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!

The Main Library of the Richland County (SC) Public Library in Columbia has a gorgeous Where the Wild Things Are mural that you can see here. There is also a swanky-sounding event coming up to support the library. Wine, music, and food? In a library? I'm sold.
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After hearing about a couple from Denton, TX, who visited the mental_floss retail store outside Cleveland, I looked up their library. The Denton Public Library is offering some great programs, including a Writers Workshop this Saturday.

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Maybe you want to go to a writers group, but you don't live in Texas. If you live in the mid-Hudson region of New York, then you are in luck! The Poughkeepsie Public Library has its own group, the Hudson Valley Wordsmiths, and they meet on Sunday.
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Jay Leno learned not to mess with librarians when he tried out this lame joke on his show recently (around the 3-minute mark). But he got what he deserved, as you can see. Mess with bull, you get the horns!
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Or maybe it's the librarians who are the problem. Miss Manners has a letter from a library patron who can no longer put up with an invasive librarian. What can a patron do?
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One of my favorite contemporary picture books authors is Mo Willems, and he has a great blog. It has all the usual sections -- upcoming events, new books, and so on. But the best part is that he posts the fan mail he gets from kids making their own pigeon books!
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Want to really unleash your family's creativity like Mo? Cover your dining room walls with chalkboards!


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At my library, if you sign up for email rather than phone notification, you get a courtesy email a few days before your books are due. Pretty handy. But if your library doesn't offer that service, head on over to Library Elf and they will be glad to assist you.
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Did you know that "The secret of stress management is in your breath"? Me either, but I guess it makes sense. You can learn about all that and more -- start eliminating stress at the Yoga of Breath workshop at the Salt Lake City Public Library.
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If you're in Boston on Friday, you can get a free tour of local architecture near the Boston Public Library -- pretty cool!
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Patty Smith was recently at the New York Public Library reading from her new book, Just Kids, and staff there created a great video, edited down to about 4 minutes. It's pretty awesome and I highly recommend watching
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Thanks for all your comments and emails -- I've been hearing from lots of different cities and states. a href="mailto:atthelibraries@gmail.com">Keep them coming!

See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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