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At the Libraries: What Are Books Good For?

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Every week, 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!

The question: What are Books Good For? And, the response: Will Technology Kill Book Publishing? Not Even Close (Says a publisher). Guys, duke it out in the comments! I myself think this debate is getting a bit tired.
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Oh, New York Times. I do read you quite faithfully, but sometimes the gray lady is a bit too quick to report on a "trend." In this case, it's the death of the picture book, as parents push younger and younger children into reading chapter books. I think, if anything, picture books will grow — think about those gorgeous illustrations on an iPad! But that's just my opinion.
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You know, I lived in New York City once, when I was young and energetic and went to bars a lot. On the whole, I don't miss it, but there are times when I wish I still lived there, because there is always something amazing going on. For example: The children's and teen authors' Battle of the Bands! If you go, please take pictures!

But I've never lived in Detroit, and never really thought about it. Given the awesome events that the Detroit Public Library is cooking up, I might just change my mind! They have an upcoming Mark Twain event, and I can't believe I missed the MC Lyte event! Did any m_f readers make it to that one?

Yee-ow! We've heard from unemployed MLSs here before, and my heart goes out to them — this is a terrible economy to find a job in. But Annoyed Librarian takes another tactic: tough love. Check out this brutally honest (or just brutal?) advice to an aspiring librarian.
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This has been all over the kid lit blogs that I read, and I definitely wanted to share it with you. Say what you will about Harry Potter (I am a fan!), but J.K. Rowling sure can plot. Check out her handmade spreadsheet plotting out one of the books. Can you figure out which one?
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You might not want to know, but here's a list of seven authors who wrote in the buff. I don't know how this trivia stuff comes about, but somehow, it does.
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It wasn't a shoe; in fact, it wasn't meant to be a protest at all. A man recently threw a book at President Obama, but not to make a point, merely so the POTUS would read it. Um, nice try?
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We saw the world's most expensive book — now here's the world's largest book, on sale! What'll you give for it?
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And, for today's latest complaint, a dad at Storytime gets a bit more attention than he expected. Readers, was it too much, or is he being too sensitive? We get a few dads now and then, and I don't sound a clarion call or anything. My favorite is when both parents come, actually! He gets some tough love in the comments, so be sure to check those out.

See you next week!

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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