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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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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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