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#AtoZChallenge: Library Week

   

  

This week is National Library Week, which raises awareness of what libraries offer patrons other than books. The American Library Association, which create this event gives a great description of what libraries have to offer.

Today’s libraries are more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

I have always supported libraries and those that work there, especially during National Library Week.   Today, we celebrate Library Workers Day.  This it is a great opportunity to nominate your favorite Library Worker or stop by your local library and just say thank you for all they do for you and the community.

  

So right now I want to take this opportunity to thanks all of the Librarians and the Library staff from Libraries not only here in the United States, but around the world! 

  

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Libraries

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Libraries

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Today starts National Library Week and I thought I would celebrate this by showing some of my favorite libraries.

Library in the Beast’s Castle from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Animated Movie and Broadway Musical

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The Beast’s Library at Disney’s Californian Adventure

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The library in Hallow Bastion from the video game Kingdom Hearts

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Hogwart’s School Library from the Harry Potter film series

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The Jedi Archives from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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The Library from Doctor Who

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Storybrooke Library from Once Upon A Time

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I am a guest on the SFRBrigade Blog

Hi everyone! I have been busy with some personal things and have not had much of a chance to update this blog. I plan on posting a few of the articles I meant to post in November within a few days including my review of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary specials.

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In the meantime, it my honor today to be a guest at the SFRBrigade blog. You can check this article out here!

Highlights in Fandom History – September

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – September

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of September for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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Picture from Wired.com

September 2, 1969: The First ATM Machine opens for business. Where would any of us who attend cons be without the good old ATM machine, huh?

Television:

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September 13, 1990: Law & Order premieres. My Mom was a big fan of this series!

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September 26, 1969: The Brady Bunch premieres

Movies:

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September 9, 1939: A surprise preview of the movie adaptation of the novel Gone With The Wind is shown in Hollywood, CA.

Literature:

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September 30, 1868: The First Volume of Little Women is published.

Disney:

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September 18, 1928: Walt Disney’s patent application for Mickey Mouse is granted.

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September 19, 1989: The Library of Congress selects the animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be placed on The National Film Registry.

Anime:

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September 20, 2002: The Oscar Winning Anime film, Spirited Away, by Miyazaki is released in the U.S.

#AtoZChallenge Librarians, Beyond the Stereotypes

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A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Librarians, Beyond the Stereotypes

A common belief in the general public, especially in North America, is that librarians have the following characteristics or stereotypes:
1) Quiet
2) Mean or Stern
3) Single/Unmarried
4) Stuffy
5) In Glasses

Like the definition for “fangirl” that I mentioned in a previous post, a “librarian” can have many different characteristics than the stereotypes listed above. There are many of those who are educated in the library sciences, both male and female, that can label themselves as “librarians”, even if they never worked in a library for one reason or another. I am one of those who were educated in the library sciences, but have not been fortunate enough to work in a traditional library setting. This is part of the reason I created this blog, I wanted to go beyond the stereotypes, not only in my fandom, but in my chosen profession as well. Therefore, as a self-proclaimed fangirl, I am always on the lookout for fictional characters that go beyond these stereotypes including those that can save the world. Fortunately, there are several of these fictional “librarians” including:

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Name: Barbara Gordon aka “Batgirl
From: Batman Franchise
Characteristics: Has a PhD in Library Science, fights crime, has exceptional computer skills and may have glasses, but only uses it as part of her every day disguise.

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Name: Yomiko Readman aka “The Paper”
From: Read or Die Franchise
Characteristics: Can bend and manipulate paper into a variety of shapes including bulletproof shields and durable weapons. She is obsessed with books, but also fights evil and saves the world.

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Name: Rupert Giles aka “Watcher”
From: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Franchise
Characteristics: Not only a male school librarian, but has a side job training and fighting with Buffy Summers, The Slayer, against many evil creatures who want to destroy the world!

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Name: Flynn Carsen aka “The Librarian”
From: The Librarian TV Movie Franchise
Characteristics: Another male librarian, who is an awesome translator, a keeper and acquirer of ancient artifacts and can fight the bad guys like Indiana Jones!

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Name: Jedi Master Jocasta Nu
From: Star Wars Franchise
Characteristics: She may be the closest to the stereotype when she appeared in Star Wars: Episode II, but when she appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV Series she is seen wielding a lightsaber!

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