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Sapphire: Cutting libraries is a 'tragic mistake'

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In this interview, author, poet and performer Sapphire speaks up for libraries and against cutting library budgets.

“Cutting money from places that could be nurturing and healing and developing young people is just a big mistake. It’s a tragic mistake.”

During the interview, she recalls her mother taking her to the library every week, where they checked out the maximum number of books.

“This is where I got my books.”

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Picture Book Month @ your library

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book cover: Alligator Baby

We all have fond memories of reading picture books as children, either with parents curled up on the couch or before bed, by teachers in elementary school, or during library story times. Share the love of picture books with your children this November: Picture Book Month!

Before you hit the library, check out what librarians across the country say are their favorite picture books.  Below are more than 30 recommendations, so you can check out a new book for every day of the month.

 

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Margarita Engle: 'I just can't imagine living without libraries'

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In this interview, author Margarita Engle credits libraries with shaping her as a writer.

She said her mother took her to the library at least once a week. Not only did she read books in the children’s section, but she also explored the travel section.

“It opened me up to wanting to explore the world,” she said.

As a writer, she uses libraries constantly, especially relying on interlibrary loans.

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Pew Releases New Study of Reading and Library Habits of Young Americans

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Teen using e-reader at Myrtle Grove Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina.

More than eight in ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library, according to a just released Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

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Spooky reads @ your library

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Book cover: The Ghost of Graylock

There’s nothing like curling up with a book on a cool rainy afternoon in October.

Get in the Halloween spirit with your family and snuggle up while you check out these Booklist Online recommended Halloween reads.

The Boo! Book
By Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli
K-Grade 2

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It's a Good Week to 'Friend' Your Library

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Buttons: Friend your library; I'm a library friend.

If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, it's a good time to consider joining. This week marks the seventh annual National Friends of Libraries Week.

Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country.  

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Daniel Suarez: 'It just fostered a deeper love of books'

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Daniel Suarez, author of Kill Decision, said libraries helped to foster his love of reading, particularly when he was an English literature student at the University of Delaware, where he worked in a job that put him in contact with librarians.

“I think that’s probably the one thing that all librarians have is a love of books,” he said. “And I have that as well. I have a fondness for them.”

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Libraries Host Debate Parties

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Screenshot: 2012 Presidential debate (Obama and Romney)

Libraries do a lot to promote Democracy, hosting citizenship classes and even naturalization ceremonies.

They also promote Democracy by defending intellectual freedom.

Lately, with Americans riveted by the presidential and vice-presidential debates, libraries have welcomed patrons who wish to view the debates in the company of other library users. They are also encouraging discussion of the issues.

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Teens' Top Ten 2012 @ your library

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Teens Top Ten YALSA

When it comes to helping your teens find quality books that they are sure to enjoy, why not consider going to the source?

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens.

 

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Alan Sitomer: "The beauty is they're free"

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In this video, author and teacher Alan Sitomer extols the virtues of libraries, using his own experience as an example.

“When I walk into a library, I recall the fact that books saved me,” he says, explaining that he had a troubled childhood.

“The library was the place where I found … safety from the chaos of my world. I found inspiration and hope.”

He says he still enjoys his library, marveling at the fact that the books are free.

“Probably the best bargain I have going on in my life right now,” he said.

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