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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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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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