Introducing 'At the Libraries'

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Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen will provide links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a comment!

Did you make a New Year's resolution to "read more"? Maybe it's too hard to motivate yourself, which is why the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio has created the Fifty Book Challenge. Patrons now have "the added motivation of being eligible to win fabulous prizes!"
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Want to join a book club, but can't convince your friends to commit? Join a library book club instead. Here are links to library clubs in New York, Seattle and San Diego. Try contacting your local library to ask about clubs they offer.

The Library at the University of South Carolina is doing neat art projects with those unneeded cards from card catalogs. Check out different entries here.

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Looking for love in Denver? Check out the Denver Public Library's Overdue Love Club. Says Laura Eley, "What better place to meet another library enthusiast!?" The next event is May 21st.
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If you think libraries can't make a difference, then the Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell University might change your mind. One of their unusual programs is the Prisoner Express, which "promotes rehabilitation by offering inmates information, education and the opportunity for creative self-expression in a public forum."
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Should libraries be vibrant and conversation-friendly, or bastions of peace and quiet in our hectic world? Join the loud vs. quiet argument happening on the NY Times after reading this writer's piece.
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If you are so enthusiastic about the value of your library in the community (and you're a woman), write about it! Women's Day Magazine has an annual essay contest and the winning entries are printed in the magazine and/or online! The deadline for entries is May 9.
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Ever wonder how much you are saving by using your public library? Well, wonder no longer! Here is just one of several Library Value Calculators so you can see your savings.
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And finally, in case you missed it last week, here's a link to my first mental_floss post about bookmobiles.

Miss Kathleen is a children's librarian who moonlights as one of our researchers. If your library has something fun going on in the coming weeks, let her know—atthelibraries@gmail.com.

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