At the Libraries: Checking Out Humans

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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!

Sure, all the libraries have books, but wouldn't it be cool if you could check out actual humans, and find out what it's like to be them? There is such a thing, called the Human Library, and Toronto Public Library has a program that sounds great!
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But Canadian libraries can be dangerous places. A reader sent me this true story about a man who died after being shot with a crossbow at the Main Street library in Toronto. Turns out it was a family drama.

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This might be something that only a Red Sox fan would be interested in, but Kevin Youkilis has a book club for kids. Kids write an essay and pledge to read books, and are eligible for lots of cool prizes. Take a gander and Cowboy Up!
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What would it be like if you had to spend a week in the library? That's the premise of this rather entertaining film trailer. Sadly, it's for an imaginary film, but maybe one day?
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Banned book update: the ever-popular-to-ban Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is back on the chopping block. Apparently, the depictions of rape in the book struck one objector as "soft pornography." Hmm, really?
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A few weeks ago we highlighted some beautiful libraries. Well, here are some pretty amazing bookstores that kinda put those buildings to shame.
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Yale University is getting a great donation this holiday season: archival material from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defender documenting their struggle to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts.
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But did you hear about the LGBT books at Harvard that were vandalized—with pee? (Classy, huh?)
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Don't know what to get for the librarian in your life? Check out 100 Scope Notes' Lump of Coal Gift Guide for some great ideas. Who wouldn't want a scarily-lifelife doll based on a random Harry Potter character?
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But what would you get a "super-librarian"? This woman can figure out a book that any kid will like -- quite a skill!

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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December 22, 2010 - 6:34pm
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