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At the Libraries: Librarian-Themed Birthday Parties

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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!

Hey guys, I'm back! I missed you, and hope you've been having a great summer, and, of course, visiting your local library for some juicy summer reads. Anyone reading anything good these days?

Cutest party idea ever! If you have a bookish little boy or girl, consider a librarian-themed birthday party. One mom did an amazing job -- read all about it. (Thanks to Fuse #8 for the link!)
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Here is a great way to recycle old books; specifically, for those yellowed paperbacks: make a room divider!

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Next up in interior decorating, never run out of shelf space again in this house made out of bookshelves! Someday...
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A house made out of bookshelves is one thing, but how about a whole library? Yes, it's amazing, and it exists! This Japanese library is lined with bookshelves, inside and out!
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Product of the week: Do you have an e-reader, but miss the smell of physical books? Well, you just might need Smell of Books, an "aerosol e-book enhancer"!
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Are bookless libraries a "thing"? Should they be? I can see how they work for an engineering library, but a public library? I don't know about that... What do you guys say? We might need a lot of the Smell of Books spray to make it work.
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Turns out Bernie Madoff has been doing a lot of it in his now-copious free time. He's chosen the ouevre of James Michener, but The New York Times asks, what should he be reading?
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Maybe you're into more classic literature than Mr Madoff? And do you also enjoy drinking? Then here is the photo spread for you: Alcohol based on classic books!
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Here's a round-up of some recent articles about our wonderful profession, tattoos and all. Thanks to the ever-cranky, ever-entertaining Annoyed Librarian for putting it together.
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I know there are lots of librarians who read this column, so here's your chance to weigh in: are you a Library SCIENTIST or a Library ARTIST? The degree is in Library Science, but I'd say there's an art to what we do. And, as my political science professor used to say, if you have to add the word "science" to the end of a field, then it probably isn't one. Join the discussion.
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For those of you in redecorating mode, here are some great bookshelves to splurge on -- so cool!
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Last but not least, our Blog of the Month for July! Have you ever wished that book titles were a bit more descriptive? Then have we got the blog for you! Dan Wilbur at Better Book Titles does all the summarizing on this hilarious blog. Enjoy, and maybe find some more good stuff to read!

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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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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