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In honor of next weeks #gobigread keynote at @uwmadison, stop by LSS and check out our collection of films related to women’s rights and education, including this weeks #moviemonday “The Patience Stone”, a film about woman finding her own voice.

It’s #ColumbusDay and this weeks #moviemonday is a Spanish film, “Even The Rain,” about a director and producer that traveled to Bolivia to film a movie about Christopher Columbus’s conquest of the New World. Instead, they found themselves in a moral crisis during the 2000 Cochabamba protests. Check out the drama today, 259 Van Hise.

Ever seen a wuxia film? If you haven’t, a wuxia film is a genre of Chinese fiction that focuses on martial arts. Expand your horizons and check out this weeks #moviemonday “House of Flying Daggers,” that combines martial arts with a love story that will be sure to entertain you!


14 unexpected Little Free Libraries at Paste Magazine.

In honor of Banned Book Week, take advantage of Little Free Libraries around Madison! Did you know one of the founders is from the University of Wisconsin?! Whether it is to take a book or give a book, Little Free Libraries are an awesome way to expand your knowledge and creativity.

Rather watch than read? Come to the LSS Learning Lab in 259 Van Hise Hall and check out the great foreign film selection we have!

(via mashable)

This week, September 21-27 is Banned Books Week celebrating the freedom to read. We decided to do our own spin on it and this week we are taking our weekly #moviemonday and featuring two banned films: Persepolis and The Blue Kite!


Persepolis is a French film that takes place in Iran. It follows the story of a young girl, Marjane, in Iran during the Iranian Revolution. The animated film follows her struggles living in Iran as an outspoken nine-year-old against the tyranny.

The film debuted in Lebanon, but it was banned after clerics found it to be “offensive to Iran and Islam.” However, after outcry by Lebanese intellectual and political circles the ban was lifted.

Persepolis was later was an Academy Award Nominee for the Best Animated Feature in 2007.

The Blue Kite:

The Blue Kite is a Chinese film that follows one family through the eyes of, Tietou, a young boy during the Cultural Revolution in the 1950’s and 60’s in China. The film was banned and deemed so offensive that the director, Tian Zhuangzhuang, was banned from making films for 10 years!

We hope you enjoy our featured #moviemonday. Let us know if you have any other favorite banned films!

Are you a foodie? Do you want to take a trip to the South of France? Then this weeks #moviemonday is for you! Stop by the Learning Lab today and check out “Step Up To The Plate,” a New York Times Critics Pick.

The wait is over, #moviemonday is back! Over the summer, out collection of Arabic films skyrocketed thanks to intensive language programs here at @uwmadison. Stop by the Learning Lab and check out the new collection today!

Yesterday, all LSS student staff and Labbies were treated by our wonderful staff to Labbie Appreciation Day. Today, we want to take some time to appreciate the people who make LSS amazing - the staff!

Our final question to the labbies was:

If you could give a shout-out to one LSS staff member, who would it be and why?

Here’s what they said:

- “Ken for transitioning to the AV Pool so well, and Theresa for being awesome and making Ken’s job easy.” -Christoph

- “Mary! Love our chats!” -Simone

- “Shout out to Brad for being such a champ with sorting out all the re-imaging problems.” -Karl

- “Mary! Thanks for your patience and all your help! You are always so friendly and I enjoy our stories we share!” -Alison

- “Lane & Theresa, shoutout to making the AV Pool baller these past couple of years. Lisa, shoutout to making a strong schedule. Double shoutout to working with all of the days off requested by labbies.” -Molly

- “Mary. She is so positive and friendly! I feel like I could talk to her about anything. She’s so sweet!” -Jessica

- “Ken- You’ve put a lot of hard work into getting to know us individually and getting to know the AV Pool :)” -Shannon

- “Mary! It is always a joy working and talking to you. Thank you for always asking about my day and for the dried mangoes you brought me.” -Justin

- “Lane for helping me learn so much about graphic design/poster making! Thanks a lot!” -Caitlin

- “Mary! You’re the coolest. I love working with you -you are very interested in my life! Thanks so much!!” -Jane

- “Theresa - Thanks for teaching me the AVP ropes! It was easy to learn my job with your help.” -Nick

- “Mary for her sense of humor! Also, love talking about yoga with her!” -Kate

Thanks to all our LSS staff! We love our job because of all of you!

Yumm! We ❤️ labbie appreciation day! #LSSlife

It’s Labbie Appreciation Day here at LSS! We are so grateful to have such wonderful student labbies that make LSS run smoothly. Labbies, remember to stop into LSS today, even if you aren’t working, for treats from the LSS staff.

In honor of Labbie Appreciation Day, we also asked our labbies:

What is your favorite part about working at LSS?

Here’s what they had to say:

-“Being a new employee here, I love how how friendly and how willing to help everyone is here.” -Alison

-”The flexibility” -Karl

-”Builds great experience with customer service. Relaxed work environment as well” -Christoph

-”Working with other students from all different majors, backgrounds & parts of the world” -Molly

-”The professional, organized, friendly environment.” -Jessica

-”It is a relaxed environment. Work is not stressful.” - Justin

-”Its relaxed and works well with my school schedule” -Jane

-”Learning to be more tech savvy and being able to communicate with professors” -Shannon

-”Everyone is really nice!” -Simone Fischer

-”All the great labbies and staff :)” -Caitlin

-”Getting to work right on campus, very convenient for class schedules” -Kate

-”Interacting with AV Pool patrons” -Nick Klauda

-“I love working and interacting with such a diverse group of people. It’s really awesome getting to know people from all over the world and learning about their cultures” -Katie

-“LSS is great because as an intern I am getting future career experience, but on top of that, everyone is so friendly and nice and it is great working on campus” -Maddy