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National Book Award Finalists Announced

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This week, the National Book Foundation announced the 2012 National Book Awards.

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Elizabeth Percer: 'It's really the place where we get to find common ground as a family'

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In this video, Elizabeth Percer, author of An Uncommon Education, remembers the elementary school library as the only place she was comfortable in, other than the art room, and her school librarian as key to the enjoyment of her educational experience.

“She made school far more interesting for me than any standard teacher could, because she really just let me go and explore.”

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Speak out and Read out: Celebrate Banned Books Week

Celebrate your family's right to read by taking part in the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out.

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Voices for Intellectual Freedom

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Bill Moyers Calls Out Book Censors for Banned Books Week

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Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.

Both Bill and Judith Davidson Moyers are Honorary Co-Chairs of this year’s celebration Sept. 30 – Oct. 6.

In a video essay titled "The Bane of Banned Books,” Moyers talks about how libraries provided his first opportunity to indulge his love of reading and learning, and shares his dismay over efforts to remove books from schools and libraries in modern times.

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Steve Sheinkin:'I use it like an office sometimes'

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In this interview, Steve Sheinkin recalls his early experiences at the library, where he was inspired by reading such books as Mutiny on the Bounty.

He still enjoys going to the library, where "to this day I love finding books I didn't expect to find."

Sheinkin is the author of the Rabbi Harvey series of graphic novels.

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Keep Your Kids Creative

We all like to relax and unwind at the end of the day, and children and teens are no different. Statistics show that children under 6 watch about 2 hours of TV a day, while children and teens between the ages of 8 to 18 watch about 4 hours, with an additional 2 hours spend playing video games or surfing the Internet.

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¡Celebremos! @ your library

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¡Celebremos! Let’s celebrate!

It is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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Ally Condie:'I know how essential those school libraries are'

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Ally Condie, author of the Matched trilogy discusses the importance of school libraries in this interview.

She remembers her own school librarian fondly.

"I really liked our school librarian," she said. "The school librarian let me come after lunch and read books in the library, even though I wasn't supposed to be in there."

Today, she said, takes her children to the public library in Provo, Utah, where they enjoy storytelling events.

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The Star Spangled Banner @ your library

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September 14 marks the 198th anniversary of the writing of America’s national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." Did you know that "The Star Spangled Banner" did not become the official national anthem until 1931? Or that it has four verses? No?

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