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At the Libraries: Little Libraries Abound

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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!

Little libraries abound this month! Here is one in a phone booth in New York. I didn't even know they still had phone booths!
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And USA Today has a nice round-up of various other "little libraries." A return to simpler times, when we all made our own pickles? Perhaps.

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What a brilliant idea: How would other artists recreate seminal Dr. Seuss works? That's what they call the Re-Seussification Project over on that great blog, Fuse #8. Good stuff!
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By the way, have you guys noticed how often I link to Fuse #8's blog? That's because it is awesome!
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Okay, back to business! And by business, of course I mean fun. How does a sitcom set in a library sound? Uh huh, you know it's gotta be awesome, and it's finally available on Hulu! I tried to download it years ago and it never worked, but now it is so easy to watch the hilarity unfold. Do yourself a favor and watch, guys.
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Little libraries may be hot, but big libraries are still pretty impressive, too. Like, for example, this one in Norway. Gotta see it to believe it!

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Do you love books? Do you love to eat? Me, too! So clearly, the Edible Book Festival is an event for us. Sounds like something we could recreate right here on mental_floss, doncha think? If you make something, send me a picture too, okay? Thanks! And thanks once again to Fuse #8 for the link!
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Or, if you live in Illinois, you can go to your very own! (Thanks, Jason!)
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E-books vs. paper books, it's so hard to choose! But one thing that e-books have over paper books is how easy sharing can be, especially with this clever site a reader tipped me off to (thanks, Abe!): Readmill. Highlight favorite passages, make friends, create a list of books to read -- it's all there!
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Children's books are great, of course, but did you know they can also be pretty valuable? Yup yup, we've got a wistful window-shopper oohing and ahhing over a $24,000 The Cat in the Hat!
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It's a new month, which means that it's time to unveil our latest Blog of the Month! If you've been reading closely this week, you might be able to guess which blog gets the honor... that's right, it's a Fuse #8 Production! Ladies and gentlemen, this blog has been around since back in the day, I am telling you -- 2006 at least, and its NYPL librarian-owner knows her children's lit, oh yes she does, and she always has the best scoops. Take a gander and see for yourself!
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That'll do it for me -- see you guys next week! As always, email me with your library and literary tidbits and I'll do my best to highlight them!

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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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