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At the Libraries: Literary Mugshots

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Banned Books Week just wrapped up, and to celebrate, here are some great "wanted" posters of frequently banned protagonists

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Meanwhile, a banned book tale with a happy ending: Invisible Man is being unbanned in North Carolina! Close call, Randolph County, close call.

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But in Minnesota, one young adult author's visit was cancelled because she dropped too many f-bombs in her book. Boo to you, Anoka County! 

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If you aren't sure whether a book should be banned, or you have other book-related queries, then this new advice column is for you! 

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This cat librarian dresses for his job.

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Anyone tried out Oyster yet? They say it's Netflix for books...

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Jezebel wants to know, what childhood book turned you into a reader? I'm going with "them all," but if you made me choose, Corduroy by Don Freeman. That's the first one I really remember poring over (and over and over)...

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In international news this month, the record for the world's longest book domino chain was recently broken (pending Guinness review) in South Africa. Way to go, Cape Town Central Library! 

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And over in Latvia, rather than wait for a library renovation to reopen, students built their own library tower! You've gotta see it to believe it.

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Have you heard? The National Book Award long lists are out! I prefer a short list, myself, but I'm sure all the authors who made the cut would disagree. I've only read one of these books, eek! Fifty points if you can guess which one...

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In other award news, Britain's Man Booker Prize is being opened up to ... uh oh... Americans!  I think I'd be mad, too. That really widens the playing field.

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Here are some ideas for your book collection, if you are thinking of redecorating. This one is a bit less functional than this one, but they both look great!

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Or maybe you are thinking of getting engaged, and then married? Here is a plethora of ideas for making each step toward wedded bliss as literary as possible. I love them all!

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Enjoy your October, and I will see you next month with all the great library and literary tidbits I find!

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