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Representative Robert Garcia and a copy of Superman no. 1

Lawmaker Sworn Into Congress on Superman Comic

How cool is this? Representative Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) was sworn in to Congress earlier this month on the Constitution, with a copy of the first Superman comic—on loan from the Library of Congress (LC)—tucked underneath (along with a photo of the Peru-born lawmaker’s parents and his citizenship certificate). Garcia is a lifelong Superman fan. “I …

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Ghosts in the Stacks

Books flying off shelves. Strange sounds emanating from nowhere. Sudden temperature changes in hallways and back rooms. Spectral figures floating through the stacks.  If your library is experiencing any of the above phenomena it just may be haunted! And it won’t be alone. There are many supposedly haunted libraries throughout the United States. It’s not …

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Halloween Frights (and More) From the Library of Congress

Halloween season is upon us. (Finally!) We love this time of the year here at I Love Libraries—the month-long horror-movie marathons, the costume parties, the scary (and often cheesy) haunted houses, sharing ghost stories with friends and family, chowing down on all sorts of candy and treats, and the decorations. Especially the decorations. Halloween allows …

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Spider-Man Library Card

NYPL’s Spider-Man Library Cards Are Super

Spider-Man is returning to the library! New York Public Library (NYPL) has partnered with Marvel Entertainment on a brand-new library card design to encourage new and existing patrons to explore all that the library has to offer, featuring classic images from Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. Collider writes: “Following the New …

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Lizzo

“History is freaking cool you guys!” Lizzo Brings History to Life with James Madison’s Flute

It was history more than 200 years in the making. While performing her Tuesday night set on “The Special Tour” in Washington, D.C., superstar performer and classically trained flautist Lizzo treated fans to a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle: playing a crystal flute owned by former U.S. President James Madison that is currently held by the Library of …

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Spider-Man slings into the library

Spider-Man Slings into Another Library Adventure

Marvel Comics recently celebrated an incredible milestone when it published its landmark 900th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the hero’s first appearance in the comics, and it’s one for the books! In the extra-special story, “Better Late than Never!”, Peter Parker eagerly slings into New York Public Library …

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Marcel on the Big Screen: A Conversation with Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp

Marcel the one-inch-tall shell became an internet sensation in a 2010 stop-motion animated short by director Dean Fleischer Camp and writer/actress Jenny Slate. Sequels and picture books followed, and now Marcel (voiced by Slate) is hitting the big screen—and an American Library Association (ALA) READ poster—in Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, a delightful film …

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A Registry of Historic Tunes

What do Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Journey, Linda Ronstadt, A Tribe Called Quest, Bonnie Raitt, Wu-Tang Clan, Queen, and Buena Vista Social Club all have in common, besides comprising an awesome hypothetical mixtape perfect for summertime listening? Each of these artists has work that was inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of …

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