At the Libraries: Bookshelf Porn

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Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

Ah, the many issues that can divide a couple -- he likes e-books, she prefers print. Will they ever make it work?
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Since I work in a library, I already feel like I have every book at my fingertips, so an e-reader just isn't practical for me. In fact, I don't know anyone who has truly transitioned 100% to e-books -- do you? Are you one of them? Please share your perspective with us!
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If you do get an e-book reader, what can you do with all of your old books? Why, turn them into fabulous jewelry, of course! Check out these amazing pieces by Littlefly. Or, you could turn them into book sculptures. Either way, they are gorgeous additions to your home or wardrobe!

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Maybe books aren't on the way out, but what about the publishing industry? Publishers are struggling, and here's some more bad news: marketing guru Seth Godin is giving up on them! "Mr. Godin plans to release subsequent titles himself in electronic books, via print-on-demand or in such formats as audiobooks, apps, PDFs and podcasts." Could this be the future?
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Reading on the wane? Not in this teen's life! Brittany Lopez, 14, won the NYPL's contest by reading a whopping 325 books this summer! She'll go far, especially with an attitude like this: "It helps your creativity. It's not only for entertainment, it helps your knowledge." Congratulations, Brittany! There were some other winners, too -- check out the round-up here.
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Three weeks ago it was book cover voyeurism. This week? Bookshelf Porn. Feast your eyes!
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Friends, I do Storytime every week, and I like to think that I do it well. But I am no Zach Galifianakis. I would have loved to see him reading to kids at his hometown library in North Wilkesboro, NC, this summer! [Image credit: Jerry Lankford/The Record.]
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You can do a lot with Twitter, as Kanye West proves to us again and again. But did you ever think you could write a cihldren's book via Twitter? No? Maybe you should think like NBA player Da'Sean Butler -- he just did it! But I'll save your some money -- you can read the whole thing here. Now get tweeting!
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Every librarian has seen it: the dreaded bowel movement that is not in the toilet where it belongs, but in a book, on the shelves, or just somewhere it really has no right to be. Check out one librarian's essay on his library's "Poo Bandit" and you might just get hooked on a new blog.
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A bunch of libraries are renting out electricity meters to gauge how much power your home uses. Pretty cool idea -- I wish my system had one!
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We recently found out there was going to be a new Peter Rabbit tale (although the why was never properly explained). This week, The Little Prince goes graphic. Could be good, could be ... weird. Who knows?

If you follow a great library blog, site, or twitterer, please share it with me! Hit me at atthelibraries@gmail.com or leave me a comment. See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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