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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!

Well faithful readers, I am back from the ALA conference in our nation's capital. I saw Russell Freedman, Avi, Kadir Nelson, and Carolyn Mackler, to name a few authors. Of course, I missed Mo Willems and the Ace of Cakes guy. I did get to meet Super Chicken Nugget Boy, so that was a highlight. At the end of this week's column, you'll find the little video I made at ALA. Hope you like it! If you watch until the end you will see the reaction of a USA fan upset by the results of the World Cup game -- I was pretty happy I caught that on tape! [Photo courtesy of Flickr user leis18.]
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A reader turned me on to a great blog called Love the Liberry, filled with ridiculous questions public librarians are asked. Here's a recent post:

Concerns

High school guy-- I have some concerns about the computer.
Me-- What sorts of concerns?
HSG-- It won't type Roman numerals.
Me-- What number are you trying to type?
HSG-- 2.
Me-- I tell him you just need to type two capital i's.
HSG-- I did the capital i, but it wasn't happenin.

The tagline is "Stranger than fiction...we couldn't possibly make these things up." All in a day's work!

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Want to write a book, but having trouble finding ideas? Look to BoingBoing! One writer did, and ended up with a hilarious new book. I read it -- it's great! Author Tom Angleberger was at ALA, but I didn't get to see him. Bummer.
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Did you ever read Flat Stanley as a kid? It's about a kid who gets flattened but has great adventures, including being mailed around the world. A teacher was inspired, and The Flat Stanley Project has been going strong ever since. Make your own Flat Stanley and bring him on vacation with you!
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Flat Stanley, at the end of the day, is really just a piece of paper. The Duraleigh Road Library in Raleigh, NC, has an actual bunny (okay, it's stuffed) that you can take on vacation with you. The idea is to take a photo with Bunny in an exotic locale (even if it's just the next town over). Here's a photo of Bunny ready for a road trip!
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There was a booth at ALA that had a raffle for an iPad. Of course, I entered and madly crossed my fingers (no luck). But here's the iPad ad, refigured for public libraries. I don't need an iPad, I just want one—but we all need public libraries!
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We've seen a lot of gorgeous domestic libraries lately, but how about going global? Here are a couple state libraries -- you can see how different they all are architecturally, but I'm sure their missions are all similar!

In Vienna...

...and in Greece.
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We've got another Newport! Tracy in Colorado pointed out that the Jackson County (AR) Library in Newport is doing great stuff this summer, and I can't help but agree. Ginormous Bubbles? (opens PDF) I'm sold!
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A call to arms, perhaps? The President of the New York Public Library, Paul LeClerc, argues at HuffPo that now more than ever, people need public libraries, and usage is up. Agree or disagree here.
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Like Jane Austen? Of course you do! If you're near the Sacramento (CA) Public Library, be sure to check out their series, How Austentatious!, going on now through November.
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Keep sending me your library's upcoming events, and any other library stuff you want to share. And if you have some great pics from ALA, I'd love to see those, too!

(And I feel compelled to mention that while I was working on this post this afternoon, a nine-year-old girl peed at the kids' desk in my library, because she couldn't hold it any longer. Poor thing. Not the first time, friends, and certainly not the last.)
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And now, here's what I saw at ALA:

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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