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At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of library-related items. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

Libraries are the hot new thing, at least according to that arbiter of popular culture, NPR. I've always thought a TV show set in a public library, a la The Office, would be hilarious! And cupcakes are definitely over.
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I mean, come on, look what an impact reading has on Tracy Morgan!
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Best headline ever: Boys trail girls in reading; can fart jokes help? If you've ever met a boy between the ages of 4 and 12, you've got to know that the answer is yes! We cannot keep good old Captain Underpants on the shelf at my library, they are so popular!

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Smories is one of the cutest web projects I've seen in a while -- stories written for kids, read by kids. They specialize in unpublished writers so maybe you'll be seeing the first works of the next Dr. Seuss or Mo Willems someday! Here's one: How Granpa Lost His Teeth. Now you just have to know, don't you?
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Remember when we talked about libraries in malls? That garnered a lot of attention, and here's another report declaring them "wildly successful." Read all about it. Thanks, Sara!
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Did you guys see the big news from last week, that Amazon sold more Kindle books than hardcovers? Cah-razee! But did you see the spoof? Kindles can be such bullies.
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But seriously, guys. Speaking of ebooks, my library is going to start offering them in a few weeks. I'm very curious to see what the response will be like. Some public libraries are going further and actually scanning their own collections for digital archives. Is this the future of books?
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Delaware makes it official: Summer Reading Programs are not only awesome, but they also increase kids' test scores and school participation the following year. And if Delaware says it, you know it's got to be true. Go libraries!
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Libraries can also help by keeping kids off of the streets in the summertime. Parents dropping off kids can be a tricky issue for libraries, but this article explores the good side. And, look, call me hardhearted, but I would never do this: "In one case, the librarian keeps bread, peanut butter and jelly on hand so he can share his lunch with children who say they are hungry." Would you?

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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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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