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At the Libraries: Reshelving 25,000 Books

Miss Kathleen
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Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of library-related items. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

All librarians get patrons who like to share bits about their lives with us. Like, say, in this instance: "Old Man: Do you have books on essential body oils? Like the kind I buy in the store and put on my arms? I put some in my soup the other day and it sure didn't taste good. I put a lot of things in my soup." (Via Love the Liberry.)
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Let's put it all into perspective, though. The TRUE librarian nightmare is stacks falling over and books going all over the place. I'm sorry to report that it actually happened, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. No one was hurt, but "25,000 books need to be put back in order and reshelved." Ahhh!!! [Image credit: Terre Haute Tribune-Star.]
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Ever wonder how many books there really are in the world? (Titles, not copies.) Think you could Google it? Well, you can! Because Google decided that they know. Find the answer and read how they came up with it here.
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See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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