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At the Libraries: Librarians Save Lives

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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!

Wow – I had no idea you guys were ready for an e-reader debate! There were some really great comments from last week, so make sure you take a look. I myself am not ready for one, but I'd love to hear from those who use or eschew them!

And now, on to the good stuff:

Book burning has been much in the news lately. Is it ever okay to burn books? Well, in some cases, perhaps...
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Now it's time for everyone's favorite activity: book bashing! Totally different from book burning, of course. The New York Times asks, Which children's book do you hate? It seems pretty de rigueur to bash The Giving Tree, but I gotta say to all the haters out there: As a child, I loved it. Loved. It.
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Ever wonder what the best-selling books of all time are? See how many you can guess before clicking the link. (No Twilight yet!) HuffPo has a roundup.

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I actually saw the above on a great blog I read: Stephen's Lighthouse. A wonderful mix of libraries, technology, and education, this is a must-read for me! Anyone else read it? And check out this amazing desk that Stephen linked to – made out of recycled books!
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I wouldn't say that I myself work in a "sexually charged hostile work environment," but every library is different. And one Alabama librarian just can't take it anymore. There's a movie, or at least a YouTube flick, in this story!
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As we've seen, there are lots of library scenes on the silver screen. It'd be nice if someone compiled them all into categories. You know, like a librarian would. Well, your prayers have been answered—someone has! A tip of the hat to you, A.G. Graham! Into the Netflix queue!
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Here's your funny of the day, courtesy of Love the Liberry: "A woman commented—that was a good book, but man! the paperback was so much better!"
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Here's another role I bet you didn't know that librarians fulfill – emergency contacts! Yup, the NYPL created a crisis policy after fielding a call from the NYPD, trying to identify a girl threatening suicide whose only piece of identification was – you guessed it – her library card. We protect information AND lives!
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And, in the course of such protection, we might get cold. So, we might put on a cardigan. That does not make us old, hateful, and lonely, despite this Venn diagram suggesting otherwise. @saulpims, you are way off!
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Is this the next hot writer? He gets arrested in bookstores and his writing captures the "aimless malaise of the Internet generation." Everyone loves malaise! My library doesn't have his books yet, though, so I'll have to wait.

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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