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At the Libraries: The Best Lists of the Best Books

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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!

Seems like there are a lot of amazing, artistic bookshelves out there. I love seeing their pictures, so if you ever stumble across one, please share. Here's a gorgeous one, though I would take issue with its practicality.
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Is one bookshelf photo not enough for you? How about a whole blog devoted to bookshelves? Yeah, that's more like it!
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Some good news after all the awful bullying business we've been hearing so much about lately: the ALA is creating the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. One guess as to what it honors. Yes, there are a lot of niche prizes out there, but I'm not going to quibble with this one. Maybe it will encourage more books in this genre.
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The Hunger Games craze thus summer may have died down some, but it's it'll heat up again once the movie opens. In the meantime, get your fix with tweets from the "real" Peeta: and HG quotes.

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Librarians, and library students, here is a very, very long article about why the US needs to start a digital library. I haven't had time to read it yet, so if you do, wanna summarize it for me in the comments? I'll submit your name for Librarian of the Year!
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What's this "Librarian of the Year" thing? No, it's not something that I made up, I promise. It's a real award, sponsored by Library Journal. Surely there is someone doing loads of good in your community who deserves national recognition. Um, gotta hurry, because the deadline is tonight!
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It's that time of year again, when editors' thoughts turn to "Best Books" lists, and people start leafing through bookshops looking for some great gifts. Publishers Weekly has put out their list of the best books, and, my personal favorite, best children's books. Which books have you read?
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The New York Times is doing it, too. Here's their holiday guide to the best illustrated children's books.
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Speaking of gorgeously illustrated children's books, surely you all know illustrator extraordinaire Maira Kalman. Well, check out this video, where she redecorates a media center in a public elementary school. Lucky school!
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Here's one more video for you to close out this week. Who could possibly compete with The Most Interesting Man in the World? Why, The Most Interesting Librarian in the World, that's who! Check out her story:

If you follow a great library blog, site, or twitterer, please share it with me! Send your tips to 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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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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