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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!

Last week I showed you some photos of very lovely libraries. Not to be outdone, Kate from the Cumberland (RI) Public Library shared some pictures of her library, which used to be a Cistercian Monastery. Hard to compete with that!
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The Newport Beach (CA) Public Library has some great events coming up as well. Check out their "What's Cooking?" series for cooking tips and recipes: Apricot & Prosciutto Finger Sandwiches or Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries and Basil, anyone?
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Check out some Literary Flicks at the Newport (OR) Public Library.

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Over on the other side of the country, the Newport (RI) Public Library is having their annual fundraising event on August 1. It promises to be a swanky affair with wine, hors d'ouvres, and a silent auction.
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And rounding out our Newport round-up, the Newport News (VA) Public Library has lots of great programs coming up, including a magic show! Oh, how I loved magic shows when I was little. Check out their schedule here. If there's another Newport, let me know and I'll include it next week!
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From the crazy files: "Police arrested Joy L. Cassidy Sunday after she allegedly pulled through the drive-thru of the Ada County library and poured an entire jar of mayonnaise into the box designated for books." Thanks to commenter Steven for the tip. I've seen photos, W-2s, and gift cards, but no food stuffs, thankfully. Librarians, what crazy stuff have you seen returned in books?
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Okay tweens and teens of Calvert County, MD: your chance to be Calvert's Idol is here! Submit your application by July 23 and you could win the opportunity to record a demo and have a professional photo shoot. Launch your career—this PDF has the details.
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Does your daughter like the Fancy Nancy books? They aren't my favorite, but you'll want to be familiar with them before the Nintendo game comes out. The Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! video game encourages girls to set up the fanciest tea party as possible. What a goal!
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Are you aware of the genre known as Wizard Rock (Wrock for short)? It's rock music inspired by the Harry Potter books. And while there are no more Potter books being written, there are plenty of active bands paying tribute to Harry's world. The most famous is Harry and the Potters, and let me tell you, they put on a great show. Here's their tour schedule—they often play in libraries! Here's a song about the day Harry found out he was a wizard:

But Harry and the Potters is just one of many, many other Wrock bands. Good old Calvert County, MD, has a Wrock show coming up, and so do two libraries in Wake County, NC. If you aren't close to either, check out this website, which collects Wrock information in one handy place.
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Fellow librarians! I will be at the American Library Association's Annual Conference this weekend, mostly cruising the exhibition hall. If you see me, say hi! I'll have a quick recap of the madness in next week's column.

Email Miss Kathleen to let her know what your library is up to—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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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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