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Week Two: '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!

We librarians will do just about anything to get your attention—including parking a car in the library. The Brownsburg (IN) Public Library has done just that in order to promote their new downloadable audio books and OverDrive Media Console.
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If you live in Telluride, CO, you are already blessed with beautiful scenery year-round. Adding to the general awesomeness is the great stuff the public library is doing, including circulating energy meters and even bikes (on top of all the great books, of course). Check it out here.

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Blue Island Public Library (IL) is celebrating Law Enforcement Week (May 9-15) with lots of great programs. If you can't make the events, or if the law isn't your bag, you could also join an online book club: "Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters."
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Libraries like to take things outside, too! The Newport (PA) Public Library must have a lot of golf enthusiasts, because they're holding their 3rd annual Golf Scramble on May 14.
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La Habra Public Library (CA) just wrapped up National Poetry Month with some great events, and they're not slowing down. On April 28 (today) was Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros, a celebration of books and children, which included a children's parade and crafts.

Have you seen this yet? These funny library signs have been making the rounds on the internet. As a public librarian, yes they are sad, but they are also necessary. People are strange.
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In fact, the strangeness of our patrons has inspired some librarians, namely the geniuses Gene Anbaum and Bill Barnes, to create a daily comic strip about a public library. I'm not sure if non-librarians will find it funny, but trust me when I say it is both hilarious and *very* true to life. Check out Unshelved here. It's like our xkcd.
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Are you inspired to hit the library and grab that book you've always been meaning to read? Moby-Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (it's really good!), or that long out-of-print book you loved as a kid? Well, check here first to find any book at any library!
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Speaking of that long out-of-print book that you loved as a kid, is it just burning you up that you can't remember its title? Try one of several online groups to help you solve that exact problem, so you can be reunited with that book! Here are just a few to get you started.
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Got any burning questions about libraries -- how they work, what they do, why they are draws for crazy people? Leave a comment and I'll try and tackle it next week. And librarians, let me know what awesome stuff your library is doing and maybe we'll post it here! Email me: atthelibraries@gmail.com. See you next week!

See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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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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