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At the Libraries: Keith Richards, Library Savior

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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!

Do you love perusing all those year-end "Best of" lists? If you do and are looking to find pretty much every single list out there, look no further than Largehearted Boy's archive.
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When you think of libraries, you think of Keith Richards, right? Of course! And one library is on a quest to have Keith Richards visit them. This video gets a little weird, I'm not gonna lie, but it's a pretty adorable way to increase awareness of the trouble libraries are in these days. Keith, don't make a grown woman cry!

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Speaking of libraries' poor economic situation, I know I haven't gotten a raise in a few years (but I'm very happy to still have a job!). Maybe we could start putting out tip jars to increase income? (Random Question: What's the strangest place you've seen a tip jar?)
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Here's a fun new blog with a very simple tagline: "I read books and then design new covers for them." Here's just one great example (at left).

The very last Pimp My Bookcart contest is closed, and you can view the entries here. Which is your favorite? I'm leaning toward the Biblioburro myself...
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How hard is it to find a library job these days? Let's hear from the Lipstick Librarian: "My ego was slammed against a contiguous wall of rejection letters and ludicrously defined positions looking for a MLS."
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If you ever doubt that Harry Potter is a huge cultural landmark for our time, well, don't. There is at least one weekly story about something HP-related, whether a movie is being released or not. Last week it was owls disappearing from India, and this week, it's a stolen HP book worth £6,000!
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A reader (thanks, Liz!) alerted me to this great library blog: Library Sleevefacing. They clearly enjoy their jobs over at Bowling Green. Why don't people ever sleeveface with books? Now that would be perfect!
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Last but certainly not least, there's a great bookstore that is managing to do the seemingly-impossible: sell books that have been banned. In Jordan. A brave man, indeed.

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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