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At the Libraries: Cheating at Where's Waldo?

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!

First off, I have to know: Did you see The Hunger Games?! Please oh please let me know if you liked it. I can't decide if I want to spend the $10 or not.
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Ah, the written word: it's so inspiring. In fact, it inspired a cool-looking exhibit at the Galway City Museum. Anyone near Ireland who wants to take a look-see for us?

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Were you stumped by that wily Waldo from the Where's Waldo? books as a young child? Well, now no one has to suffer (or "be challenged"), for a cheat exists! Good idea, or bad?
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Put down those remotes and mice (mouses?); it's time for Slow Reading! One writer has a manifesto and, though she takes a bit of a beating in the comments (for favoring "classics"), she may be on to something...
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Oh, nostalgia! This week on mental_floss we have seen lots of things that were popular when we were kids. Here's another for you — a paean to that stalwart of literature, Judy Blume. I still steer kids (even boys!) to her books, oh yes I do.
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Even though times are tough, budget-wise, some libraries are doing the unthinkable: dropping late charges! I don't think you'll hear any patrons complaining. And as a librarian, hey, sounds good to me too!
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Did you know that there was an award for the best marketing done by libraries? Yes indeedy, and, in fact, it is international. Here are some of the most recent winners! Congratulations to all, and well done!
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When you were a kid, didn't you wish YOU could visit Narnia too? One lucky girl can, via this amazing gift. This story popped up on lots of sites (I first saw it on BoingBoing), as well it should have. Ah, the power of fantasy.
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Speaking of childhood fantasy faves, here's a comic recap of A Wrinkle in Time. (Happy 50th anniversary AWIT, by the by!) That story is also pure awesomeness. (Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.)

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If you have a budding librarian in your life, here is a great gift idea for them: the Little Librarian kit! Glasses and cardigan not included. (Yes, I wear both proudly!)
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And if you ARE a librarian already, well, show this gang what you look like! They are collecting photos of librarians to show off our gorgeous diversity. They have tons of submissions already—join the party!
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Genealogy was never so suspenseful as in this video! The New York Public Library just does everything bigger, doesn't it?

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Thanks as always for reading, and don't forget to email me with all the great library and literary goings-on going on in your town. See you next week!

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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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