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At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

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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!

Have you been meaning to learn more about this newfangled dance craze known as "disco"? Yeah, I thought so. Don't worry -- there's a book for that, possibly still on the shelves at a library near you! Better grab it before it gets weeded!
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Should you do personal grooming in public? What about, say, in a public library? I'll let the Librarian's Guide to Etiquette handle that controversial topic.
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Here's another endless subject to be debated over -- can kids read anything they want, or should they be steered toward quality books? I'm definitely of the "read what you like and you might like to read" camp -- check out some other opinions over on the New York Times. School summer reading lists seem to inspire this topic every year.

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Maybe you don't want to argue, but just reminisce about the books you loved as a child. There's a place for that, too! As part of a way to find some good books for her son, Susan Orlean is calling on us to send her our favorites. I have read most of these (well, it is my job) and I can tell that you Charlotte's Web can have a profound effect on kids and adults. Seriously, reread that one!
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But seriously folks, the library can be a dangerous place, and not just because of uptight parents. Just check out all the great books about taking your life into your hands if you work, or ever set foot, in a library.
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I love me a good domino rally. And one made of children's books combines two great loves of mine. Check out what is (possibly) the world's largest domino rally of children's books, brought to you by the kind (and possibly bored) folks at HarperCollins. The action starts at 01:56.

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But you know, there are so many great videos by or about librarians -- how could you choose just one? How about 9?! We've seen a few on this blog -- see the rest here.
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Everybody is now aware that libraries and librarians are the hot new thing right now. But let's say you don't want to wait two years to get the degree. How can you fake it? Dress the part, of course! Etsy has very helpfully put together clothes and accessories so you can look like us!
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Let's end with a mashup! Check out Winnie the Hulk!

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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