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Marie Lu: 'I used to grow up in libraries'

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Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy series, said in this interview, that she used to sit in the library every afternoon following school and absorb herself in books.

Lu, who came to the United States from China, said she didn't have a lot of money to spend on book as a kid. The library, she said, had the books she needed to learn to read.

Today, she regularly visits the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library.

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This September, Your Library Card is Valuable Because...

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Sam from Illinois with his first library card

As your kids head back to school this month, make sure that they have the most important school supply of all – a library card!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, an annual reminder for parents, children and teens that owning a library card is a key component when it comes to academic success.

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Gerald Chertavian: 'I consistently sought refuge in the stacks'

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Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO of A Year Up, shares his love of libraries in this video interview.

A Year Up is a non-profit organization that "seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education."

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A Library of the Mind: Underground New York Public Library

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partial screenshot from New York Underground collection

Libraries have the power to inspire.

That power generates a metaphorical force so strong that, in one case, it has led one New York photographer to create her own library through pictures she shares on an increasingly popular blog.

The Underground New York Public Library is not a real library. It describes itself as "a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways."

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Laura Dave: 'No one should be the arbiter of what we're reading and what we're not reading'

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In this interview, author Laura Dave remembers how regular visits to the library helped foster her love of reading.

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Melissa de la Cruz: 'All I did was read books in libraries'

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 In this interview, author Melissa de la Cruz talks about the importance of libraries in her life after she arrived in the United States from the Philippines at age 13.

She mentioned that public libraries do not have the same status in the Philippines as they do in the United States.

She said her father was amazed when they visited their local library for the first time.

"He could not believe that Americans would let you borrow them," she said.

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Margaret Dilloway: 'It's not just the books'

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In this interview, author Margaret Dilloway discusses the importance of libraries in her life, not just because they have books, but also because they offer so much more.

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The Magic of Studio Ghibli @ your library

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book cover: Spirited Away

Summer is practically synonymous with big blockbuster movies.

Recently, children, teens and parents in Chicago were treated to a special selection of Studio Ghibli movies at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  While the titles they showed may not have been blockbusters in the United States, they certainly are in their home country of Japan.

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Ridley Pearson: 'Without libraries I couldn't have written my first book'

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This week’s video at atyourlibrary.org features New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson, writer of suspense and thrillers for adults and children’s adventure books.

His works include a series set inside Disney theme parks called The Kingdom Keepers. He has also been a member of a rock group consisting of published authors, The Rock Bottom Remainders.

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Echoes of the 1972 Summer Olympics

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  Photo of Israeli hostages Kehat Shorr and Andre Spitzer durng the events lead

In the midst of this year's celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the presence of an earlier summer games looms in the background.

And while the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich has hardly overshadowed this year’s celebration, it still has managed to exert a distracting and even disturbing influence over the proceedings.

The significance of the 1972 games has not been lost on librarians.

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