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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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A Home Run Collection

Spring is here (finally). Temperatures are rising; the sun is setting later in the evening; flowers are blooming; and a new season of America’s national pastime has started. That’s right: It’s time for some baseball. We’re getting into the spirit with the digital collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, …

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Amy Schneider points to her winning total in tje Jeopardy! show

A Conversation with Jeopardy! Champ Amy Schneider

Amy Schneider is an American software engineer and recent Jeopardy! champion. Following an impressive 40-game winning streak (which ended January 26 when Schneider narrowly lost to Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago Ridge [Ill.] Public Library), she became the most successful woman ever to compete on the show. She is also the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for Jeopardy!’s Tournament of …

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This Is Librarians on Jeopardy!

The internet and game show lovers are abuzz over librarian Rhone Talsma’s victory over trivia ace Amy Schneider on Jeopardy! on Wednesday night. Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Il.) Library, beat the long-running champ when she failed to come up with the correct response to the clue, “The only nation in the world …

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Still from the animated series Welcome to the Wayne featuring librarian Clara Rhone

This Nickelodeon Show Features a Magical Secret Library

by Burkely Hermann What if I told you that there was an all-ages animated series where a special and magnificent library was so central, it even surprised the series creator? There is such a show—Nickelodeon’s Welcome to the Wayne, created by Billy Lopez. It features a library that exemplifies the series’ quirkiness. The role of the library in the show goes …

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