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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 library-related items. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a comment!

Last week the Old Spice Guy was all over YouTube, responding to tweets in some pretty funny short videos. And, of course, we had some about libraries! Check out the hilarity here:

And see a library spoof that's definitely worth your time:

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Also last week, in this very column, I told you about Percy Jackson Adidas that could be yours. But maybe owning the sneakers isn't enough -- maybe you really want to BE a half-blood. Well guess what? There's a summer camp where you can pretend you are!
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Upset about budget cuts at your local library? Here's a nice way to get a local government's attention -- a Read In as a protest! If you go to one, please send me pictures!
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And now, for our feel-good story for this week, involving a seven-year-old boy, a lemonade stand, and a dream. A dream of a library that has Mo Willems books aplenty. Gavin was inspired to read the Elephant and Piggie books by his former librarian in North Carolina. Reader, I was that librarian, and I couldn't be prouder of Gavin! His new library is lucky to have such a family as their patrons!
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Bookmobiles are always a popular topic for librarians. Here is one proud library system, Tulsa City-County, and their Bookmobile website. Click through for Bookmobile photos past, present, and .. future?
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People often use libraries as platforms to advertise their beliefs. Two organizations in New Hampshire did just that, putting bookmarks in thousands of books. Um, without asking permission. The bookmarks, once discovered, were removed, but a lot more people probably know about The School Sucks Project and Freedomain Radio now.
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Have you ever wondered, how on earth could someone believe that? Sometimes all it takes to understand another person's opinion is a good conversation, but how often does that happen? Well, the aim of Human Library is to foster such understanding: Users can chat with "people on loan": volunteers of diverse ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. Kind of fascinating, huh? I'd love to do it in my library! Would you sign up?
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A lot of folks decide to read a book based on the quotes they see on a book's cover, usually by another author. These 'blurbs' are commonplace in publishing, but do they really influence book buying? And can they sometimes be guilty of hyperbole? Yes and yes! Check out Salon's coverage of how a recent, possibly exaggerated, blurb inspired a competition to outdo the blurber.
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Kids say the darnedest things! Here's one conversation with one kid who has two wacky things to say:

Boy: Are you Asian?
Me: Yes.
Boy: I could tell.
Me: How?
Boy: Your eyes.
Me: My eyes? Not my hair? Or my fingernails? Or my ears?
Boy: Your eyes. Because we're Asian too, see. [Solemnly lifts up bangs to show me his eyes.] We desperately really need the book Strega Nona. I noticed that it's supposed to be available at this library, but it's not on the shelf. I assume someone didn't put it back. Kids these days. [Rolls eyes.]
Me: Wait...how old are you?
Boy: 7.

See you all next week! As always hit me with suggestions via email or in the comments below!

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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