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At the Libraries: Little Libraries Abound

Each week 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!

Little libraries abound this month! Here is one in a phone booth in New York. I didn’t even know they still had phone booths!
And USA Today has a nice round-up of various other “little libraries.” A return to simpler times, when we all made our own pickles? Perhaps.

What a brilliant idea: How would other artists recreate seminal Dr. Seuss works? That’s what they call the Re-Seussification Project over on that great blog, Fuse #8. Good stuff!
By the way, have you guys noticed how often I link to Fuse #8′s blog? That’s because it is awesome!
Okay, back to business! And by business, of course I mean fun. How does a sitcom set in a library sound? Uh huh, you know it’s gotta be awesome, and it’s finally available on Hulu! I tried to download it years ago and it never worked, but now it is so easy to watch the hilarity unfold. Do yourself a favor and watch, guys.
Little libraries may be hot, but big libraries are still pretty impressive, too. Like, for example, this one in Norway. Gotta see it to believe it!

Do you love books? Do you love to eat? Me, too! So clearly, the Edible Book Festival is an event for us. Sounds like something we could recreate right here on mental_floss, doncha think? If you make something, send me a picture too, okay? Thanks! And thanks once again to Fuse #8 for the link!
Or, if you live in Illinois, you can go to your very own! (Thanks, Jason!)
E-books vs. paper books, it’s so hard to choose! But one thing that e-books have over paper books is how easy sharing can be, especially with this clever site a reader tipped me off to (thanks, Abe!): Readmill. Highlight favorite passages, make friends, create a list of books to read — it’s all there!
Children’s books are great, of course, but did you know they can also be pretty valuable? Yup yup, we’ve got a wistful window-shopper oohing and ahhing over a $24,000 The Cat in the Hat!
It’s a new month, which means that it’s time to unveil our latest Blog of the Month! If you’ve been reading closely this week, you might be able to guess which blog gets the honor… that’s right, it’s a Fuse #8 Production! Ladies and gentlemen, this blog has been around since back in the day, I am telling you — 2006 at least, and its NYPL librarian-owner knows her children’s lit, oh yes she does, and she always has the best scoops. Take a gander and see for yourself!
That’ll do it for me — see you guys next week! As always, email me with your library and literary tidbits and I’ll do my best to highlight them!

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March 8th, 2012

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