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At the Libraries: What Character Would You Invite to a Holiday Meal?

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!

Gift-giving season might be over, but here's something to stock up on for next year (or for yourself!): just about the coolest bookends ever. Stephen's Lighthouse, as usual, has the scoop.
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Um, what? A town is waiting for its library director to come back once he finishes his stint in jail. Pelham, NH, you've got some explaining to do!
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Here's a great question to ask as we look back on awesome, awful, or awkward family holiday gatherings: What literary character would you invite for a holiday meal? Hmm, I think the Cat in the Hat would certainly spice things up!

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This book wormhole is both amazing and scary. I can't look at it too long; it's triggering my fear of heights!
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Folks just get more and more inventive with books. Here are some amazing landscape carvings. You've gotta see them to understand what that means, trust me. (Thanks to my husband for the link!)
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Wow, what a lucky and talented nurse! This story should encourage us all to finish (or start?) those novels...
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And once you do, publish it yourself! Who cares what those mean old publishers say, you can still draw people to your book. Here are some tips on getting your book into public libraries and in front of readers. I have to say I concur with most of it -- excellent advice.
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E-books might be all the rage these days, but book lovers' passion will never die! Maybe it will even increase?
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It's a new year and a new month, so time to highlight a new blog! Our January blog of the Month is a sweet (and searchable) collection of epigraphs, very appropriately called Epigraphic. Go on and check it out, even submit one if the fancy strikes! (Thanks, Emily!)
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Here's a joke to end on. Hopefully it brings a smile to your face, like it did mine!
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Thanks for reading, and happy 2012, y'all! Don't forget to email me any great library or literary news that you have.

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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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