At the Libraries: The Wire's Victorian-Literature Leanings

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Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

So, The Wire. Yes, we all love it, but anyone else notice its Victorian-literature leanings before? The drawings (okay, not Victorian) are the best part!
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They left out quite a doozy, and one of my faves, but this is still a good list of the best closing lines to novels. I prefer to beat on, ceaselessly toward the past, myself...
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Last week we saw some great LOTR cupcakes -- now, here's an amazing butterfly book cake! Tons of pictures to see, but the cake undecorated is my favorite. (Thanks, Kristin!)
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Awesome new Tumblr alert: Share Your Shelf. What does your bookshelf say about you? Mine says: "You haven't bought a book since 2005." But I work in a library, so I don't have to buy books!

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Apart from the odd James Patterson, and those Dianetics commercials from childhood (remember those?), you don't really see ads for books anymore, do you? But they did exist! Some of them are kind of, well, long.

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The Ride to Read, in New Jersey, sounds pretty awesome! One librarian is biking 60 miles to raise money for the library. Good luck!
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Guys, I know you might be embarrassed, but it is never, never, NEVER too late to return a book to the library. Even 78 years is not too late!
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Nguhi wrote me to let me know about a great project she is working on in Kenya, called Start a Library. They are trying to start libraries for kids (if you couldn't tell), and I think that's something we can all get behind. Good luck to them!
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Have you ever heard of a tablescape competition? Me either, but check out these amazing table settings, most based on books! Can you guess the one in the picture?
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Surely you did not miss Tuesday's column on Amazing Library Tattoos here on mental_floss, right? I simply had to highlight it -- those are some great tattoos!
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Summer Reading Programs across the country are over, and lots of librarians are breathing sighs of relief. Especially the Magpie Librarian! She's got a lot to say about that, and some great GIFs to match.
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Funny to think of Bret Easton Ellis and David Foster Wallace in the same cohort of writers, but here's an interesting article from an editor who worked with both. Something about one not liking the other -- big surprise. Anyone read the DFW biography yet?
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As always, thanks for reading, and don't forget to let me know about all the great library and literary tidbits you come across! Have a great weekend, guys, and I'll see you next time.

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