At the Libraries: 50 Books Every Child Should Read

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Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

We saw a lot of great libraries a few weeks ago, but the Open Air Library in Germany is truly something special.
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Remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? You might have seen the Disney movie, but originally, it was a book — a book written by Ian Fleming! — and now, it will have a sequel. A few, in fact. Maybe this isn't really necessary, but Frank Cottrell Boyce has signed on, so it might not be so bad.
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So that's a sequel update, but here's a prequel: Patricia MacLachlan (of Sarah, Plain and Tall fame) has agreed to write a story detailing the beginnings of The Boxcar Children. It's official: there are no more new ideas.
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British folks have different cultural touchstones and opinions, but really, every child should read Swallows and Amazons? I tried to read that one a few months ago and couldn't get through it. Okay, so this is an Anglo-centric list of books every child should read. What would you add (or omit)?

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Shelley Jackson has come up with an interesting way to "write" a book -- by tattooing it, one word per person, on people's skin. It's taken many years, and she still isn't finished, but you can view her progress (and sign up!) here.
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I am excited to be able to feature one of my favorite blogs, despite it not having anything to do with books. Have you guys seen (and fallen in love with) Scanwiches? Makes me drool, and now they are coming out with a book, huzzah!
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Wonder what J.K. has been up lately? Well, College Humor got their hands on some rough drafts and lucky you, they posted them.
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OMG, OED! Looking for a desperate way to stay relevant, the Oxford English Dictionary has declared abbreviations to be words worthy of inclusion. Cue the fall of civilization.
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I've just got to link to this mental_floss post from Monday -- "Do You Anger Bookstore Employees?" Switch "bookstore" to "library" and we have pretty much the same set of complaints (but with more homeless people, I'd guess).
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Although you think your customers or patrons are bad? At least they aren't convicted murderers. Here's the story of one librarian making a difference in a prison library -- and I love her philosophy!
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Don't forget -- I'm taking nominations for our next Blog of the Month, so let me know what your favorite book or library blogs are! Send your tips to atthelibraries@gmail.com.
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And, maybe you didn't know, but National Library Week will soon be upon us! It's April 10-16 and this year's theme is "Create Your Own Story." Check out your local library to see what they are doing to celebrate!

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