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ALA President: Censorship alive and well in Internet age'

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ALA President Molly Raphael

In an opinion piece that appeared on Sept. 22, American Library Association President Molly Raphael reminded readers of The Huffington Post of the importance of Banned Books Week, warning about attempts being made today to keep library books off the shelves.

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Connect with your kids @ your library During Banned Books Week

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In this video, Barbara Jones, the director of the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, talks about how parents can connect with their kids during Banned Books Week, which is celebrated annually during the last week in September.

Jones talks specifically about what is important to parents and children during Banned Books Week. She has tips for families and emphasizes the importance of keeping books on the shelves.

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Connect with your kids Through These Great Websites

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Libraries are a great resource for parents who are seeking informative and engaging websites for their children.

One of the great sources they use for such sites comes from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), which publishes a list of Great Web Sites for Kids.

This online resource contains hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

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Read Like a Pirate

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy! buckos! Sept. 19 be International Talk Like Pirate Day - a day dedicated t' celebratin' o' how much fun it be t' talk like, well a pirate.

While adding words like “ahoy” and “avast” and referring to your kids as “buckos” is at the heart of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, your library is the “x” on the map when it comes to finding a treasure trove of books relating to pirates.

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John Rocco: "You could find what you love and take it home with you"

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In this interview, author and illustrator John Rocco (Blackout) shares his thoughts on libraries.

He remembers how both his father and the library nurtured his love of reading. But "most of his books were on clinical chemistry and toxicology," so Rocco "had to get my books from the library."

He said he takes his daughter to the library often. "She loves that experience."

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday is the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, another example of how libraries promote diversity in their communities.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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A Son's First Library Card

Chicago mother and author Kate Hannigan Issa shares this story of her son Gabriel's first library card.

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Robert Venditti: Books can help you connect with your kids @ your library

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In this video interview, graphic novelist Robert Venditti, author of the popular Percy Jackson series, explains the joy of going to the library with his children, another example of how books can help you connect with your kids @ your library.

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Getting Crafty @ your library

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My Favorite Felt Sweets

When I was a little girl, two things my mom and I shared were a love of crafts and the ownership of our very own library cards (though truth be told, mine lived in her wallet). I remember a time when I was home sick, and just so I wouldn’t miss out on the arts and crafts activities at preschool, my mom went to the library and picked up an armful of craft books so we could make our own art projects at home.

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My first library card!

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Do you remember the excitement of getting your first library card?  There was something so enticingly grown up about signing your name on the application and being able to use your very own card to check out books for yourself.

Of course, excitement manifests itself in different ways.  Do you think you were ever this excited about your first library card?

Welcome to the world of library card holders, Sanders!

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