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2011 State of America’s Libraries — ALA Releases Annual Report

April 2011

From ALA: “Library trends of the past year are detailed in the State of America’s Libraries, 2011, released during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011, by the American Library Association. Even as budget-cutters take aim at libraries and their services, more than two-thirds of the 1,000-plus adults contacted in a survey in January said that …

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Watchmen Who Knew?

March 2009

In an alternate history, as the United States and the Soviet Union teeter on the edge of a nuclear war and being a superhero is illegal, who will save the world? Enter the Watchmen… As graphic novel readers and teen librarians know, Watchmen delivers a complex plot that goes far beyond deconstructing the idea of …

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Who Knew?… Twilight Fun Facts

November 2008

In recognition of the highly anticipated Twilight film, here are some fun facts about the series. Twilight is the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan, who moves to a small town in Washington State and falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. Published in 2005, the book was followed by New Moon in 2006 …

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Who Knew?… Summer Reading Fun Facts

June 2008

Summer reading programs are an integral part of public library culture, and many libraries strive to serve all ages including children, young adults, and adults. Some fun facts about summer reading include: • In the summer of 2007, nearly 205,000 Colorado children participated in summer reading at their public library. In fact, over the past …

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Who Knew? National Library Week

April 2008

National Library Week is observed each year in April, generally the second full week. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of National Library Week. The 2008 theme for National Library Week is “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.” Julie Andrews is the official voice for National Library Week 2008. Check out her Public …

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Who Knew? National Poetry Month

April 2008

The United States Library of Congress is in charge of appointing the national Poet Laureate. This tradition began in the U.S. in 1937. The current Poet Laureate is Charles Simic . You can read his poem “At the Library” here. Literacy Through Poetry gives graduate students and elementary students an opportunity to communicate and learn …

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Who Knew – Fun Facts about Football and Literacy

January 2008

In the spirit of this weekend’s Super Bowl, we have collected resources relating how football is being used to promote literacy around the globe. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) reports that enterprising librarians at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) are using fantasy football to teach information literacy. “Fantasy football sessions created the …

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Who Knew – Books and the holidays

December 2007

Publisher is matching donations — a new book for each dollar given — at First Book through December 31st. Every dollar donated through Dec. 31 to First Book will be matched by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing with an entire book, up to a million new books. First Book is a nonprofit organization that gives …

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Who Knew – Literacy and Reading Habits

November 2007

The British journal Education reported on results from the Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO. Their review of the research indicates that 15 year-old girls in all 43 countries surveyed are surpassing their male counterparts in literacy. Source: Girls out-read boys …

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