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At the Libraries: Judging People by Their Book Covers

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!

We've been hearing a lot about e-book this and e-book that. But one thing that physical books have over e-books is the ability to start a conversation. For example, as recently posted on The Paris Review blog, "Can you recommend any books that will make interesting people approach me if I read them on the subway?" Have you ever approached someone because of the book they were reading?
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I mean, we've all done it -- you see someone reading a certain book and you make a judgment about them. That's what makes CoverSpy so fun (and addicting). Although be warned -- every time there is a Kindle user, it is an extreme disappointment. Privacy, schmivacy, I want to be judgmental!
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Yes, folks, we have lots of wonderful and unusual powers, and Hollywood knows it! Check out this HuffingtonPost roundup of 11 movies where libraries save the day! All in a day's work, I say.

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But, well, no one, and no profession, is perfect. I think my peers may have made a mistake by pulling a queer anthology, but I don't know all the circumstances of the NJ case. Sounds a bit like censorship to me...
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So let's focus on some more good stuff! Maryland residents, did you know about "One Maryland, One Book"? This year's pick is Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference. Sounds good to me! Here's a roundup that the kind folks at Calvert Library of Prince Frederick sent to me (view PDF).
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But maybe you live in Michigan? And are looking for a good book club? Got one for ya: Not Your Mother's Book Club at the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph. Tell them mental_floss sent you!
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Join a book club, go to a program, use your library -- it all adds up to money in your pocket because it's free! How much money? Try this handy little calculator and watch the savings pile up!
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If you follow a great library blog, site, or twitterer, please share it with me! Hit me at atthelibraries@gmail.com or here in the comments.

See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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