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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