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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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