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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September 22, 2010 - 10:00am
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