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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!

Have you guys heard about this UCLA library rant? Yeah, not so nice. The chancellor has even stepped in. There are lots of other response videos posted on YouTube. Wouldn't want to be that girl right now!
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Do you remember the Mr. Men and Little Miss books, by Roger Hargreaves? They are back, and it looks like they finally have the reviewer they deserve! One Hamilton Richardson has reviewed several on Amazon and has some impressive insight, such as "Hargreaves may well pay homage to Kafka and Orwell in this work, but he also goes beyond them." Indeed!
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And another childhood favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is now a part of a national anti-obesity campaign. Yes, he does indeed eat a lot, but there's a lesson here, just in time for National Nutrition Month (oh, didn't you know? March is NNM).
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A new library opening right now is definitely a cause for celebration! But this library is especially exciting -- take a peek at the "library of the future" right here!

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Literary tattoos is another category that continues to impress me. Some of these tattoos are serious commitments!
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Just when I think I've exhausted the links of people making art with books, I am wowed once again. Feast your eyes on this amazing list.
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Funny or Die has a great collection of videos, and now they are expanding their empire! This definitely sounds promising. Look for their first title this summer.
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Get your geek on while supporting the libraries you love at this great website. Come on, you read this column, so I know you know how to get your geek on, and I am right there with you!
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And back to childhood books, I'm sure you are all familiar with Shel Silverstein. He may have died in 1999, but that hasn't stopped new books of his from coming out. A while back, we had Runny Babbit. Now there's another "new" book coming out in September. He's the Tupac of kidlit!
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We may have missed World Book Day (March 2, apparently), but these cookies must be seen. What delicious creativity! (By the by, Owl Babies is one of my favorites, if you happen to have young children.)
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I'm always up for a photo list of amazing libraries, aren't you? Here are some real beauties. Anyone ever been to one of these? (Thanks Sara!)

Don't forget to nominate your favorite blogs for our At the Libraries Blog of the Month! I'll announce my new favorite next week. Send your tips to atthelibraries@gmail.com. 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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