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Karen Thompson Walker: 'Incredibly Inspiring'

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In this video, Karen Thompson Walker shares her thoughts about how the library provided a space where she could develop her skills as a writer.

Walker says she has fond memories of her school library, but some of her favorite memories are from her later years, when she moved to New York. That is where she discovered the New York Public Library.

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Libraries at the Center of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Controversy

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Book cover: Fifty Shades of Grey

Libraries are sensitive to the demands of their customers.

This has been especially evident during the controversy involving the romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

The steamy novel by E. L. James, which has been dubbed "mommy porn," catapulted to No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

So it was no surprise that the demand from library customers was high.

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Sue Macy: 'The library is the community center'

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In this video interview, author Sue Macy credits libraries with pointing her toward a career as a writer. She remembers going to the adult section of her library when she was a child and looking at books about the writers’ market.

“It was my inspiration for wanting to be a writer,” she said, adding that the library was a place to find the non-fiction books she loved. She said she wrote much of “Wheels of Change” at the library, where she was forced to work during a blackout in her area.

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Cute creatures @ your library

For kids that love animals, the zoo or aquarium is a great way to spend a day out; the family can learn together and have fun.  Not every town has a zoo close by for regular visits, but thanks to a surge in online content from zoos, you and your children can take a virtual zoo visit. 

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Anthony Del Col shares his love of 'Berenstain Bears' and libraries at C2E2

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At this year's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo , C2E2, @ your library's Megan McFarlane met up with Anthony Del Col, co-creator and of the transmedia franchise Kill Shakespeare. Here's what he had to say about to the role libraries and the Berenstain Bears have played in his life.

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Kim Edwards: 'Libraries are Terrific Community Gathering Spaces.'

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In this video interview, author Kim Edwards extols the virtues of small town libraries.

“I had a wonderful public library in the small town that I grew up in, and so I was often there. Once I read through all the books in my house, I was at the library,” she says.

Edwards says she worked in the library as a college student, where she especially relished reshelving the books, because it meant being led to sections in the library she may not have visited.

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Healthy Bodies and Minds @ your library

For many kids facing issues of weight and body image,  judgments from outside influences, like the media and peers, can sting and become internalized. Such was the case with Marshall Reid, a 12-year-old who faced bullying and teasing because of his weight.  But Reid also turned a trying situation into a personal challenge.

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Ron Rash: 'I would risk the fear to go there'

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Author Ron Rash recounts the influence of libraries on his life as a reader and writer in this video.

He remembers being allowed to go to the library alone for the first time in fourth grade. He said the books he loved the most were in the basement and, to get there, he had to pass through the mystery section, which was marked with a skull and crossbones.

Growing up in a rural area, he said, meant that the library was his introduction to new worlds.

He also speaks movingly of the impact of reading "Crime and Punishment."

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Lynda Rutledge: 'It was just a home away from home'

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In this video interview, Lynda Rutledge, author of Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, explains how libraries nurtured her love of reading, introducing her to everything from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Academic library plays a key role in preserving labor history

Libraries play an integral role in preserving important aspects of our culture through their collections.

This can readily be seen in the work shown by one library, the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University.

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