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At the Libraries: Barcode Books

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!

If you follow a great library blog, site, or Twitter account, 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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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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