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At the Libraries: The Most Expensive Book

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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!

Get your checkbooks ready – the world's most expensive book is going up for sale. Any guesses as to what it is? Here's a hint at left.
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The how-great-are-they-really debate is not over about e-books, but you have to admit, even if you don't own one, it would be pretty cool to use one on an airplane. One person who heard the idea was inspired to paraphrase Dr. Seuss!
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The Dutch have come up with another cool way to incorporate books and travel: libraries in airports! I think the logistics would be tricky, but the idea has some great potential! Thanks to Bookninja for another awesome link!
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If you've always wondered what kind of adults Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield would turn into, well, wonder no more! The Sweet Valley Twins are back in a new series, ten years later. The issues are much more, um, adult, according to this article, where "chapter one alone contains two instances of the word 'orgasm.'" Yikes!
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Maybe your library should have no books at all! UT San Antonio is experimenting with that with their engineering library, and they aren't the only ones. Is this THE FUTURE?

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Here are two beautiful bookstores that are on my must-visit list, for my next NYC trip. If you live in the area, check them out for yourself! The OHWOW Book Club, below left, is "pocket-sized" but beautiful. And of course, you know Marc Jacob's store, below right, would be gorgeous.

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The latest scandal in the book world isn't Jonathan Franzen's novel getting the Oprah treatment again (although, really?), it's a book deal that was a bit too absurd to be true: a six-year-old with a 23-book contract. US and UK news outlets reported the hoax as true. Um, fact-checking, anyone?
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HuffPo always enjoys sparking controversy, and this article is no exception: What should we (whoever "we" is) do about classic kids books that are, well, racist? Little Black Sambo is the first example that comes to my mind. Should these books be revised? Ignored? Used as a learning tool? It's a sticky question indeed.
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If you are in North Carolina looking for something to do, look no further than the Annual Storytelling Festival in Wake County. Professional storytellers will tell stories for all ages in the beautiful, pastoral setting of Oak View County Park. Enjoy sunshine and a story or two this weekend!
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Yale's Law Library has a pretty awesome exhibit right now – The courtroom as represented in comics! Sounds like a lot of fun.
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How not to censor a book, courtesy of the U.S. Government. Um, good job, guys?
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And here's your regular does of librarians-making-videos. Don't worry, we will survive!

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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