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At the Libraries: 50 Books Every Child Should Read

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!

We saw a lot of great libraries a few weeks ago, but the Open Air Library in Germany is truly something special.
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Remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? You might have seen the Disney movie, but originally, it was a book — a book written by Ian Fleming! — and now, it will have a sequel. A few, in fact. Maybe this isn't really necessary, but Frank Cottrell Boyce has signed on, so it might not be so bad.
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So that's a sequel update, but here's a prequel: Patricia MacLachlan (of Sarah, Plain and Tall fame) has agreed to write a story detailing the beginnings of The Boxcar Children. It's official: there are no more new ideas.
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British folks have different cultural touchstones and opinions, but really, every child should read Swallows and Amazons? I tried to read that one a few months ago and couldn't get through it. Okay, so this is an Anglo-centric list of books every child should read. What would you add (or omit)?

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Shelley Jackson has come up with an interesting way to "write" a book -- by tattooing it, one word per person, on people's skin. It's taken many years, and she still isn't finished, but you can view her progress (and sign up!) here.
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I am excited to be able to feature one of my favorite blogs, despite it not having anything to do with books. Have you guys seen (and fallen in love with) Scanwiches? Makes me drool, and now they are coming out with a book, huzzah!
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Wonder what J.K. has been up lately? Well, College Humor got their hands on some rough drafts and lucky you, they posted them.
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OMG, OED! Looking for a desperate way to stay relevant, the Oxford English Dictionary has declared abbreviations to be words worthy of inclusion. Cue the fall of civilization.
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I've just got to link to this mental_floss post from Monday -- "Do You Anger Bookstore Employees?" Switch "bookstore" to "library" and we have pretty much the same set of complaints (but with more homeless people, I'd guess).
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Although you think your customers or patrons are bad? At least they aren't convicted murderers. Here's the story of one librarian making a difference in a prison library -- and I love her philosophy!
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Don't forget -- I'm taking nominations for our next Blog of the Month, so let me know what your favorite book or library blogs are! Send your tips to atthelibraries@gmail.com.
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And, maybe you didn't know, but National Library Week will soon be upon us! It's April 10-16 and this year's theme is "Create Your Own Story." Check out your local library to see what they are doing to celebrate!

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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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