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

 

 

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You belong @ your library: six word story sweepstakes

Share your story of why you belong at your library by composing a six word story for National Library Week!

Gaining popularity on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, six word stories, as the name implies, challenges authors to write a complete story in six words.  Here are a few examples we came up with:

Town’s kids visit Narnia. Librarian leads. 

What connects far and wide? Bookmobiles. 

School library doors open. Girl smiles.

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You belong @ your library: six word story sweepstakes

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National Library Week, April 8-14, You belong @ your library

Share your story of why you belong at your library by composing a six word story for National Library Week!

Gaining popularity on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, six word stories, as the name implies, challenge authors to write a complete story in six words.  Here are a few examples we came up with:

Town’s kids visit Narnia. Librarian leads. 

What connects far and wide? Bookmobiles. 

School library doors open. Girl smiles.

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J. D. Tyler: 'I could just relax and be me.'

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In this interview, J. D. Tyler, author of Primal Law, talks about how the librarians in her native Texas fostered her love of reading.

She also makes some pointed comments about censorship.

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Connect with your kids: Celebrate Women's History Month

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Harper Lee

March is Women’s History Month, a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society. 

Women's Education - Women's Empowerment is the theme of Women’s History Month 2012 and serves as a reminder that although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, the fight to learn was once a struggle waged by many women.

This month educate the young women (and men) in your life with these true life accounts of how women have changed the world.
 

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant Brings Books Into the Lives of Children

Three libraries are the beneficiaries of a grant program that will bring Coretta Scott King Award-winning books into their communities.

The Morton School of Excellence in Chicago, the Perris (Calif.) Library and the Prentiss (Miss.) Public Library are recipients of the 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

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Jerry Pinkney: 'Get involved - visit your local library.'

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“Our Authors, Our Advocates,” ALA Past President Roberta Stevens’ library advocacy initiative, features well-known and passionate authors speaking out about the value of and importance of libraries.
 
Celebrated author and illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, participated in the project by taping this video public service announcement.

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Connect with your kids: A Hunger Games 'Tribute' @ your library

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Hunger Games poster

March 23 - the opening day of The Hunger Games movie based on the popular book by Suzanne Collins - is only a week away.  With the excitement building, it's hard to find some place to channel it. Librarians excited about the movie themselves have developed fun programs for the lead up to its release.

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Librarians Honor a Champion of the Public's Right to Know

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Libraries serve a valuable function in our democracy, protecting the free flow of information.

This week, the librarians who serve as the guardians of intellectual freedom honored a staunch champion of the public's right to know.

American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael presented Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) with one of the association’s highest honors – the James Madison Award. Lofgren received the award today during the National Freedom of Information Day Conference held at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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