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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!

Travel to Italy, by way of the Oakland (CA) Public Library! In honor of Lonely Planet's latest travel book series, writer Alison Bing will give an interactive presentation all about Italian travel. Share your stories or plan your trip -- it's even more fun than a book! (Search for "Italy" on this page.)
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Ever wonder what goes through the head of the author of a banned or threatened book when they hear the news? Read this article by the hilarious Dan Gutman for an insider's view.
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And what can a parent do if the library won't remove books he or she deem offensive? One mom decided to hold the books hostage! She recently relented, but I wonder if she's paid the fines yet?
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Speaking of overdue fees, another chink has appeared in George Washington's armor: he never returned two library books! He's got a whopping fine now. First we find out there was no cherry tree, now this. What's next?
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The Canton (MI) Public Library offers lots of great programs and classes (including how to use that digital camera!), but they also have a beautiful installation in their children's room (above). It's not a real tree, but it is just amazing!

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The Santa Fe Public Library loves to showcase local art and artists (in addition to all of its great books, of course). They frequently post a Call for Artists, so if you are in the area and artistically minded, pick up an application.
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Live in Brooklyn? Want to learn to tango? Well then head over the Central Branch of the BPL for Tango lessons! The BPL also has a Philosophy Discussion Group if you prefer to flex your mind and not your muscles.
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Portland, Oregon, would be a great city to live in for lots of reasons (mostly food - I am dying to visit and eat my face off), not the least of which is Multnomah County Library. They have the usual book clubs and computer classes, but also so much more—including a cool series to help you get more out of your life! Check out the events schedule for Life by Design.
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We missed Library Snapshot Day, where people shared pictures of their library on a particular day, but that's okay. We can have our own Library Photo Day instead! Send me pictures of your library, inside or out, and we'll see if we can put them up in next week's column! (You can reach me here: atthelibraries@gmail.com.)

Here's a picture of my library the day we celebrated our 10th birthday with a cake-baking contest.

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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