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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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Screenshot: Boy with library card

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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Show Us Your Library Card!

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girl with library card

Whether your kids have been back in school for a few weeks or they're just heading back today, the week following the Labor Day always feels like the “official” start of the school year. Since every parent wants their children to start the school year off on the right foot, the question I pose to you is: do your kids have the most important school supply of all?

Show that you and your kids are school-ready and show us your library card

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Loss and Recovery: Librarians Bear Witness

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As many as 200 librarians were working in or near the World Trade Center and Pentagon when the terrorist attacks occurred in 2001.  Four librarians died in the attacks. Others lost colleagues, facilities and entire collections.

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"Not having that bike, it's a huge deficit in his life"

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Hieu Nguyen receiving bike from Philadelphia librarian

You can get many things at the library with a library card: free movies, music, books, e-books, downloads, classes and, of course, there are trained information professionals - librarians - to help you find what you’re looking for.

Last month, 12-year-old Hieu Nguyen received something extra special at the library: a new bike.

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