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At the Libraries: The Men of the Stacks

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Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

Everyone loves baby photos — here's a collection of famous writers as kids. So cute!

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I first saw this piece on The M Word a few days ago, but now it is all over the internets. What library news item could cause such a sensation? Oh, just a little calendar called The Men of the Stacks. Yup, a male librarian calendar. Christmas shopping: done! You are welcome.


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The Nobel Literature Prize will be announced today! It's always exciting, and it looks like this year there are two top contenders. Who do you think deserves it?
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I love to travel and read (and, of course, read while I travel), so these literary hotels are basically my dream combination. Which one sounds best to you? I'm thinking Greece myself...
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What a great idea, fellow librarians! Next Wednesday is the 4th annual Work Like a Patron Day, where we do our best to use the library the way a patron would, including following all of our rules! I would be so busted on the "no food or drink" one — I eat at the public desk all the time!
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Banned Books week is over, but you should still check out this great video of Ray Bradbury talking about how important libraries were to him. It'll make you feel good (especially if you're a librarian)!
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A library thief gets busted in this true crime story from the streets of New York City!
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Budget cuts closed this town's library, but they fought back! Its future is uncertain, but Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls, RI, has some big fans helping to keep it open. If you're feeling generous, go on and donate.
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Do you read children's books, even though you aren't a child anymore? Could be you are yearning for a simpler time, according to one academic. Or it could be because they are better!
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Time for the October Blog of the Month! I know you have all been clamoring to know on whom the honor has been bestowed. And this month it is The Shrinking Librarian! I hope this "shy violet" doesn't mind being chosen. I just love her collection of library and book links, and I think you will, too. Enjoy!
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Thanks for reading, and I will see you guys next week! Don't forget to email me if you have something great to share about your library!

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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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