At the Libraries: 20 Brilliant Bookcases

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Are you tired of your boring, plain, everyday bookcases? Me too! I can't do much about the bookshelves inside my library, but I am definitely inspired to change around the bookshelves in my home by these amazing pictures! Thanks, Incredible Things -- these bookcases truly are incredible!
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Some days, I can't imagine a crazier library than my own North Carolina one, but Avi Steinberg has me beat by a mile, if not several thousand miles. Read his essay about working in a prison library and count your blessings!
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I was a little bit too old for the whole Goosebumps craze when it first came out (I was totally into the "Fear Street" series, though), but it is still superpopular with kids. And now, with a new movie coming out, it looks like R.L. Stine will be raking it in even more! Looks pretty scary to me!
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Here's another cool exhibit from a university's Special Collections department—UMass' W.E.B. DuBois Library is running "Uncertain Futures: Americans and Science Fiction in the Early Cold War Era." Anyone else got a great exhibit for me to highlight?
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Check out 21st-century libraries! We're offering music downloads and ebooks, tweeting, a and texting. As the Washington Post so cleverly put it, libraries' "lexicon is changing, replacing 'Shh!' with 'LOL.'" OMG, WaPo.
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Update on this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- the Wimpy Kid balloon is being designed as we speak! Check out some early photos!
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Here's a great NY Mag feature on what celebrity's children's books (which are usually pretty gag-worthy) have to say about the celebrity themselves.
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Breaking news! Jonathan Franzen's glasses were stolen and held for ransom at a book party. His whole UK visit has been full of drama, in fact. Read all about it!
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Video time! This is not librarians being silly, but the actual video of Tears For Fears' classic "Head Over Heels," which just happens to be set in a library. Enjoy! Oh, card catalogs - I don't miss you at all.
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Let's end with a question. I'm trying to do a "Skill Share" program at my library. It's where you invite the public to share a skill that they know in front of an audience, with people taking turns. Decorating cakes, cross-stitch, juggling, what have you. If you were to share a skill, what would it be?

If you follow a great library blog, site, or twitterer, please share it with me! Hit me at atthelibraries@gmail.com or leave me a comment. See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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