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Langston Hughes Library Designated a Literary Landmark

 

The Langston Hughes Community Library designated a Literary LandmarkThe Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A plaque was placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration.

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Peter Brown: 'I'm at the library as often as possible'

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In this video, Peter Brown, an author and illustrator of children’s books, remembers how he would hang out in libraries after school. 

Growing up, libraries, he says, made him aware of other worlds and the stories they contained.

"At a young age, I realized that I really wanted to tell my own stories," he says, adding that he started writing stories and drawing pictures because books were such a big part of his life.

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Sing-along @ your library

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If you were like me growing up, sing-a-long time with the family was probably equal parts Raffi and the oldies station your parents listened to in the car. While perhaps not always age appropriate (my favorite was Three Dog Night’s "Joy to the World"), these are songs and memories that have stuck with me to this day.

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Video of Caroline Kennedy’s Speech at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting Available Online

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As part of the Auditorium Speaker Series at the American Library Association’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Caroline Kennedy, Honorary Chair of 2013 National Library Week, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about her passion for libraries and the role that reading and poetry  has played in her family members' lives.

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Zack Stentz: Libraries,'as important as roads or police or firefighters'

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In this interview, screenwriter and debut author Zack Stentz declares his love of libraries and broadcasts their importance in unequivocal language.

He says, "Libraries fostered my love of reading by having so many things, so many topics that I was interested in available - and not just in a shallow way, like the Internet has, but in an in-depth way. If I was interested in sharks, I could almost become an expert by the time I was done."

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African-American Women in History @ your library

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Book cover: Let it Shine

Continuing our celebration of Black History Month and looking ahead to Women’s History Month check out these titles with your children and teens celebrating African-American women and their contributions to American history.

Becoming Billie Holiday
by Carole Boston Weatherford.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse. 

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Youth Media Awards 2013 Ceremony

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Crowd reaction at the 2012 Youth Media Awards

 

You may already know the winners, but it's still fun to watch the archived version of this year's ALA Youth Media Awards, just to hear the shrieks and applause when the winners are announced.

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Langston Hughes @ your library

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Book cover: I Too Am America

February marks not only Black History Month, but the birthday of one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th century, Langston Hughes.

Born on Feb. 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo. James Langston Hughes was raised mainly by his maternal grandmother in Lawrence, Kan., while his mother looked for work. It was in Lawrence that Hughes developed his love of books, which he discussed in his memoir Big Sea:

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Ashley Miller: 'I loved the actual physical feeling of being in the library'

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In this interview, author Ashley Miller talks about the importance of libraries in his development.

He says he spent most of his childhood in libraries, surrounding himself with books.

"I loved the actual physical feeling of being in the library, of having a bookin my hand, the smell of the book," he said.

Miller is the author, along with Zack Stentz of Colin Fischer, the story of a 14-year-old detective with Asperger's Syndrome.

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Youth Media Award Winner: Steve Sheinkin

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The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

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