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At the Libraries: No Donations Welcome

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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!

Looking for a way to combine your love of books and of Sir Mix-A-Lot? Bless you, Etsy.
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If you have a child, or are a children's librarian, I hope you know about Mo Willems' great books! And, specifically, about his Elephant and Piggie series. These are instant classics but, to one writer, also "existentially terrifying." I guess he has me convinced...
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These cakes aren't wrecks at all, they are lovely children's literature tributes -- check them out!
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Trying to do a good deed and donate some books to your library? If you live in New York City, better not. I know it sounds crazy to outsiders, but as a library worker I completely get it. What do you think?

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I don't usually get excited about bookmarks (I just use scrap paper) but, guys, this one does seem very cool. Check out the video for the Albatros bookmark, and if you have one or get one, tell me, is it as great as it seems? (Thanks, Scott!)

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Another loyal reader (Hi, Sara!) asked me to reach out to our literary-loving community to see if anyone knows a good source for bookish personal checks. We found some great Where the Wild Things Are ones, but anyone heard of any more? I don't know if Etsy can do this kind of thing, but if you hear of anything, tell us in the comments!
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Did you hear about a new book on NPR and go out and buy it? Yeah, you are not alone. If you want to sell your book, get on the media radar! Hmm, I guess that's not new news, huh? (Thanks, Stephen's Lighthouse!)
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Or maybe you buy a book because of a blurb on its cover? Or maybe you don't buy a book because of who blurbed it? Join the debate!
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It's not time for a new blog-of-the-month, but I found out about this super-helpful blog for hiring librarians. Job seekers, take a look -- it's a goldmine!
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Let's end with an appeal from mental_floss reader Emily for her tiny library in Massachusetts (my home state) that definitely needs a revamp. Donate if you can!
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That's all for this week. Thanks for reading and, as always, say hi in the comments and drop me a line if you hear of anything you think our wonderful readers would like!

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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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