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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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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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