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At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

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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!

Like eating? Like books? See if your area has an Edible Books Festival, where people compete to make the best book title/cake creation. Check out these amazing pictures from the recent Seattle Edible Book Festival. There are events at the libraries at Duke and the University of Illinois, too. If there doesn't appear to be a similar event where you are, start one!
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Last week reader Lauren told us about a great contest for library lovers: the American Library Association's Library Advocacy Day. Make a short video illustrating why libraries are important, and you could not only launch your YouTube career, but also win a cool $250. Entry deadline is May 26, so get working!

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We also heard about a library that was in danger of closing last week. Sadly, it's not the only one. All the libraries in New Jersey are facing a crisis, but the good news is that you can do something about it. New Jersey-ites, go here and see how you can get involved to help the libraries in your community.
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Maybe libraries will be saved by the power of social networking! It is a great way to motivate people, and libraries facing budget cuts need to show that the public is on our side. This article highlights how different systems have used social media to their advantage.
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Let's stop with the depressing news, though. Ever wonder what the library you used as a kid is up to? I grew up in Peabody, MA, and just for fun, I sometimes check out their events calendar (maybe it's a librarian thing). They've got some great events, including an upcoming cooking class (with samples!): Creative Feast: Healthy Vegetarian Cooking for One or Two with a local chef. I should tell my mom to go -- she'd love it!
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Maybe cooking's not your thing. Or, maybe you don't live in Massachusetts. How about knitting? Try out the Knit Night at the Cameron Village Library in downtown Raleigh. Bring your own supplies and make something to donate to a local charity. You'll feel great and meet great new people!
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What does your library card look like? Growing up, mine was blue and white, and my current system uses bright yellow. Take a picture of yours and share it here in the comments, or send it to The Traveling Librarian, where you can see library cards from all over the country and the world.
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I missed the chance last week to highlight a silent auction featuring lots of great writers, musicians, and artists, benefiting the Iowa City Public Libraries, and I could just kick myself! But I am able to tell you about an upcoming fundraiser that sounds amazing, especially if you want to flex your crafting muscles: their 4th Annual Altered Books Exhibit and Sale. Grab an old book and turn it into a work of art, or just ooh and aah over the amazing talents by attending the fundraiser in June. Never heard of an altered book? See what you've been missing.
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Hate reading? Hate books, and think they are having a deleterious effect on our children? Check out this tongue-in-cheek article expressing that viewpoint. You'll never look at Horton Hears a Who! the same way again.
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Speaking of children's books, one children's literature blogger took it upon herself to compile the Top 100 Best Children's Novels (from an extensive poll). Here's the result. See what you think about it, and leave a comment with your favorite novel was as a kid. Mine was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and I'm happy to see it as #5. I'm also proud to say that I have read all the books on the list (well, I couldn't get through Little Women, but got the general idea). How many have you read?
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As always, holler back and tell me what great things your library system is doing, and maybe you'll make it into next week's column! Email atthelibraries@gmail.com.

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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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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