At the Libraries: Barcode 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!

Now here's what I like to see when people talk about "the future of the book": a barcode-readable book. Amazing!

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James Frey's latest literary crime? Starting a factory to churn out YA novels until he hits on the next Twilight. Let me tell you, there are already enough bad YA books out there; we definitely don't need more!
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Why are owls disappearing from India? Blame Harry Potter, of course!
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Think you have a beautiful library? Consider this list of the Top 25 College Libraries. It's hard for a public library to compete with these cathedral-like buildings, but I'd love it if someone compiled a similar list for public libraries!
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It's not exactly what I ordered, but here's a description of some public libraries with great gaming areas. My library doesn't have a "gaming area," but sometimes we put out board games! Although I don't think that's what they mean...
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But how else is a library to stay relevant in this tech-obsessed world, if they don't have a game area? Here are a few ideas you could try, including adding games. Not everyone is amused, though: "'If you want to have game rooms and Ping-Pong tables and God knows what — poker parties — fine, do it, but don't pretend it has anything to do with libraries," said Michael Gorman, a former president of the American Library Assn.
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Well, you can't argue against e-books being part of a library's mission, can you? My library doesn't lend e-readers, but does "lend" e-books, which I'm sure is happening in plenty of other locales. Maybe you'll get an e-reader for the holidays?
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You know, I just love how kids' books pop up in the most unexpected places! It just goes to show how influential what we read at an early age is. Check out this great web comic and see if it brings back memories for you.
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Or maybe it just reminds you of a recent m_f quiz?
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Speaking of quizzes, see if you can guess which famous works have been renamed by McSweeney's to increase traffic.
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Ever not liked a book? Yeah, me either, but don't do this!

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