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At the Libraries: Keith Richards, Library Savior

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!

Do you love perusing all those year-end “Best of” lists? If you do and are looking to find pretty much every single list out there, look no further than Largehearted Boy’s archive.
When you think of libraries, you think of Keith Richards, right? Of course! And one library is on a quest to have Keith Richards visit them. This video gets a little weird, I’m not gonna lie, but it’s a pretty adorable way to increase awareness of the trouble libraries are in these days. Keith, don’t make a grown woman cry!

Speaking of libraries’ poor economic situation, I know I haven’t gotten a raise in a few years (but I’m very happy to still have a job!). Maybe we could start putting out tip jars to increase income? (Random Question: What’s the strangest place you’ve seen a tip jar?)
Here’s a fun new blog with a very simple tagline: “I read books and then design new covers for them.” Here’s just one great example (at left).

The very last Pimp My Bookcart contest is closed, and you can view the entries here. Which is your favorite? I’m leaning toward the Biblioburro myself…
How hard is it to find a library job these days? Let’s hear from the Lipstick Librarian: “My ego was slammed against a contiguous wall of rejection letters and ludicrously defined positions looking for a MLS.”
If you ever doubt that Harry Potter is a huge cultural landmark for our time, well, don’t. There is at least one weekly story about something HP-related, whether a movie is being released or not. Last week it was owls disappearing from India, and this week, it’s a stolen HP book worth £6,000!

A reader (thanks, Liz!) alerted me to this great library blog: Library Sleevefacing. They clearly enjoy their jobs over at Bowling Green. Why don’t people ever sleeveface with books? Now that would be perfect!
Last but certainly not least, there’s a great bookstore that is managing to do the seemingly-impossible: sell books that have been banned. In Jordan. A brave man, indeed.

If you follow a great library blog, site, or Twitter account, please share it with me! Send your tips to or leave me a comment. See previous installments of At the Libraries here.

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November 28th, 2010

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