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The Peace Center - Baltimore, MD

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The journey began two years ago when Hannah Pickworth and Cindy Woodruff, school librarians from Baltimore, MD, attended a conference sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Inspired by an exhibit entitled Hello, Dear Enemy, Books on Tolerance and Peace and an accompanying presentation on the collection’s founder, Jella Lepman, they set out to create a center devoted to collecting and sharing books and curriculum materials that highlight the themes of peace and social justice. The recently opened Peace Study Center, a nonprofit organization located in Baltimore, is the result of their efforts.

New Orleans Libraries, Rebuilding from Katrina

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The New Orleans Public Library, founded in 1896, is the second oldest library in Louisiana. Governed by a nine-member board, NOPL currently operates 14 facilities including a main library located in the Central Business District, across from City Hall. Its mission is to inspire the individual and enrich the community through access to information, resources, technology and programming that is delivered by knowledgeable and creative staff. NOPL serves the 343,829 residents of New Orleans, a city still focused on recovery, as well as improving schools, reducing the high school dropout rate and increasing the literacy level of elementary age children. 

Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama

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This year's Mother's day saw the 8th annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama, which took place at Laguna Niguel Skatepark and almost $1,000 was raised.

Mama Skate-O-Rama was created by Barb Odanaka who was looking for a unique way to celebrate the publication of her first children's book, Skateboard Mom, in spring 2004. She thought it would be fun to have a Mother's Day skateboard party, and figured she might track down four or five willing participants.

Bobby Norfolk entertains patrons at Kirkwood Public Library with lively Ragtime performance

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On a chilly January afternoon, more than 170 patrons of Kirkwood Public Library enjoyed Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk’s performance of Scott Joplin, the Ragtime King. Through stories and music, Norfolk chronicled the life of composer and musician, Scott Joplin from his humble beginnings in Texarkana, Texas through his adult life in the early twentieth century.

"Rediscovering Emma" Display @ the Hawaii State Library

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An exhibit entitled Rediscovering Emma, which presents the life and work of Emma K. Metcalf Beckley Nakuina, a Hawaiian intellectual of the last century, is currently on display through June 2008 at the Hawaii State Library. Funded by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, this exhibit may be viewed in the First Floor Reading Room during normal library hours.

The Rowayton Library: A Renovation Fairy Tale

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Once upon a time, there was a little library. . . Well, actually, the time was 1903 when a group of public-spirited citizens organized a little library and housed it in a room in Craw’s Hall at 101 Rowayton Avenue. This little library opened with just $154, a three month loan of 100 books from the state - to be faithfully exchanged monthly after that - and 25 books from the Bodley Book Club.

The Venerable Mill Library of Willimantic (Now Windham), Connecticut

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Growing up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, I had a favorite librarian. Phyllis had noticed I devoured books about horses and suggested a new title. “You’ll love how imaginative it is,” she promised. The horse and rider characters spoke animatedly to each other once they entered the enchanted forest, kind of like the Christmas miracle of the barn animals talking at midnight. Stupid, stupid! (I had yet to discover Charlotte’s Web.) My focus was the real world. I was going to be a famous artist when I grew up—or a cowgirl. I wanted to draw life as it really was, just like in the original illustrations and stories of Will James’s Smokey the Cow Horse, 1927 Newbery Medal winner. I had discovered a forgotten shelf of his western tales, so beloved by an earlier generation, and was working my way through them. I read them as fast as I could pore over illustrations so vivid and exciting that my senses tingled.

Reading Assistant Dog Available at Library

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Miss Hattie, a registered reading education assistance dog (R.E.A.D.), will be available for children to read to her during the remainder of the 2007-08 academic year at White Mountain Library.

Vicki Riley, Head of Youth Services, said “we met Miss Hattie this summer and she is so sweet and patient with our patrons.” She says students are invited to register to read to Miss Hattie during the next five months and can read multiple times during that period.

Queens Library at Whitestone

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Queens Library at Whitestone has offered free public library service and enriched the lives of northern Queens residents for just over a century. The ninth and last of the borough’s private libraries for members, the Library of the Social League of Whitestone, turned over its subscription library collection to Queens Library on May 1, 1907. It had fewer than 900 volumes in “a very small and uncomfortable room” before moving to a woodframe building early in 1908. The current location is the library’s fourth since 1970.

Queens Library at Richmond Hill: Experience the Grandeur of the Past and Enjoy the Present

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Richmond Hill was one of the city’s first planned garden communities in the 19th century. In 1869, New York attorney Albon Platt Man purchased the Lefferts and Wellings Farms in West Jamaica, envisioning a garden spot and refuge from city life in Manhattan, which he named Richmond Hill. In the 30 years that followed, Richmond Hill slowly developed into a community, with a post office, a police force, and stores. In 1898, the village of Richmond Hill became part of New York City.

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