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At the Libraries: Stealing Books

Each month 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!

Come on guys, you know you've done it, now 'fess up: which books have you stolen from a library? Mine wasn't a book, it was the Newsweek issue from when John Lennon was shot. I know, it's terrible, but I was a big fan.
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The most patriotic bookshelf of all!

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But maybe you aren't super patriotic, or you aren't American. Maybe you'd rather your bookshelf were twisty and crazy and nearly impossible to figure out! Then this bookshelf is for you.

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Halloween is never over! So we've got two scary lists for you: Ten Haunted Libraries in the US and Around the World. Spooky!
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I love this idea, and I think Ian Rankin did it best. What would your 140-character novel be?
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Here's a great event if you will be in the Detroit area on November 8: Elmore Leonard! And isn't November the best time to visit Detroit, really? (Thanks to Katherine for the link!)
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Guys, be smart -- get a library card, just like the governor of Colorado! And all these fine folks in this fantastic PSA. (Thanks to Rebecca!)
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And the Winner in the Best Library Ever category is.... the Sonoma County Wine Library. Talk about a dream job!
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Or maybe you prefer beer to wine? No problem, we've got you covered with this great list of the best bars in New York in which to read.
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People, it is great that you are donating books to the library. Really, it is. But maybe remove your handguns from inside them first? Just a suggestion.
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More book art here! These recycled books are transformed into... body parts? I think you kind of have to squint to see it.
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Just in time for the release of Cloud Atlas (anyone seen it yet? I'm having a hard time getting past Tom Hanks), here is a list of ten "unfilmable" books that they did manage to film. Successfully or not is another story, I suppose...
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And here's a real work of art: a children's librarian's sleeve tattoo honoring lots of classic kids' books!
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Thanks as always for tuning in, and please tell me all the great library and literary stuff I missed, or that is upcoming, either by email or in the comments. Have a great month, everybody!

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At the Libraries: The Best Books of 2013
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Have you seen the best-of-the-year round ups yet? The New York Times, Amazon, and Publisher's Weekly are all very thorough.

I think I'm going with Longbourne by Jo Baker, but Thank You For Your Service was also a book I'll never forget. I'm very 'meh' on The Goldfinch. What was your favorite?

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Here are some hilarious ideas for organizing your library or book store shelves!

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New blog alert! If you want to know what it's like to work at a library via GIFs, try Librarian Problems.

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All those awards—won't someone think of the poor judges who have to read all those books? Here's one sob story. (Well, OK, it's not all bad, but it is pretty funny.)
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Books are great, but what are the best libraries of 2013? Funny you should ask... 

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One of my favorite round-ups every year is 100 Scope Notes' Children's lit year in miscellanea. Best Cake of the Year? Travis covers it!

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I guess I need to read this Emily of New Moon book, if she's #1 on the list of Classic YA heroines, huh?

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Nothing like a little library porn to brighten your new year!

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A big news story this year was Amazon's plan to use drones for delivery. But did you see what Waterstone's plan is? Way better.

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How about another great list? This one is the best librarians in pop culture! You have seen Party Girl, right?

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File this story under: Things about which we need more detail. A giant slide was built to move 22 miles worth of books. Tell me more, please!

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Here's some cool looking libraries in Mexico!

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Which book on your library shelf probably has herpes? I think this one is totally guessable, guys...
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Time to spotlight some great bookshelves. This one keeps you balanced. But this one is shaped like a robot, so it's basically no contest.

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Confess your secret shame here, librarians!

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I am kind of depressed that my state's most famous book is a Nicholas Sparks, but oh well. This is still a very cool map.

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Recycling books can be a lot harder than it sounds. Check out how one library was able to instead reduce and reuse 10,000 books!

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Let's get back to drones for the ending of our column. Have you seen the video of the NYPL shot by a drone? It's surprisingly beautiful.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

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At the Libraries: The Bookstore that Comes to You
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Just like a food truck, but less messy!

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These are great posters for reading. I'll take one of each; thanks!

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So, tell me straight: do you finish every book, or are you able to quit in the middle? I gave myself permission to quit a few years ago and it was VERY liberating. Life's too short, y'all!

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We've seen lots of tiny libraries, but I don't think I've seen THESE tiny libraries yet. Apparently there are ten in Manhattan—anyone seen or used one yet?

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Speaking of tiny, this 5-year-old, who has read 875 books this school year, is my tiny hero!

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Do books with girl characters have "girly" covers? One of my favorite YA authors, Maureen Johnson, inspired these great gendered cover flips. I think the David Sedaris is the best.

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Oh dear, these Park Slope parents have the most unusual library complaint.

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2131 books = a new world record and a bit of a clean-up nightmare, but I'm sure the Seattle Public Library would say it was all worth it.

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I love this art project—turn old bricks into books!

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Or, if you have old books instead of old bricks, you can turn them into sculptures instead.

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Or maybe you just want to paint some books? Check out these quirky watercolors for inspiration!

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Remember The World Book Encyclopedia? Ever done a "Dork Bowl?"

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Would you read these books, too? Maybe you should write one!

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If you need some heartwarming stories to read today, try the Libraries Changed My Life tumblr. They sure changed mine!

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I love it when we can end on a video. Here's a great one, but warning—it's pretty sad, as you can tell from the title:
Out-of-Work Librarian Blues.

Best of luck to her.

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Thanks as always for reading, and have a great June! See you all next month.

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