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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!

I got a note from a librarian at the Clearwater (FL) Public Library System. They are kicking off their Summer Reading Program next Tuesday at the Main Library with Nick Schuyler. Ring a bell? He was the lone survivor of a boating accident that claimed the lives of NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith. Get all the info you need here (opens PDF) for what promises to be an emotional reading.

Heresy! Or, why public libraries might need a swift kick in the pants right now. I'm inclined to say that we are hard workers and needed in our community, but OK, there might be some dead weight out there. What do you think?
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Only in Vegas, or more specifically, the Las Vegas/Clark County Public Library, would you have an event called "An Evening with Beth Raymer: Boxing, Professional Sports Gambling and a Hot New Memoir."

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I knew they did some crazy stuff in Colorado, but the Anythink library system in Adams County is new to me! Not your everyday public library, Anythink is presenting a great summer series. Sounds pretty awesome: "Through hands-on programming, creative outlets and sparks of imagination, you can make this summer anything you want it to be."
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How might the oil spill impact your health, and the health of your community? A reader in Mobile, AL, tipped me off to a great forum the Mobile Public Library is having this Saturday called "Community Conversations on Public Health and Chemical Exposure."
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The Richmond Public Library is currently pushing The Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award: Vote for your favorite in fiction and non-fiction (if you're a Virginia resident, n'est-ce pas!) and let your voice be heard.
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Leaving aside the whole "should we spend money on public libraries" question, what about censorship? Specifically, do libraries have the right to filter the internet on their computers? I'd bet those most public libraries do filter their computers (mine does, and even blocks MySpace), but should they? Add to the discussion.
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And speaking of censorship, there are some books that just shouldn't be allowed. I don't mean sex manuals or The Anarchist's Cookbook. I'm talking about John Gotti, Jr.'s upcoming children's book. That's right: John Gotti. His cellmate did the illustrations. Weep now for the future of literature.
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But some children's books should get wider exposure! I'm not always an advocate for movie adaptations, but, as an eternal optimist, I hope for the best. Let's see what they do with the 2009 Newbery Medal winner, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

I'll leave you with an amazing video. Check out the iSchool at the University of Washington's Gaga-inspired research song. That's right, Librarians Do Gaga. (Via Boing Boing.)
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Thanks for all your comments and emails. Email me and let me know what your hometown is, and I'll try to feature your library in an upcoming column. I know there are some states that I haven't hit yet!

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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