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At the Libraries: Art Made from Books

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A book about one of our favorite subjects: art made from books!

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It's time for a library architecture update! We have two new, gorgeous libraries to feature. Apparently the largest public library in Europe just opened in the UK and Toronto's 99th (!) library will be built next year. Lovely work!

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What to do if the above buildings ever get decommissioned? Why, convert them into private homes, like one couple did. Okay, the ones above might be a bit big for that.

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This list of signs that you are addicted to books is worth it for the Gatsby one, trust me. 

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NPR has been on fire lately with library stories! Can't say I blame them. I think my favorite is the one about libraries in movies and music.

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Fancy hotels are getting in on the library game, too.

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Awesome blog alert: Paper and Salt, which is about authors and recipes. Books and food, guys! What more could you want?

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How much do you spend on reading each year? Pardon me while I calculate my own expenses ... it's $100 on a newspaper subscription and $0 for books 'cause I use the library, oh yeah.

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I just love a good book discussion thread. What book (published after 2000) do you think will become a classic? My money is on Middlesex. I just reread and whew, still amazing!

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Three words, and I dare you not to click through: children's book footwear. Yup. And do check out Part 1 as well.

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Sometimes librarians can take things a bit too seriously... Summer Reading is not such a big deal, y'all.

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An American library in Paris? Yes, please!

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I highlighted a few of these stories last time! I think we can all relate to having an overdue book.

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Yeah yeah yeah, everyone loves e-books, but here's a more clever innovation: a book that a kid needs a flashlight to read!

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Would you donate money to a struggling bookstore?

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If it's the Tea Party vs. the public library, I know whose side I'm on...

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I always like to highlight cute book products, in case my family is reading. My birthday is coming up...

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In that same vein, can you still buy these posters? If so I'll take them all; thanks!

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I leave you with this video, which is pure awesomeness start to finish. God bless those women (who don't look like typical Beastie Boys fans to me...)

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Thanks for reading, and have a great month, everyone! See you in October.

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