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At the Libraries

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Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides 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!

Stacy's series on children's books has gotten a lot of readers revisiting their youth, and I bet you will actually wish that you could be young again for the chance to attend Ocean County (NJ) Library's Star Wars Camp! It's this summer for children and families, so if you aren't a child or don't have your own, maybe you could borrow someone else's? They have lots of other great programs as well, which you can read about here.
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The Baltimore Public Library has a truly innovative offering -- groceries delivered to you at the library!?

I can't imagine that this actually works, but NPR has the whole scoop. You can read more about it on the Baltimore City Health Department website.
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One of the groups that we youth services librarians try to reach is teens. There are so many great teen books (besides Twilight), and the library can be a positive place in a teen's sometimes-turbulent life (at least, we hope so!). Calvert (MD) Library is really going above and beyond by having a Teen Only Night once a month -- only teens are allowed, and they break out the Wii and snacks for some fun!
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Teens don't just read books, they write them, too! Kellah Jarvis is sharing her work and encouraging others at the East Regional Library in Knightdale, NC, on Tuesday, May 18.
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Back to the books. A recent complaint by a library user got attention, and quite a reasonable answer (I think), about why the book he loved a few years ago was no longer in the library. If you've ever wondered that same thing, try reading this article and see if you agree or disagree: Library books end up in the trash.
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A reader asked me to give a shout-out to the Lower Mills Branch Library of the Boston Public Library -- it sounds like it is in danger of budget cuts (not uncommon these days). That's too bad, because it looks like they have some really great events coming up, including a music series in the summer. Check out their calendar here.
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Librarians, as information professionals, have a real thirst for knowledge, but there's a lot of stuff out there to read. How do we whittle it all down? Everyone has their favorite news outlets, but another great resource is The Library Link of the Day: Just one article related to a book or library. It's like VSL, but for libraries (and their fans)!
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And of course, many librarians blog. Here's a sample of some funny ones: Annoyed Librarian, Dewey Decimal System, Librarian Trading Cards, and one from the comments last week: Awful Library Books. I have my own horror stories about things I've found on the shelf, well past their expiration date.
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One of the more famous librarian bloggers (retired, actually) is Will Manley. He takes on lots of controversial topics, like sex, using the F-bomb, and, most insidious, perhaps, the staff potluck.
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And do librarians tweet? Oh yes. Try following @halfpintingalls, @The_Pigeon, @MissJoMarch, or @BetsyTacyTib for some children's literature fun in your twitter stream.

And we'll end with a video to make you laugh:

That's not the only Library Ninja, strangely. Be sure and check out the related content for more library silliness.
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I've gotten lots of kind emails and comments -- thanks, guys! It's great to know that the libraries are near-and-dear to a lot of your hearts. Remember, we want to publicize all the great stuff that YOUR library is doing, so tell me at atthelibraries@gmail.com and I'll try and get it in a future column. 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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