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Joined June 2007
Born April 24

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    In observance of the national day of mourning honoring former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5, all Library buildings will be CLOSED. All public events and services are canceled. The Library will resume normal operations Thursday, Dec. 6.

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  2. Check out U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s new podcast The feat. 5 min of poetry for your ears every weekday. Week 1 included poems by , , & more. Download on your favorite app or listen at .

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  3. Did you get your flu shot yet? No better time than during National Influenza Vaccination Week. Read about early influenza vaccinations in newspaper collections online

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  4. Reminder: Watch LIVE tomorrow: Managing Director Christine deliver the 2018 Kissinger Lecture here at the at 6:30pm, followed by a conversation with CBS .

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  5. Cartoonist Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo" (1911) broke ground in the early days of film animation & is one of 30 great films in 30 days we're celebrating as part of the 30th anniversary of our

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  6. Today in History: Illinois, the "Land of Lincoln" enters the Union, 1818

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  7. Watch as biographer Jon Meacham discusses "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush" at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C

    President George H.W. Bush at his Oval Office desk https://www.loc.gov/item/2018651363/
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  8. It's Joan Crawford vs. Mercedes McCambridge in the noir Western "Johnny Guitar" (1954), one of 30 great films in 30 days we're celebrating as part of the 30th anniversary of our

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  9. Today in History: Enrico Fermi & colleagues create 1st controlled nuclear fission reaction, 1942

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  11. Keeping the world safe for penguins: it’s Antarctica Day! At the height of the Cold War 1959, 12 countries (including the US & the then-USSR) agreed that Antarctica would set aside for peaceful purposes & no military activity

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  12. On Dec. 1, 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for not surrendering her bus seat to a white patron, inspiring protests & a greater civil rights movement. View her papers online:

    https://www.loc.gov/resource/mss85943.001906/?sp=2
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  13. The aliens arrive! We celebrate Stephen Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), one of 30 great films in 30 days in the 30th anniversary of our

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  14. Today in History: Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for keeping her seat on a bus, 1955

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  15. Students in grades 4-12: Read, Be Inspired, Write Back! Our Letters About Literature writing contest is now open! For details, visit

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  16. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith has been recognized by for her travels through America planting the seeds of poetry

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  17. British Prime Minister & leading 20th Century statesman Winston Churchill was born 1874. Our exhibition on Churchill highlighted his special relationship with America & its people

    Winston Churchill aboard ship, 1941 https://www.loc.gov/resource/ppmsca.05407/
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  18. Read all about our new crowdsourcing initiative in this issue of Library Journal

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  19. We're celebrating 30 years of our by looking at a film per year until we announce our 2018 selections. Today: 1964 concert film "The T.A.M.I. Show" featured performances by the Beach Boys, the Supremes, the Rolling Stones & James Brown

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  20. Today in History: great American author & storyteller Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka ) is born, 1835 #hbd#otd

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