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We love a good reference source...  Thanks to Lifehacker for this great article.  Hopefully, you will find it useful both now and throughout the rest of the year! 

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Time for the Wednesday Reveal! The newest river otter pup at the Oregon Zoo is named Zigzag (Ziggy for short) after the Zigzag River in Oregon. If you need your daily dose of cuteness, just watch the video below. Sophie the river otter, FVRL's mascot,  would definitely approve.

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It's Trivia Tuesday! FVRL’s mascot is a river otter named Sophie. One of Oregon Zoo’s recent baby animals is also a river otter. What’s his name, and why was he named that? (And have you uploaded your Flat Sophie photo yet?)

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Drop Everything And Read!  You heard us. Make good use of the fresh air and natural light.

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Wednesday Reveal time! "The Enchanted April" by Elizabeth Von Arnim ends with this sentence:

“When, on the first of May, everybody went away, even after they had got to the bottom of the hill and passed through the iron gates out into the village they still could smell the acacias.”

Check out the book - or the movie ("Enchanted April") from FVRL!

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It's Trivia Tuesday! Can you name the book which has this last line?

“When, on the first of May, everybody went away, even after they had got to the bottom of the hill and passed through the iron gates out into the village they still could smell the acacias.”

(Hint: It's a book, it's a movie, and it's timely.)
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Time for the Wednesday Reveal! What famous library was burned almost 200 years ago? The Library of Congress, burned by the British when they captured Washington DC on August 24, 1814. (This was during the War of 1812. Remember Dolley Madison removing George Washington’s portrait from its frame so she could save it from the British? This was the same day.)

The following year, after America had won the war, Congress purchased the bulk of Thomas Jefferson’s book collection to replace the 5000 burned volumes of the Library of Congress. And the Library of Congress was rebuilt – only to suffer another fire in 1851. The current, fireproof Library of Congress  was opened in 1853.

Photo caption: The entrance to the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., United States of America, North America

Credit: Martin Child / Robert Harding World Imagery / Universal Images Group 
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It’s Trivia Tuesday! Almost 200 years ago, an infamous library burning took place.

What library was it? Who burned it? And whose library was purchased to replace the burned books?

Caption (now that the reveal has happened): Illustration of British soldiers burning books in piles within the U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., circa 1814

Credit: Kean Collection / Getty Images / Universal Images Group 
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Today is the final day to submit your entries for the Summer Reading Bookmark Contest.  Don't miss out!

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Maybe you remember the days when library cards were paper, not plastic?  Even if you don't, you will probably get a kick out of these vintage library cards.
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