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At the Libraries: Librarian Stereotypes

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!

Stephen's Lighthouse pointed me to this great infographic about librarian stereotypes. See, I cut my hair short, so I couldn't even wear a bun if I wanted to! (Click to enlarge.)

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Can you handle more awesome bookshelves? They just don't stop coming -- check these amazing ones out.
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And now for a few amazing libraries. The first one, in Germany is just about the coolest design I've ever seen. I kind of want to live there.
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You used to have to wait a while for a book to come out in paperback (and thus be affordable), but now that process is being accelerated, thanks to e-books.
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Wow, that NYPL, what will they do next? They keep bringing on the good news. This week, they are granting amnesty to kids who owe overdue fees.
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Forgiving fines isn't all we do! Participate in this week's Library Day in the Life Project and share the ups and downs of your week. With all these heat waves bringing people through our doors, I'm sure you guys have had plenty of excitement.
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Speaking of heat waves, New York City has designated cooling centers for citizens to seek relief, and one of them is a library. Too bad the folks working there didn't know that. Read The Awl's funny piece about seeking cool air on a hot day.
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Here's a different kind of library (and not a free one!): a pop-up art installation that will recommend books after talking to you.
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But if you can't make it to Tokyo in time (it closes July 31, so you'd have to move fast), try this website. Enter the name of an author you like, and it gives you suggestions for other writers to try. Sounds a lot like what I do all day, but, you know, less personalized.
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Ever look at an old children's book and think ugh, what a disastrously ugly cover? Trust me, this happens all the time when I reach for a classic on my library's shelves. Travis over at 100 Scope Notes is taking on the Newbery winners from way back and re-imagining the covers, with some great results. Take a gander at his work so far.
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It seems like a lot of people want to tweak publisher's official cover art -- and who could blame them? Here's a blog devoted to highlighting new cover art for children's books, with some really beautiful stuff.
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That's all for this week, friends. Thanks for reading, and email me if you have any exciting library news to report! Also, next week it's time for August's Blog of the Month. If you have some ideas, holla!

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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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