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The ‘Rock Star’ Librarians Who Choose What Your Kids Read 

“Most kids don’t know who John Schumacher is. But their librarians do. “He’s a rock star in the library world,” said Kim Sigle, a librarian at Lake Anne Elementary School in Reston, Va., who recently hosted Mr. Schumacher for a reading event for roughly 500 students. She “won” the former grade-school librarian in a lottery after taking a picture of herself with a life-size cardboard cutout of him and posting the shot on Twitter, competing with dozens of other librarians who did the same.” (via WSJ)

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By the book: Empty school libraries get new resources, staff

“The magic of books has returned to Jack Yates High School.The school’s once-depleted library shelves are filled with novels, nonfiction, games and gadgets. Students gather to answer questions about books they’ve read as part of a campus quiz show they invented.It’s enough to bring tears to the eyes of Houston school Trustee Jolanda Jones.”Libraries are what kept me sane when I was little,” Jones said at the Yates media center rededication last week, her voice cracking with emotion. “I couldn’t afford to travel and I couldn’t go any place. And I just want for kids to appreciate books like I appreciate books. (via Houston Chronicle)

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National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books

“The National Library of Israel has acquired what has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts ever assembled. Compiled by collector Jack V. Lunzer over more than six decades, and stored at his home in London, it became known as the Valmadonna Trust Library, a reference to the Italian town that Mr. Lunzer’s family has long been associated with. The collection comprises more than 10,000 items that “chart the spread of Hebrew printing and the global dissemination of Jewish culture,” the National Library of Israel said in a statement.” (via The New York Times)

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A nationwide effort launches to turn ‘book deserts’ into literary oases

“The National Book Foundation is teaming up with publishers and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education to make “book deserts” a thing of the past.The literary organization, best known for presenting the annual National Book Awards, joined its partners Thursday announcing the Book Rich Environment Initiative, which will donate books to residents of public housing nationwide.” (via LA Times)

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A Legacy of Botanical Art and Books

“The late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was half of one of the nation’s most renowned philanthropic art-collecting couples. She and her husband, banking scion Paul Mellon, were major benefactors behind museums such as the National Gallery of Art. Their personal collection overflowed with masterpieces.Still, one of her most profound sources of beauty involved digging in the dirt.” (via WSJ)

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