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Milanof-Schock Library Celebrates 20 Years with a Birthday Bash!

Milanof-Schock Library's Birthday Bash

And the community is invited!

Milanof-Schock Library is celebrating 20 years of community service at its current location, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road in Mount Joy. The success of the Library would not be possible without the need shown by residents of Mount Joy and the surrounding communities, so as a big thank you, this 20th Birthday Bash will be free to the public!   The event will be held on the Library’s grounds on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, rain or shine.

The festivities of the day will be sponsored by Lanco Federal Credit Union and will include a variety of games, entertainment, and activities for all ages. There will be arcade-style games, raffles, live music & shows, balloon animals & face-painting!  Take a short ride in a vintage Model A, touch-a-truck or two, and enjoy live demonstrations of twirlers from Paula’s School of Baton and martial arts students from REYS! There will be a variety of food vendors offering treats from snow cones to burgers and fries; there is a cost for food from individual vendors, but everything else at the event is free.

Other event sponsors are J. B. Hostetter’s True Value, Giant Food Stores, the Friends of the Library and the Boy Scouts of Troup 39.

Milanof-Schock Library was dedicated in May of 1999.  It was named “Milanof-Schock” after devoted library volunteer Anne Milanof, who donated a substantial amount of money to the Library’s building fund after her death, and Clarence Schock, Mount Joy resident and founder of The SICO Company, whose foundation awarded the Library a generous amount of money in his honor.   Members of the 1999 Library Board of Directors and members of the Building Committee have been invited to the Birthday Bash and will be recognized during the event kickoff. Sandy Heisey, who performed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, will also be at the celebration to sing for the community.

When Milanof-Schock Library opened its door in 1999, they offered approximately 12,000 items for circulation.   Today, the Library offers more than 50,000 items, including books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, music, and early-learning resources for children.   Library card holders (cards are free!) can also access thousands of Ebooks online!   The Library has 6 public computers and free wifi service, and it offers a photocopy and scanning center for a small fee per page.   Need a passport?   The Library offers services by appointment.

After 20 years, the Library remains, as Director Barbara Basile likes to say, “the community’s living room.”   It’s still as relevant today as it was back then. As long as there are communities, there will be libraries. And spread the word…the Library is more than just books!

Please visit the Library’s website for information. www.mslibrary.org.

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Manheim Community Library Brings Back Popular Teen Chopped Challenge

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Food Chopped

The Manheim Community Library is pleased to announce the return of Teen Chopped Challenge. Introduced last year as part of the Summer Reading Program, the program was an instant hit.

On June 25 and August 6, teens ages 11-18 will compete in a food preparation challenge similar to the popular Food Network television show. Each participant (or team) will be given a paper bag full of food items. They will be given an hour to prepare an appetizer, main course, or dessert. A panel of judges will then taste and rate each dish. Bring a bowl, measuring cup, mixing spoon and your culinary creativity! Spectators are welcome.

“It’s time to get creative with some very odd ingredients. Last year’s Spam and Jolly Rancher entrees were very tasty!” said Youth Librarian Colleen Gergely. “I can’t wait to see what our teens cook up this summer.”

Teen Central at 15 S. Wolf Street is once again hosting the challenge.  This year, Manheim Community Library is pleased to partner with Giant Food Stores as sponsor of the program.

Teens can register online at manheimlibrary.org.  Space is limited.

For more information, contact:
Alissa Booth, Community Relations Coordinator
717-665-6700
abooth@manheimlibrary.org

ABOUT MANHEIM COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Manheim Community Library provides a place for our community (Manheim Borough, Penn township and Rapho Township) to turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. We strive to maintain a varied collection of resources to benefit persons of all ages and abilities.

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Lititz Public Library ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration

 

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Lititz Library exterior

Lititz Public Library ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 8th
Children’s Activities: 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Community Celebration: 12:00 Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Come help us celebrate the library’s 20th anniversary! Lots of fun activities!
Children’s Activities:  Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balloon artist, face painting and popcorn.
Community Activities: Opening of the time capsule, library history photo display

Anniversary Concert: Moonlighters Big Band
1:00 – 2:30 pm
(Please pre-register for this free concert)

The Moonlighters Big Band is based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Most band members are from Lititz and the surrounding communities and range in age from their 20s to their 80s. The ensemble’s library includes tunes from the great big band leaders of the 1930s, 1940s, and other eras—such as Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Les Brown, Harry James, and many more—and has adopted Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” as its signature theme song.       Must Pre-Register.   Call the Library 717-626-2255!

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The Manheim Township Public Library to open their “Children’s Discovery Patio”!

Manheim Township Public Library

Public is invited to attend!

The Manheim Township Public Library will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their new “Children’s Discovery Patio”.  The public is invited to attend the event that will take place on June 22 at 12:00 noon at the Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Donor representatives for the new resource will assist in officiating the grand opening.  The generosity of the following donors is appreciated: Lois Morgan, Luci Steele, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Manheim Township Lions Club, Four Seasons Gardening Club, and Dallas Data Systems.

The addition of a fence along the patio outside the Children’s Library make it an ideal location for a Children’s Discovery Patio.  This is a space for families to explore nature through hands-on activities.  The Children’s Discovery Patio will have various equipment and materials that allow children to explore and learn about their natural surroundings.  There is a sorting table where children learn to sort items based on size, shape, or color, for example.  Additionally, the library will include a picnic table and places for parents to sit and watch their children.

Library Director Joyce Sands, who is very enthusiastic about the project, states, “To make our library even more exciting for the children, we want to offer programs and learning opportunities not only inside the library – but outside too!”

Youth librarians are developing “Discovery Boxes and Nature Explorer Bags” with learning materials that can be brought out to the patio to support children’s learning.  The boxes will contain books about nature and other programming supplies.  The bags are for the children and will contain a small magnifying glass, a bug jar, bird and insect identification books, etc. to support children’s learning about nature.

Finally, there are plans to offer some story hours outdoors in the Children’s Discovery Patio in the summer and fall.  The Library has a naturalist on staff in the Library’s Youth Services Department who will be presenting these children’s programs.

Those planning to attend, please RSVP to Bonnie Young, 717-560-6441 ext. 320 or byoung@mtpl.info.

 

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Public Libraries of Lancaster County announce Summer Fitness Quest!

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New Initiative for Junior Readers Ages 5 – 9

Each summer Lancaster County’s youth are invited to participate in their Public Library’s Summer Reading program that will enhance their summer learning through reading and attending special events. This year Public Librarians are offering an extra component for young children ages 5-9 to extend their learning beyond the library by participating in the Summer Fitness Quest!

Summer Fitness Quest is a get outside physical activity program to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle of youth and family members. Beginning Saturday June 1, 2019, Libraries will have Summer Fitness Quest Booklets to extend learning and instill young children (ages 5-9) with an appreciation for the outdoors.  The program supports free opportunities for children and adults to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of Lancaster County parks, trails, and Conservancy Nature Preserves.  Locations of these outdoor places are divided into 5 areas: Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western areas of the County.

To participate in The Summer Fitness Quest, youth are instructed to visit any combination of at least five parks, trails, or preserve locations listed in the Booklet.  While visiting the locations, they are encouraged to try healthy yoga poses, and stay nutritionally fueled! Children, youth, and adults will benefit with a healthy “nature prescription” of being outdoors and moving around!

Booklets are available until supplies last.  The Summer Fitness Quest runs until Saturday, August 10, 2019.  Prizes for participating are available until supplies last.

To instill one’s appreciation of nature, and support a youth’s curiosity about the natural world, local public libraries will have Nature Explorer Bags for loan. Take one on a hike, look for bugs or identify trees with the helpful guides inside the bags. Discover and learn more while enjoying the beauty of our local habitats.

Partners in the program include Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Giant Food Stores, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster County Conservancy, and the Lancaster Recreation Commission.

 

 

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Lancaster County’s Public Libraries and the Bookmobile to launch 2019 Summer Reading Program!

A Universe of Stories--The 2019 Summer Reading theme

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile present this year’s Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”.   The 2019 countywide reading program begins June 1 and will run until August 10, 2019.   It is open to young people, infants through young adult. Reading Program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).   Library events include science and engineering experiments, shows about Charles Lindbergh, 50th Anniversary of the Apollo launch, youth book clubs, live animals, mini-chef activities, music and the arts.

Summer Fitness Quest LogoNew this year!   Summer Fitness Quest

It’s a Get Outside physical activity program to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle of youth and family members. Beginning Sat. June 1, 2019, Libraries will have Summer Fitness Quest Booklets to extend the learning, and instill young children (ages 5-9) with an appreciation for the outdoors. The program supports free opportunities for children and adults to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of Lancaster County parks, trails, and Conservancy Nature Preserves. Locations of these outdoor places are divided into 5 areas: Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western.

The Summer Fitness Quest instructions are that youth visit at least five (any combination of) parks, trails, or preserve locations listed in the Booklet. While visiting they’re encouraged to try healthy yoga poses, and stay nutritionally fueled! Children, youth, and adults will benefit with a healthy “nature prescription” of being outdoors and moving around!

Partners in the program include Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Giant Food Stores, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster County Conservancy, and Lancaster Recreation Commission.

The Summer Reading Program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards. Educational studies have shown that a public library’s  Summer Reading Program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’.

For more information, call your local public library or visit our website,
http://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/youth/summer-reading-program/

All programs are free of charge.

In 2018, 25,999 youth of all ages participated in the countywide reading program. 15,467 youth completed the program. 42,431 children and parents attended the 1,736 offered summer learning events. 1,849 new library cards were issued to youth aged 5-19.

2019 Summer Entertainment & Educational Events at Local Public Libraries

Rocking Reptiles with Jesse Rothackeran interactive animal show featuring Jesse Rothacker and his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. School-age children and grownups at this show will explore the amazing and mysterious universe of reptiles, including opportunities to volunteer in the show, touch real animal artifacts, and win cool prizes. Their armor, invisibility and legless locomotion can make reptiles seem a lot like extra-terrestrials. Come to the show and discover how these curious creatures have a very important mission here on planet Earth! (First program is June 2)

 

CHI St. Joseph Children’s HealthHank the Health Hero is a champion of healthy choices who inspires Lancaster children to adopt healthy habits.  Hank the Health Hero will present two different programs: Story Time with Hank – Food! and Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time! (First program is June 4)

 

Phredd- Ukulele One Man Band – Phredd’s performance includes interaction, singing, hand-motions, and creative play that inspire imagination, creativity and positive encouragement. Enjoy ukulele strumming, harmonica wailing, suitcase drum kicking, quirky singer-songwriter of unmitigated joy performing original tunes about pirates, electric tricycles, monkeys and more. (First program starts June 4)

 

Neill Hartley, presents “The Spirit of Lindbergh” – Neill Hartley is Charles Lindbergh in this one-man show about a thrilling adventure based on Mr. Lindbergh’s historic 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Witness “Lucky Lindy” planning his trip, navigating in the cockpit and finally arriving in Paris, France. Experience firsthand the incredible journey that riveted the world and transformed aviation! (First program is June 13)

 

Pout Pout Fish Costume Character Visits Lancaster County public libraries will welcome “Pout Pout Fish” popular storybook character from picture books by author Deborah Diesen and illustrator, Dan Hanna. (First program is June 15)

 

That Fabulous Franklin First Stages presents a delightful program full of wit and wisdom of Ben Franklin, an American icon. Two actors recreate important moments in Ben’s story. They also bring to life some of the characters that Ben created in his writings, like Poor Richard Saunders and Silence Dogood. There is great fun for audiences of all ages in this sparkling program. (First program is June 17)

 

Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation – Enjoy and explore any of these programs at one or more of the local libraries: Lunar Lunacy (First program starts June 18); 13 Moons on a Turtle’s Back (First program starts June 20); There’s No Place Like Space (First program starts June 26); Creating Constellations (First program starts July 2); Planet Power (First program starts July 3); Space on Earth (First program starts July 9); Let’s take the Moon for a Walk (First program starts July 16); Programs run from June 18 through August 6.

 

North Museum’s Mission to the Moon – Join the North Museum of Nature and Science and get ready for some lunar explorations. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic mission that landed the first astronauts on the moon through hands-on experiences. Explore the moon’s surface in preparation to designing a lunar lander! (First program is June 24)

 

The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Hear Ye, Hear Ye! We are extending an invitation to all Princesses, Princes, Lords and Ladies to attend a royal reading story times! (Ages 3+) (First event is July 9)

Local Sponsor Support
In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program Sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Inc., Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café; Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating, Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland ~ Family Entertainment Park, Isaac’s Restaurants, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Bowling & Golf Center, Magic and Wonder Show, M&T Bank, , McDonald’s Restaurants, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines, Rita’s Ices, Rocky Spring Entertainment Center, Scratch Bakes, Sequential Arts Too, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Strasburg Rail Road Company, Stoudt Advisors, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Water’s Edge Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Shop.

Please contact library listed to register for program. For a listing of local libraries, visit www.lancasterlibraries.org

To find out more about the Summer Reading Program visit:
http://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/youth/summer-reading-program/

Printed event booklets are available for pick up at your local library or bookmobile. Contact your local public library for more information about these summertime happenings! Visit our website at www.lancasterlibraries.org and click on “Your Local Library” for a complete listing of Public Libraries in Lancaster County. The countywide public library summer reading program is supported in part by the Library System of Lancaster County.

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Lititz Public Library Announces New Director!

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The Lititz Public Library is pleased to announce that Ryan McCrory will be taking over the library director position recently vacated by the retiring Susan Tennant. Ryan comes to us from the Boone Area Library in Birdsboro, PA, where he served as library director. Ryan comes to us with almost 20 years of library experience. Most of Ryan’s library career has been with the Seattle Public Library. Ryan has worked in the library field in many different capacities, from circulation desk duties, to program planning, to assistant manager and directorship. Ryan has worked in both public and academic libraries. Before moving into the library field, Ryan taught history at the college level.

Ryan McCrory, New Director of The Littiz Public LIbraryOriginally from Alabama, Ryan received his BA in History from Athens State College and his MA in History from the University of Alabama. Ryan will receive his Master of Information Science from Drexel University in June of 2020. Ryan currently lives in Pottstown, PA, but is looking to relocate to Lancaster County. He really enjoys the Lititz area and loves that the town is walkable. Ryan enjoys playing online video games with his 13 year old son. He also enjoys various sports, genealogy research and is a reader of non-fiction and James Lee Burke mysteries.

Ryan began his love of libraries back in elementary school when he helped his school librarian to shelve books. He has been a library user and enthusiast his entire life. He believe that libraries offer “free and equal access to information” for everyone. He feels that libraries serve the function of “democratizing information”. Ryan loves libraries because they are “always evolving” and “provide access to new technologies” for the community they serve. Ryan will begin his career with the Lititz Public Library on Monday, April 29th. Ryan wants to let the community know that he has an open door policy and encourages the community to stop by the library to say hello. Please help us to welcome him to our library and our community.

 

“It Happened at the Library” Project Expands!

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“It Happened at the Library” Project is Expanding to include Countywide submissions!

Lancaster Public Library has extended the deadline to submit writing and artwork to the “It Happened at the Library” project to June 1, 2019. Eligibility has also been expanded to include all Lancaster County students in grades K – 12 attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. Work may now be submitted by individuals or as group projects developed by families, classrooms, clubs, youth groups, and Scouts.  Submitted writing and artwork will be on display at a “Library Happening” scheduled for December 7, 2019, 1 – 4 p.m., at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke Street, in Lancaster, PA.

Submitted work may also be chosen for inclusion in a book and/or in a performance piece to be created by Lancaster author and playwright Sandy Asher. Both the book and the performance piece will debut at the “Library Happening.” The event will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be offered for sale. Proceeds will benefit Lancaster Public Library.

Submissions are limited to one piece of writing (up to 500 words) or one piece of artwork (up to 8 1/2″ x 11″) per student or group and must relate to the theme, “It Happened at the Library.” The relationship may be serious or humorous, realistic or fantastic, fictional or non-fictional. All genres are welcome: story, article, personal narrative, poem, play, drawing, painting, collage, cartoon, photograph — or any other form or style suitable for wall display and/or book reproduction. Students may submit one individual piece and also participate in group projects.

Artwork submission by 11-year old Gwenn Twilley. Artwork submitted was part of "it Happened at the Library" project hosted by Lancaster Public Library.
Gwenn Twilley, 11 years old

“We’ve already received some wonderful writing and artwork, but we’ve had requests from the public to extend the deadline and expand the eligibility,” says the project’s director, Sandy Asher. “We want to reach as many young people as possible with this opportunity to encourage imagination and creativity and to celebrate the fact that the library really is a happening place, a place where amazing, amusing, surprising, and satisfying things happen all the time.

Individual and group contributors will be acknowledged in the book. It will become an on-going fundraiser for Lancaster Public Library, and we’re very grateful to Fox Chapel Publishing for their support in making that possible.”

All submissions must be accompanied by a signed statement of release. Full guidelines and the required statement of release may be picked up at the Youth Help Desk on the second floor of Lancaster Public Library, or requested by email from cbyrnes@lancasterpubliclibrary.org.

“It Happened at the Library” Submission Guidelines

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May 4th is FREE Comic Book Day and local public libraries benefit!

FREE Comic Book Day - First Saturday in May each year. This year the celebration is on May 4, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Comic Store in Lancaster is hosting a day of FREE comic books at their McGovern Avenue location on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm compliments of the store owner, Joe Miller.

The Vader’s Fifth 501 Legion Garrison Carida was such a huge hit last year that they are returning this year with even more Star Wars characters! We expect a whole plethora of cosplay characters to be visiting our store and parking lot, including Batman, Batgirl, and Steampunk Wonder Woman. Make plans now to visit our store May 4th!!

As always, each customer receives one free comic book. For each additional copy we request that a donation of 50 cents be collected at the register. All of the donated money will be used to buy graphic novels and books for the Lancaster County Public libraries.

Last year The Comic Store collected over $1300.00 for the local libraries.  Four years ago, The Comic Store won the National Award of Best Charity from Diamond Comic Distributors for its efforts in sponsoring this fund-raiser.

Lancaster County’s Public libraries will also have comic books to give away (while supplies last).  Teens and tweens at public libraries in Lancaster County have received free comic books since 2005.

Ed Miller, Special Services Manager in charge of Bookmobile services countywide is very enthusiastic about this annual Comic Book Day promotion. He sees the value that graphic novels hold for teens, “For some of the teenagers that we see, graphic novels are the only literature that they will look at — and yes, comic books can be serious literature. We are extremely grateful for the assistance that Joe Miller gives to support library outreach to teens!”

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The Comic Store
28 McGovern Ave.
Lancaster, Pa. 17602
(717) 397-8737
Cell (717) 808-5207

 

For more information about The Comic Store, visit:
https://www.comicstorepa.com/press-free-comic-book-day-2019

For information about the public libraries in Lancaster County, visit:
https://lancasterlibraries.org/find-a-library/

 

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The Library System’s Annual Meeting takes to the screen this year!

"The Public" - A Film written, and directed by Emilio Estevez.

The Public, an American film written and directed by Emilio Estevez

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce this year’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road, Lititz, PA on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm.   This year’s program will feature the screening of the film, The Public, an American film written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The film, which made its national debut on April 5th, addresses an important issue that impacts public libraries: how to deal with the homeless populations in communities throughout the country.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm followed by brief announcements at 6:30 pm that will include short recognition of service award honorees. The special screening of the film, The Public, will begin at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in seeing this compelling film, is encouraged to attend!   Seating is limited, thus registration is required. Please RSVP by Friday, April 12th.   Tickets are required for admission. To get your ticket, go to https://tinyurl.com/LSLC2019

Penn Ketchum, President and co-owner of Penn Cinema, appreciates the value that libraries bring to the community. He was very enthusiastic when approached with the idea of launching the film at our Annual Meeting. Penn Cinema will be showing the film for a full week starting Friday, April 12th through April 18th.  Standard admission rates will apply to the general public for all shows screened that week.

About the film…

Emilio Estevez also stars in the film along with an ensemble cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Jeffrey Wright. For more information about the film, visit https://tinyurl.com/The-Public-Film

Program Schedule
6:00pm – Refreshments
6:30pm – Brief Remarks
7:00 pm – Screening of the film

Election and Installation of Board Members

Votes for the Library System’s Board officers for 2019 will take place at the business-meeting portion of the event. The 2019 board members include Christina Diehl, Jeanne Grimsley, Rich Frerichs, Dale Hamby, G. Kenneth Kohlmaier, Elizabeth Ann Flaherty, and Shel O. Lundquist.

This event and film screening were sponsored by:



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