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At the Libraries: Pimp Your Bookcart!

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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!

This one's for all the librarians out there! It's time for Unshelved's Pimp My Bookcart contest! Sadly, this is the contest's last year, so people will be going all out! Check out previous entries and get inspired!
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And for all those people who have asked, or thought about, library school, I say go for it! It wasn't that hard, to be honest, and then you get to have the best job in the world! So it's definitely worth 2 years (sometimes even 1 and a half) of your life. ALA has a map of all the accredited programs in the US -- take a peek and maybe we'll be colleagues someday!
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Reader James stepped up to the plate last week and sent me some library blogs that he enjoys (thanks, James!). Check out the Annoyed Librarian and see what's annoying her this week. Here's a preview: "As libraries gave up on serious readers, serious readers gave up on public libraries and public librarianship." Ouch!

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Another blog he sent over is the Swiss Army Librarian. Great name! He has already proven himself to be a great resource -- just the other day he told us about Alikewise, a dating site based on book preference! I don't know how compatible, as a couple, that would truly make you, but it's definitely intriguing!
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And courtesy of one of my favorite, consistently funny blogs, here's your Awful Library Book of the week: Petting: Wise or Otherwise? Yes, it's what you think it is.
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It looks like the gay-themed book that I mentioned last week, Revolutionary Voices, has been banned from another New Jersey library. NJ-ites, you've got to get on this!
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Because we haven't linked to Unshelved in a couple of minutes, here's Tuesday's strip:


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This just in from the (possibly) unnecessary-sequels department: Emma Thompson has been tapped to write a new Peter Rabbit story, and while I do like Emma Thompson, it just kind of leaves me wondering why...
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For those of you on Twitter (I myself don't tweet), commenter Tomas suggested a great librarian to follow: WVU Libraries. Scrolling through, I see lots of links to great articles, plus great advice, like this:


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And here's one more way to display your books, courtesy of the blog Things Organized Neatly. I wouldn't recommend doing this with library books, but with your own, hey, why not?

Here's a funny bit to end on, courtesy of Gale's Funny You Should Ask newsletter: "My mom sent me to the library to pick up this book." The note read: "Two six packs, Old Milwaukee tall" Poor kid!

If you follow a great library blog, site, or twitterer, please share it with me! 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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