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At the Libraries: More Bookish Tattoos

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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, you guys really responded to last week's links about literary tattoos! Reader Melissa sent in some pics of her own.
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Someone else sent me this great blog: a compendium of literary tattoos! Lots of great stuff to look at, and maybe some inspiration for your own literary tattoo? I myself don't have one, but perhaps someday...
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We have a couple of cool libraries to feature this week! First, one in New York, that you can only access through the subway. A commuter's dream! As long as it's on your route, I suppose.

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And next, a vision of the future? An express library, with no librarians, no chairs, and hardly any books! Just boxes where pre-ordered books are waiting for you -- kind of like Amazon. Not everyone's into it, but what do you think? Would you use it?
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No matter how you design it, people really need libraries, especially now. The Economist has published one librarian's take on the rise in computer use at libraries.
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I know we have a lot of librarian readers out there -- here's a little game I found to test your Dewey knowledge! It was kind of easy for me, but if you work in an LC library, it could be tricky. Or, if you aren't a librarian at all. Take it and let me know how you do!
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There's a pretty cool event coming up at the Calvert (MD) Library tomorrow: Thinning the Veil. It's meant to be a spooky story open mic night, and costumes are definitely encouraged!
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And speaking of Halloween costumes, ewww! That's all I have to say about that.
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I love the New York Times Magazine column, The Ethicist, and I'm surprised at how frequently library issues come up. Here's another one (it's the second question), from a community college librarian: when students ask for help using a computer, should he also point out spelling errors? I myself never do, no matter how egregious. I just don't consider that my role. What do you think?
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For your budding readers, and future librarians? Check out this personal library kit, just for kids! After all, Christmas is only two months away.
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But for your personal librarian (me!), here's what I want for Christmas: this take on the Mr. Men and Little Miss books, but based on Mad Men. Check them out.


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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