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Holiday feasts @ your library

CHICAGO — The holiday season can be stressful. Adding to the stress is the concern of cooking a large meal that all family and friends, including those with dietary restrictions, can enjoy.

Winter break @ your library

CHICAGO — Kids, tweens and teens are counting down the days until winter break and looking forward to two weeks without school.  While part of the vacation will be taken up with family celebration, two weeks can lead to a lot of free time. Below are just a few ideas of how libraries are planning something for everyone this winter break.

Caroline Kennedy named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2013

CHICAGO — Caroline Kennedy has been named the 2013 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013), according to the American Library Association. During National Library Week and throughout the month of April, libraries of all types—public, school, academic and special-- hold special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in American society and encourage the public to use their resources.

Gaming connects communities @ your library

Read, learn, play during International Games Day Nov. 3

CHICAGO – On Saturday, Nov. 3, more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s fifth annual International Games Day @ your library. The event aims to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.

2012 Step Up to the Plate @ your library grand prize winner announced

CHICAGO — Stuart Wolf, a Wilmette (Ill.) Public Library patron, has won the grand prize in the 2012 Step Up to the Plate @ your library program. 

Stuart Wolf's father and son will join him on a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. at the end of October for a once-in-a-lifetime behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan receives Greenaway Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship

STURBRIDGE, Mass. – American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan is the 2012 recipient of the New England Library Association’s (NELA) Emerson Greenaway Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship in recognition of Sullivan’s diligent library advocacy efforts.

NaNoWriMo @ your library

CHICAGO — Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

National Novel Writing Month is a creative writing project whose goal is to get people of all ages to try to write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of November.

International Games Day publicity tools encourage all to read, laugh, play @ your library

CHICAGO — With International Games Day @ your library just around the corner (Saturday, Nov. 3), the American Library Association (ALA) is offering free publicity resources to help libraries of all types publicize their local activities.

Librarians can find the free publicity tools online, including logos and other downloadable artwork, sample press release, letter to the editor, customizable PSA scripts and post cards.

Fall into autumn @ your library

CHICAGO — With students immersed in the school year and the cooler temperatures, the library is the place to check out both academic and extracurricular indoor programs this fall.

Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing when it comes to fall programming at their libraries.

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