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At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

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Each week 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!

A while back we ran a profile of Bookmobiles. Here's a firsthand account of what an inspiring job it can be! Having been behind the wheel of one myself, I can tell you, they are certainly fun to drive, but they're not easy!
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A Bookmobile is just one kind of non-traditional library. What about a library in a mall? You can find one in Dallas, and it sounds like it's working pretty well. Would you be more likely to use a library if it were in a mall? What other non-traditional libraries have you stumbled across?

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Let's say you work in a library. What is the etiquette for interacting with patrons and colleagues? Situations can be tricky, but luckily, there's a blog for that! Here's what to do when a colleague is too enthusiastic about one genre.
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If you've ever thought about writing a book, especially a children's book, but aren't quite sure about the nitty-gritty of submitting to publishers or agents, well, luckily for you, there's a blog for that, too! Editorial Anonymous is a children's editor who has witty and information answers to all manner of questions. Here's a post that garnered this response: "The future is here for your SOULS!"
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Of course, you would only contact EA when your book is finished, or nearly so. What if you haven't written it yet? Need some help? Check out these pearls of wisdom from British author Philip Womack: "The vast majority of children have the literary sensibility of a dead snail and will read any old rubbish. Just look at the success of Stephenie Meyer and J.K Rowling." Wow, he's not pulling any punches there!
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In this wintry economic climate, libraries have to do all they can to stay relevant, including going to malls -- where the people are -- or risk further budget cuts. Libraries all across the country are reducing staff, hours, even closing some branches. You can see the grisly details at this website and get some tips on how to help stem the tide!
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But now on to more sartorial affairs. Need some new kicks? Here are two great sneakers inspired by children's literature. You can own Seuss Chucks or Percy Jackson Adidas and impress kids of all ages!
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Sneakers are great and all, but never forget: there is a dark side to literature. A Florida mom is blaming manga for her son's mental problems, and blaming the library for offering it! I feel for her and her family, but I think she's going a little too far.
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Aw, but who needs books, anyway? Not libraries! Or, engineering libraries, to be specific. Check out (ha! library pun!) this NPR piece about "bookless libraries." Is this the future of libraries?
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Our own Stacy Conradt ran a fun series of columns a while back, waxing nostalgic over the old kids' series that we all read. Now, from BuzzFeed, comes the ultimate smackdown: The Baby-sitters Club vs. Sweet Valley High. It's not even close, people, not even close.

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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