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At the Libraries: Getting Rid of Old Book Smell

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Not sure you want that "old book smell?" I love it, but if you've got some funkier odors to deal with, here are some great tricks to get rid of them!

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Librarians, are you still hanging onto your old card catalogs? Here's a creative way to turn those cards into art.

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What about old newspapers? Sure, you can recycle them—or you can make an amazing nine-mile-long sculpture.

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If you think you love books, then why haven't you made shoes out of them?

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As a children's librarian, I might quibble with these two categories, but it's still very funny. (Via Fuse#8.)

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Here's another "only in Brooklyn": the indie subway newsstand. (That was my subway stop back in the day, so I am qualified to make fun of Brooklyn, okay?)

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Libraries are going to help you get health insurance

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If you're trying to save your local library from closing, maybe you could hire Rosalind Gutierrez

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So, I know you're all wondering: What are the Avett Brothers reading these days? I enjoyed Middlesex, too!

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And here's some more book art I can definitely appreciate!

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I recognize all of these covers! Which is your favorite version of Harriet the Spy?

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Here's a nice reflection on what the library means to one guy. (Thanks to Elizabeth!)

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These books could all be such great movies, but Hollywood would probably ruin them, right? 

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Summer reading: yes or no? I personally loved it, but then, I did grow up to be a librarian...

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I just can't resist a list of books, and this is a very, very good one.

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Thanks for reading, and I will see you all back here next month. I'm always happy to share any library and literary news you have, so leave suggestions in the comments!

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