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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