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Julie Hatsell Wales, 2012 Winner of the I Love My Librarian Award

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Julie Hatsell Wales, one of ten winners of the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, speaks about what it means to win the award.

Wales is a Library Media Specialist at McNair Magnet School in Rockledge, Florida.

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Winter workout @ your library

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Winter is a hard time for everyone when it comes to staying active – it seems that we all have the inclination to hibernate. This can be particularly disheartening for parents who understand the need for their children and teens to stay active as a part of a good mental and physical lifestyle, but don’t know what to do during the cold months. 

Here are just a few recommendations for activities that your whole family can take part in indoors, outdoors and, as always, at your local library.

Outdoors:

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Susan Kowalski, 2012 Winner of the I Love My Librarian Award

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Susan Kowalski, one of ten winners of the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, speaks about what it means to win the award.

Kowalski is a school librarian at Pine Grove Middle School Library in East Syracuse, New York.

Brad Meltzer mentioned her by name in his editorial for The Huffington Post, "The Unsung Heroes in our Schools:"    

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Great Websites for Kids

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Since 1997, the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been helping parents help their kids find entertaining and educational websites through its Great Websites for Kids (GWS), an online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.  

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Rae Anne Locke, 2012 Winner of the I Love My Librarian Award

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Rae Anne Locke, one of ten winners of the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, speaks about what it means to win the award.

Locke is a school librarian at Saugatuck Elementary "Secret Garden" Library in Westport, Connecticut.

According to her nominators, Rae Anne Locke has poured her heart and soul into planning, creating and growing the "Secret Garden Library," a vibrant, warm and inviting place that is ...a learning hub for the entire school community and nurtures each student individually.

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Junot Díaz on How a School Library Changed His Life

Junot Díaz, National Book Award finalist for This Is How You Lose Her and Pulitzer Prize-winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, appeared recently on Moyers & Company and

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Scott Hutchins: 'There would have been no option for books except for the library'

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In this interview, Scott Hutchins, author of A Working Theory of Love talks about the importance of libraries in his research and also shares memories of how librarians helped foster his love of reading.

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Gluten Free Baking @ your library

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December 16-22 is Gluten-Free Baking Week, the celebration was created as an opportunity to celebrate gluten-free baking and encourage people to try their hand at incorporating gluten-free foods into their holiday meals. 

Spend some time with your kids during Gluten-Free Baking Week and make gluten-free treats to share with friends and family.

Check out these resources at your library:

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Students Post 2012 News Know-how Projects

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First-year projects completed in the News Know-how initiative that helped young people distinguish between fact and opinion in news accounts in print and online during the 2012 presidential election have been posted at www.newsknowhow.org/projects.

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Highlights from the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony

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This video contains highlights from the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award ceremony. The program is administered by the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries.

The 2011 event honored 10 librarians (featured in the video) who were recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses. More than 1,700 library patrons nominated a librarian. The event also was part of Carnegie Corporation's Centennial Celebration.

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