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Library earns votes

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Plan for Broadview (Ill.) Public Library

Libraries are the centers of their communities. And even in a political year noted for its partisan rifts, voters in several communities are agreed on the need for libraries.

A recent example of this was the overwhelming passage of referendum to modernize and expand the Broadview (Ill.) Public Library.

Earlier this month, four out of five voters cast their votes in favor.

Library Executive Director Melissa Gardner said “We are overwhelmed by the positive support for the referendum and would like to thank all of the residents for sharing our vision.”

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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, which featured keynote speaker Caroline Kennedy and Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The program is administered by the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries. 

The 2012 winners will be announced in two weeks.

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Rosa Parks @ your library

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Book cover: Rosa Parks, My Story

Dec. 1 is Rosa Parks Day, commemorating the day when Rosa Parks simply told bus driver James F. Blake, “no,” that she would not give up her seat to a white man.

In her autobiography, Mrs. Parks explained, “People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” 

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PEW: How Parents Monitor Their Teen's Digital Footprint

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According to a recent survey, "Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy," from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others. Some parents are taking steps to observe, discuss and check up on their children’s digital footprints.

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Wendelin Van Draanen:'It opens up this whole world to you that you weren't expecting'

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In this interview, Wendelin Van Draanen, author of the "Sammy Keyes" series, talks about the key role libraries have played in her - and her family's - life.

She also shares the joy she has experienced in seeing children who have enjoyed her books tell her, as grownups, that their children also enjoy them.

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Libraries Inspire Novelists

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, here is a video featuring a variety of authors talking about how libraries have inspired them to read and write, as well as provided them with spaces to create or conduct research.

The authors featured here are Dennis Lehane, Christopher Paul Curtis, Mary Amato, Andre Dubus III, Laura Lippman and Laura Moriarty.

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The Mystery of the Missing E-books

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Internet activist and blogger Art Blodsky posted a timely entry about the value of libraries, and why it is important for  publishers to make all e-books available to libraries.
 

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Laura Moriarty: 'I'm so grateful for libraries and librarians'

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In this interview, author Laura Moriarty said she is grateful to libraries for inspiring her as a writer.

In fact, she said the information she gleaned about orphan trains led to her writing her novel The Chaperone, which is an imaginative recreation of a true-life event, the journey to New York taken by silent film star Louise Brooks and her chaperone - who had been one of the children on an orphan train - in the 1920s.

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Libraries honor our literary heritage

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Libraries promote literacy, and that means also honoring our literary heritage.

The American Library Association, through one of its divisions, United for Libraries, does this by designating Literary Landmarks.

More than 120 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries.

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Kids Vote @ your library

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Election Day is important to adults; it is a time when we choose leaders that will make important decisions that will affect us and our families. But how do we help teach children and teens about the importance of civic engagement?

Your local library is a good place to start. Libraries have long been referred to as the cornerstone of democracy, due to their role in providing free and equal access to information to all people. 

Here are a few election-day programs that will be taking place in libraries across the country: 

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