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At the Libraries: Panem Geography

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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!

Here are two great links for everyone who's excited about The Hunger Games movie. First, a possible rendering of Panem. I live in either the wilderness or, yikes, District 12. How about you? Thanks to our Blog of the Month (teaser!) for the link.
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Second, the question on everyone's lips: Who will win... The Hunger Games Nail Art Game? Tough call, you guys, tough call.
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World Book Night is in April, but the sign-up ends this week, so hurry and check it out! Free books, free joy, free community spirit!
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Maybe you've seen these already, but I would be very remiss in my work if I did not point out Stephen Colbert's recent two-part interview with legendary author Maurice Sendak. Please oh please watch them both (they're hilarious), and make sure to stay to the end to hear what Sendak thinks about e-books:

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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Book covers change all the time as they are reissued and updated for newer readers. Stacked takes a look at one beloved classic and how its cover has changed with its readers. Oh, Flowers in the Attic, I loved you so!
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We haven't seen enough craft projects with books lately, right? Okay, maybe we have, but here's another one for the pile, and it is oh so cute: Book planters!
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They didn't try very hard with this headline, but I guess when a turkey breaks into a library, the jokes kind of write themselves.
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Readers have been sending me some great library links lately (say that three times fast!). Thanks to Junell for this "local hero" story and to Joe for three, count 'em, three links! First up, an Apple app so you can write your OWN e-books. Very cool. Another e-book story highlights the increase in library e-book lending. And last but not least, a sweet story about a second-hand book shop with some very fabulous finds!
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It's a new month, which means it is time for our latest Blog of the Month! This month I want to highlight a great blog that I have been reading for a while (probably over five years!) and that was one of the first to really cover the children's literature world. Have a look at Bookshelves of Doom for fun links and info on books, pop culture, libraries, and reading, and have fun!
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See you guys next week. If you have a great blog I should highlight for next month, please let me know about it. Have a great week!

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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