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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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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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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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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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Free Comic Book Day, everyday @ your library

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Book cover: Captian Raptor and the Space Pirates

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:

Grades K-2

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Connect with your kids: Exploring Steampunk @ your library

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Steampunk enthusiast at C2E2

It may come as a surprise to some of us that one of today’s growing subgenres of young adult fiction can find its roots in classic works from more than one hundred years ago. Yes, the forefathers of science fiction, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are also the original “steampunks.”

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Support Teen Literature by checking out these nominated books

Today is Support Teen Literate Day! The goal of Support Teen Literature day is to raise awareness about teen literature as an exciting, ever grow area of the book market.

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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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