At the Libraries: Reshelving 25,000 Books

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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!

All librarians get patrons who like to share bits about their lives with us. Like, say, in this instance: "Old Man: Do you have books on essential body oils? Like the kind I buy in the store and put on my arms? I put some in my soup the other day and it sure didn't taste good. I put a lot of things in my soup." (Via Love the Liberry.)
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Let's put it all into perspective, though. The TRUE librarian nightmare is stacks falling over and books going all over the place. I'm sorry to report that it actually happened, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. No one was hurt, but "25,000 books need to be put back in order and reshelved." Ahhh!!! [Image credit: Terre Haute Tribune-Star.]
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Ever wonder how many books there really are in the world? (Titles, not copies.) Think you could Google it? Well, you can! Because Google decided that they know. Find the answer and read how they came up with it here.
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But, as Huffington Post happily reminds us, there's a lot of crap books out there you shouldn't waste your time reading. If you enjoy a way-harsh takedown some celebrated authors, check out HuffPo's latest punching bags. Guess whom this sentence describes: "Third-rate Pynchon desperate to impress with quantity rather than quality." Jonathan Safran Foer and Jumpha Lahiri, don't read this!
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But if you prefer to read for pleasure and not necessarily for literary value, well, here's a way to add more pleasure: Jezebel's reading-drinking game! When reading Raymond Chandler: "Drink every time someone drinks."
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Farewell, libraries? Newsweek sounds yet another death knell. I haven't had the stomach to read it yet -- tell me if it's good news or bad news!
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Well, libraries have a back-up plan if we don't shelve books anymore: job-hunting centers! Free internet, printing ability, great resources, supersmart people -- why not? Check out a possible prototype from the Bay Area.
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Come out of the closet, my fellow Young Adult book-readers! The New York Times has made it okay to admit that you like children's and teen books. Grab your copies of Mockingjay (http://www.amazon.com/Mockingjay-Final-Book-Hunger-Games/dp/0439023513) and hold them up with pride!
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Speaking of pride, do you have a local librarian that you are proud of? Someone who you know does an outstanding job (besides me, of course!)? Well, show them that you care by nominating them for the I Love My Librarian award. Winners get $5,000 cash! (Okay, so I changed my mind -- you should nominate me!)
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Last week we talked about investing in some library fashion. Well, one thing I wear all the time, because of both the fluctuating temperatures in the library and how sweaty I get at Storytime, is a cardigan, n'est pas. But let's say you want the look of a cardigan, but it's not cool enough to warrant one? Here's the Million Dollar Idea from kidlit blogger 100 Scope Notes: the cardigan t-shirt. Here's one mockup, but there are plenty more on his site, just waiting for you to buy one!
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Oh, the glorious things one can find on the internet. But you know there's always more out there -- if you follow a great library blog, site, or twitterer, please share it with me! I need more updates in my life! Hit me at atthelibraries@gmail.com or here in the comments.

See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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