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At the Libraries: Overdue Books Land Woman in Jail

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!

You’d better return those library books on time! Or, know your library’s policy regarding overdue items – don’t let this happen to you.
I know the world doesn’t need another social network, but this latest one has created a lot of buzz among those who work with teens and books. Figment is a site for teen writers to post their work and be judged by their peers. I’ve been telling all my teens about it — share it with any creative teens you know!

Here’s a cute blog with all kinds of quotes about love. My favorite? Right here. But remember the above situation: library books DO have to be taken back, or you might end up in jail!
Readers, we missed a phenomenal purchasing opportunity last week: the chance to own one of Edward Gorey’s fur coats! Apparently he had 14, and they come in a range of colors.
This is an older article, but I think it’s worth highlighting. If you thought bookmobiles were relics of the past, think again. The Brooklyn Public Library has four new bookmobiles, bringing the library to all corners of the borough. Hurrah!
Here’s a different take on yet another best books list: a “literary mixtape,” courtesy of Galleycat. Read chapters from each of their favorite novels to see what catches your fancy!
This close to the holidays, some libraries are finding some great ways to celebrate. If Englewood (CO) Public Library is your library, then you are in luck. They are accepting food donations in lieu of library fines!
This Missouri library does something even more unusual than Colorado’s: they set up a low-priced gift shop right in the library!
Here’s your awesomeness for today: five children’s books that should exist, but don’t. I don’t see why not — you have the titles already, and these puppies would write themselves!
Last but not least, the unemployment in New Jersey has sent a lot of people to the libraries looking for help, and the libraries are responding. This article about the Piscataway Public Library details how their mission is changing to meet the public’s needs. Good luck to all job seekers!

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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December 15th, 2010

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