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At the Libraries: Bestsellers From the Day You Were Born

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

Hey, this is very cool — find out what books were on the bestseller list on your birthday! I’ve read exactly none of the ones on my birthday — what about you?
People just love making book art, and I am always impressed at all the creative ways they come up with! Check out the latest — book page origami! (Thanks, Buzzfeed!)
Usually the day after the ALA awards are announced, the winners appear on The Today Show. But not this year. Is Snooki to blame?
Speaking of Snooki, I know you are dying to read her debut book. But before you commit yourself to that purchase, you might want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. These reviews should help.
Montgomery County, Maryland, is the latest library system to get high-profile attention about its budget cuts. Ouch. Read all the carnage here.
Google is broken! Their searching is littered with spam, so what’s the solution? People! (No, not in the Soylent Green way!) “Curation is the new search,” apparently, and what else could be meant but librarians! We are information professionals, after all.
In more endangered-library news, one in England is taking a rather drastic stroke at proving their value in the community. They asked patrons to check out every book on the shelves and you know what? They did!
Things appear to be grim all over the UK, in fact. Take a gander, but I’m warning you, it’s not good news.
And one last depressing article for you — things are pretty bad in Cali, too: “California Governor Jerry Brown released a proposed budget for FY11/12 on Monday that would eliminate all state funding for public libraries.” Ugh.

Okay, one last fun item! This LEGO library scene was sent to me by a reader – thanks, Jay! If you’ve got good links like this, please do share them with me!

Next month I’ll have a new Blog of the Month to highlight, and I’m taking suggestions now. Email me if you’ve got one! Send your tips to See previous installments of At the Libraries here.


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January 19th, 2011

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