Why Do We Need Libraries?

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Each 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!

Books as a decorative theme -- there's always something new to see! Here's a great picture a reader shared recently. You can see more great mosaics here.
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Controversy of the week: a high school English teacher has written "adult" novels, and that makes some parents pretty upset. Watch the news clip. Doesn't seem so criminal to me!
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Jennifer Egan just won the Pulitzer Prize, but did she also just start a little female-authors catfight?
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Question of the week, which was asked by reader Ryan under another mental_floss post: why do we need libraries? Here's his whole comment:

"I’m not trying to be inflammatory here, but WHY do we need libraries? We don’t have video stores any more what with Netflix, redbox and streaming movies. I admit, I like libraries too as I’m a big reader, but it seems ridiculous to keep spending tax money on something that’s become obsolete, just because I like it."

Looking forward to reading your responses.

You want the future of the book? Well here it is! This is pretty much the best example I've seen of an "interactive" book. Wait for the magic at the 2:40 mark.
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You must check out this great ad campaign from a Lithuanian bookshop: Become someone else. Well done!
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Is this the future of reading? There are books in them there clouds!
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Or, if you are tied to the ole printed-and-bound book, check out this unique marketing scheme. Wish I could go. If you have been, please let me know!
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But back to TED talks -- there are so many, how do you know which ones are worthwhile? Try this post on for size: 5 TED Talks Librarians Should Watch.
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Here's a fun video to end with, and a great idea of what to do with all those leftover or unwanted books -- make a xylophone!
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Don't forget! We are still collecting photos of your own libraries! Email me the pictures of your personal library, or the library you use most (AtTheLibraries@gmail.com) and we’ll compile them as a special post soon. See previous editions of At the Libraries here.

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