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Have You Read ‘Downton Abbey’?

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!

Good news, guys: Watching Downton Abbey counts as reading a book. Phew! Don’t you all just love that “book”?
I know there are lots of dog-loving readers out there. Do you know about all the good that therapy dogs are doing in libraries? Do you have a therapy dog? They sound awesome!
Remember all those great fantasy lands from your favorite books? Oz, Middle Earth, and the maps from their books inspired this essay.
Here are two awesome book pictures for you—both are excellent ways to show off your book collection. One, above, is more industrial and one, below, is more… more like a bathtub, actually. Thanks to Fuse 8 for the first and Stephen’s Lighthouse for the second.
We regular readers of this column already knew about tiny libraries, but now it’s officially a trend.
Oh, to live in Toronto! Then we could all attend the annual Book Lover’s Ball. This event has it all: great food, great authors, even a fashion show! Thanks for the tip, Joe, and if anyone goes, puh-lease oh please, send me a photo!
Big, bad news for libraries: Penguin is pulling its e-books from library lending. Uh oh…
And don’t forget to take a look at the Annoyed Librarian’s take on this issue. Guess what, guys? She is annoyed.
I think the only person who could save a Fancy Nancy movie from the inevitable groans is Tina Fey. So thank heavens she is on board! Have you seen those books? Kind of…sparkly, if you know what I mean.
Pop-up books don’t really lend themselves to the internet… or do they? Check out this library of five vintage pop-up books and take a walk down memory lane. I totally had that Star Wars one!
Thanks for reading and, as always, I will see you all next week! Try not to crash into any libraries this week, okay? But if you do, email me a photo!

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February 17th, 2012

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