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24 Library-Centric Sites We Love

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Each week I provide links to stories about libraries, authors, and books. Today we're going to do something different! In no particular order, here are some of our favorite library-related places on the web.

1. Love the Liberry

Love the Liberry: Slices-of-life from the public library reference desk, every one of which rings true. People are weird, guys.
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2. Awful Library Books

Awful Library Books: Two librarians from MI document the strange, scary, and wonderful things they find in their public library. Addictive, for sure.
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3. This is What a Librarian Looks Like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like: Librarians submit photos of themselves looking awesome, to challenge the old stereotype of the profession.
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4. A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette: A funny twist on observations by a public librarian.
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5. Better Book Titles

Better Book Titles: To help you see what a book is really about.
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6. Unshelved

Unshelved: The ultimate library comic, so funny it hurts! (At least to library workers, anyhow.)
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7. Library Sleevefacing

Library Sleevefacing: Need I say more?
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8. Contrariwise

Contrariwise: A blog of literary tattoos, full of inspiration for literary tattoo enthusiasts.
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9. Good Show Sir

Good Show Sir: Really, really bad sci-fi book covers.
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10. Hey Girl, I Like the Library, Too

Hey Girl, I Like the Library, Too: Guess who likes the library? This one isn't updated anymore, but you can still have fun scrolling through.
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11. Inappropriate Book Covers

Inappropriate Book Covers: I actually like these redesigns, but apparently they are "tonally inappropriate." And funny.
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12. Librarian Problems

When Someone's Browsing in the Aisle I Need to Reshelve In:

Librarian Problems: Awesome gifs, with the tagline "I'll Dewey Your Decimal."
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13. Shelver Sheep

Shelver Sheep: Poor Shelver Sheep can't catch a break -- this blog documents his woes.
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14. Books and Other Geekery

Books and Other Geekery: A photo tumblr all about books and libraries.
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15. Librarians Classified

When There Are No Leftovers From a Library Program for Me to Eat:

Librarians Classified: More funny gifs about what it's like to work in a library.
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16. Librarian Avengers: Are librarians superheroes in disguise? Well, no, but we are cool!
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17. A Fuse #8 Production: Hands down, the go-to blog for information on any and all things related to children's literature. Fuse 8's been doing it right for years.
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18. Man of the Stacks: A librarian and his interests make up the subjects on this one.
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19. Miss Information: Miss Information feels a lot of things, and isn't afraid to talk about them on this funny public library blog.
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20. Bibliothecaevore: All things library!
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21. Annoyed Librarian: The name says it all. The AL is a contrarian who likes to take issue with current library controversies, small and large.
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22. Librarianista: A library and librarian photo collection.
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23. Read Roger: Roger is the editor of The Horn Book, a YA and children's magazine with lots of reviews. On his blog he talks about books he likes, and life in general.
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24. 100 Scope Notes: The observations and opinions of Travis, an elementary school librarian who loves his job, the kids, and books for kids.

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Did I forget one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to stop by next Thursday for our regular At The Libraries link round-up.

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At the Libraries: The Best Books of 2013
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Have you seen the best-of-the-year round ups yet? The New York Times, Amazon, and Publisher's Weekly are all very thorough.

I think I'm going with Longbourne by Jo Baker, but Thank You For Your Service was also a book I'll never forget. I'm very 'meh' on The Goldfinch. What was your favorite?

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Here are some hilarious ideas for organizing your library or book store shelves!

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New blog alert! If you want to know what it's like to work at a library via GIFs, try Librarian Problems.

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All those awards—won't someone think of the poor judges who have to read all those books? Here's one sob story. (Well, OK, it's not all bad, but it is pretty funny.)
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Books are great, but what are the best libraries of 2013? Funny you should ask... 

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One of my favorite round-ups every year is 100 Scope Notes' Children's lit year in miscellanea. Best Cake of the Year? Travis covers it!

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I guess I need to read this Emily of New Moon book, if she's #1 on the list of Classic YA heroines, huh?

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Nothing like a little library porn to brighten your new year!

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A big news story this year was Amazon's plan to use drones for delivery. But did you see what Waterstone's plan is? Way better.

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How about another great list? This one is the best librarians in pop culture! You have seen Party Girl, right?

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File this story under: Things about which we need more detail. A giant slide was built to move 22 miles worth of books. Tell me more, please!

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Here's some cool looking libraries in Mexico!

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Which book on your library shelf probably has herpes? I think this one is totally guessable, guys...
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Time to spotlight some great bookshelves. This one keeps you balanced. But this one is shaped like a robot, so it's basically no contest.

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Confess your secret shame here, librarians!

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I am kind of depressed that my state's most famous book is a Nicholas Sparks, but oh well. This is still a very cool map.

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Recycling books can be a lot harder than it sounds. Check out how one library was able to instead reduce and reuse 10,000 books!

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Let's get back to drones for the ending of our column. Have you seen the video of the NYPL shot by a drone? It's surprisingly beautiful.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

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At the Libraries: The Bookstore that Comes to You
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Just like a food truck, but less messy!

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These are great posters for reading. I'll take one of each; thanks!

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So, tell me straight: do you finish every book, or are you able to quit in the middle? I gave myself permission to quit a few years ago and it was VERY liberating. Life's too short, y'all!

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We've seen lots of tiny libraries, but I don't think I've seen THESE tiny libraries yet. Apparently there are ten in Manhattan—anyone seen or used one yet?

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Speaking of tiny, this 5-year-old, who has read 875 books this school year, is my tiny hero!

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Do books with girl characters have "girly" covers? One of my favorite YA authors, Maureen Johnson, inspired these great gendered cover flips. I think the David Sedaris is the best.

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Oh dear, these Park Slope parents have the most unusual library complaint.

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2131 books = a new world record and a bit of a clean-up nightmare, but I'm sure the Seattle Public Library would say it was all worth it.

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I love this art project—turn old bricks into books!

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Or, if you have old books instead of old bricks, you can turn them into sculptures instead.

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Or maybe you just want to paint some books? Check out these quirky watercolors for inspiration!

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Remember The World Book Encyclopedia? Ever done a "Dork Bowl?"

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Would you read these books, too? Maybe you should write one!

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If you need some heartwarming stories to read today, try the Libraries Changed My Life tumblr. They sure changed mine!

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I love it when we can end on a video. Here's a great one, but warning—it's pretty sad, as you can tell from the title:
Out-of-Work Librarian Blues.

Best of luck to her.

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Thanks as always for reading, and have a great June! See you all next month.

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