At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

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Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a comment!

Brain Games are all the rage these days. If you live near Prince Frederick, MD, you can join others at the Calvert Library next Saturday and try to slow the inevitable decline. If that's not your thing, how about some afternoon Wii?
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A reader tipped me off to the Cerritos (CA) Public Library, and it is a work of art! You can see all of their photos online, and it is worth the view. Check out the entrance to their children's room!
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In a previous column, I highlighted the 100 Best Children's Novels as voted on and compiled by many bloggers. Turns out that overseas, The Guardian was working on something similar. Here's what they came up with. There are a few similarities, and also a lot of stuff I've never heard of. This compilation seems like one person's opinion, but I can verify that The Odd Egg and The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth are fabulous!
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So, I'm a librarian, and therefore, a lover of books. I also don't mind a little eye candy now and then. So, a whole gallery of hot guys reading books? Yup, I'm sold.
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Luckily for me, the above is not too racy. One thing we librarians have to deal with is the wealth of, ahem, "adult" material online that our patrons might be looking at. Sometimes they are doing intentionally (and yes, it's gross, and yes, I've had to approach people about it), and sometimes, you can't be sure, like when it's a ten-year-old looking at porn.
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Kids these days, right? At least they are checking out books, though. In fact, libraries in the UK have kids to thank for its most recent increase in circulation. I'd say it probably has to do a lot with Twilight, but hey, at least they are reading!
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OK, now it's time for another fun video. Libraries feature prominently in a lot of movies -- they make a great public setting. Check out how Improv Everywhere paid homage to a great scene from an American classic -- Ghostbusters.
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Reader Melissa from the Foley Center Library at Gonzaga University took me up on my offer and sent a picture of the library faculty acting goofy in the stacks. Don't they look so helpful? If you want to be featured next week, send me a picture of your library!
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A lot of libraries have blogs that highlight different events or resources. Portland (ME) Public Library has a great feature on theirs -- The Friday Brainteaser! I thought this would appeal to you guys.
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Got an idea for an invention? Sure you do! I myself think that there should be a 'fife' (or a 'knork'): a fork with one serrated edge so that to cut things that are too hard for just a fork, but too soft to really require a knife. Just, you know, be careful when putting it in your mouth. If you have an idea you want to patent, and live in the Dallas area, the Dallas Public Library is having an Inventor Workshop to answer all your patent questions! If you patent the knork, just make sure to give me my cut!

That's all for this week. As always, hit me up with events from your library, or join the readers who have sent me pictures of their libraries. You could be featured next week!

See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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