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At the Libraries: World's Strongest Librarian

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Each month Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment!

Best Christmas decoration ever!
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I know you guys love libraries, or you wouldn't be reading this column! So here's a great survey that asks YOU what aspects you'd like to see some pretty important people (ahem, Gates Foundation) spend money on. It's your chance to speak up!
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I didn't even know there was a medal for libraries! These worthy libraries are this year's winners.
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A librarian collects tiny books with authors' signatures and, of course, there is a tumblr for it! (Thanks once again to Fuse 8 for the link.)
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Is this the World's Strongest Librarian? Probably. I mean, I am pretty strong, but this guy does seem stronger.
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I know we are ready to put Superstorm Sandy behind us, but I think libraries' role in helping communities deserves to be highlighted. Yay libraries!

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Halloween is well over, but if you like a scare, maybe you should check out a supposedly haunted library in Rochester, NY. I'm too much of a wimp, but if you go, please let us all know.
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I love a good year's best list, don't you? Check out what books are getting the nod from Amazon, The New York Times, and Publisher's Weekly, to start. So what was your favorite book this year? I am leaning toward The Age of Miracles myself.
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And if that isn't enough gift-giving inspiration, we now move to the best-gifts-for-book-lovers portion of this month's column:

Does the reader in your life also love The Smiths? Yeah, thought so.


I will happily accept any book from the Biblio-Mat or the machine itself, if there are any big spenders out there! (Thanks to Ken and others for the link.)


Or how about a wine cabinet made out of a card catalog? A thousand times YES!


Who doesn't love a librarian with a tattoo? What about a whole calendar full of them?

Or just a literary tattoo in general? BoingBoing has some inspiration for ya. (Thanks, Joe!)

And find a few more great gift ideas here.

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Let's rounds this out with an inspiring TEDx talk from children's lit rock star Jarrett Krosoczka (if you haven't read Punk Farm put it on your wish list!) about how he attained his dream job.
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Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a great holiday season. See you next month, and as always, please email me if you've got great library or literary news to share!

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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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