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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!

So, how can libraries become the premier job ambition for the next generation? Oklahoma has the answer -- a week-long Information Matrix camp for teens! If you know someone ages 12-14 in the Sooner State, pass this along. Thanks for the tip, Tiffany!
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Remember last week, when I told you that John Gotti, Jr. had written a children's book? No one should ever have to read that, but here are Jezebel's picks for who else should give kid lit a try. What do you think?
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Some books can be truly harmful, though. Last week, commenter 'G' showed us an example of that -- a child-rearing book that had some fatal advice. Join the discussion here.
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I know that lots of people think librarians do nothing but read all day long. Really, we are far too busy for that. But a day where I could do nothing but read? Oh, that would be wonderful. And hey! There happens to be an official Do Nothing But Read Day coming up, on June 27.

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Another awesome teen event, this time in Kentucky. Tammy let me know that on July 31, the Marshall County Public Library is going back in time with a Renaissance Faire! Get ye to the library!
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OK, now for adults! From May 17 - September 4 check out RACE: Are We So Different? (sponsored by Mayo Clinic, hosted by Rochester (MN) Public Library). The Rochester Public Library has a whole series of community events in conjunction with the exhibit. (Thanks, Virginia!)
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So you say books are going to be obsolete, and smart money is on ebooks? Well, what about barcodes inside printed books that work like hyperlinks when photographed? One professor has made it happen. I think it's pretty cool, though I am skeptical as to how useful it would truly be.

I recently went to my husband's college reunion, and one of the things I love to do in a new town is check out their public library. And I have to say, the Princeton (NJ) Public Library kind of blew me away! Great architecture, lots of natural light, and a tile wall! See for yourself above and check out their amazing programs.
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The Princeton Library is a great example of what a modern library can look like. But some libraries are housed in gorgeous historical buildings. Here are some beautiful old libraries, complete with turrets!

Grinnell Public Library in Wappingers Falls, NY.

West Chester (PA) Public Library.

Jefferson Market Branch, New York Public Library.
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BoingBoing is the kind of site that librarians just love (and I know we're not alone in that) because it covers such a wide spectrum of curiosities. And I can tell that BoingBoing loves librarians, too. Here's a great recent column all about the Library of Congress' latest efforts at digitization, to share its collection with America. Because information wants to be free!
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Want to know more about how great librarians are? Check out this book. The author discovered this little-known secret while researching her previous book, about obituaries. Maybe I'm biased, but I'd say the subtitle nails it. Though I do hate the word 'cybrarian.'
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Let me hear from you! Email me to tell me what your library is doing, and I'll feature you in an upcoming column. Thanks!

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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