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Do You Love Your Librarian?

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Of course you do! Who doesn't love their librarian?!

So, you should nominate your favorite for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award!

You can nominate your favorite school librarianpublic librarian, or academic librarian. Make sure you check out the details!

Hurrah!



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Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians Today's post features Jefferson Parish libraries! Millions in Damage at Jefferson Parish LibraryUndercover Republican Goes Hillary-Hunting in Clinton Library This probably sounds nuts to most of you - but this sounds like the kind of job I'd love to do. Other than working for the Republicans, of course. Boy trips, punches hole in $1.5 million painting ...Ouch...The surprising benefits of reading before bedFive Books That Dump You into a Pit of DespairScience-Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Chinese Writer for First Time Sounds amazing...now I just have to get my hands on a copy...Do America's Military Bas…

Happy Birthday, Duke!

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Today is Duke Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday! He gets a Google Doodle:

He's known as the father of modern surfing, and starred in several movies. He also won several Olympic medals.

But that's not what makes him awesome.

This is what makes him awesome:

Yep. Pretty dang awesome.



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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeValue of the library goes beyond dollars and cents Coloring Book Clubs Cross the Line into Libraries I want this in my library...Health, Science, Net & TechNo, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a DayCuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S.Destroyed by ISIS, artifacts may find new life after 3D reconstructionEducationHow The U.S. Is Neglecting Its Smartest Kids"Sorry, I'm Not Taking This Test"LouisianaLouisiana trooper dies after being shot, tauntedWhere Black Lives Matter Began "Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain." Related: Katrina Washed Away …

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeWorld’s Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Opened and Digitized for the First Time So pretty:
The Coolest Book-Themed Sculptures Also pretty!
August 23, 1869: Edgar Lee Masters, author of Spoon River Anthology, is born "The book contained a series of short, unrhymed poems, the meditations of deceased residents of the small town of Spoon River. In just a handful of lines, the speakers outline their lives-mostly unhappy, unfulfilled, and full of bitterness, anger, or love for other speakers. The poems expose the sterility and small-minded element of small-town life, which became a theme of other writers in the 1920s, notably Sinclair Lewis." Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters Related: I WON 5 HUGO AWARDS. And we all lost.Australian academics seek to challenge 'web of avarice' in scientific publishingHealth, Science, Net, & TechWhat was fake on the Internet this week: Sam & Nia, Trump’s New Mexi…

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeWhat Your Reading Style Says About You: 7 Different Ways To Read, And What They Say About Your Personality I'm a juggler. I'm currently reading six books, and I'm seldom reading fewer than three at a time. Heh.Books You Won't Believe Are BannedFaked peer reviews prompt 64 retractionsHealth, Science, Net, & TechBrace yourself: SOPA set to strike againHow Google Could Rig the 2016 Election Well, that's frightening...Great American Eclipse Less Than Two Years AwayHurricane Danny Weakens; Tropical Storm Watch For Leeward Islands; Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico Drought ReliefEducationMalala achieves top GCSE gradesThe Coddling of the American Mind "In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health."The new tool colleges are using in admissions decisions: big data It seems li…

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Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

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That's right, it's this Master of Horror's 125th birthday! H.P. Lovecraft not only wrote some of the most terrifying yet eloquent stories ever, he was well aware of the priority books should take in one's life:

"I couldn't live a week without a private library - indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess."  [Source]  And, luckily for everyone, there's an absolutely gorgeous annotated edition of his works available!


Check it out at your local library! If they don't have it, request it for purchase or ask if they can get it through interlibrary loan!

Here are some more links for you:
Top 5 H. P. Lovecraft Facts You May Not KnowThe H.P. Lovecraft Archive5 Ways to Celebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s 125th BirthdayCelebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s 125th birthday with this Lovecraftian alphabet


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Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike Libraries in Times of Crisis Edward Fungo…

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Happy Birthday, 19th!

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Happy 95th Birthday to the 19th Amendment!


Seriously, Google - no Doodle?! I am disappointed in you...

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, was ratified. The following week it was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, officially enshrining the new law into the U.S. Constitution. Although it was made law in 1920 with ratification by two-thirds of the states, it wasn't until 1984 that the final state, Mississippi, passed their ratification.
Learn more from This Day in History: Woman suffrage amendment ratified


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Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike Strong Libraries, Strong SocietiesLibraries on the front lines of the homelessness crisis in the United StatesWhy You Should Pick Up A Novel If You're Feeling LostBerea College Preserves Appalachian History With a New Digital Preservation SystemPoliticsTrump calls for deportation of illegal immigrants, end to birthright citizenship "[...] Trump said he wants to res…

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Sunshine and Sore Fingers

We've picked up a new family activity - we're all learning to play instruments. I'm doing the easiest, of course - I'm learning to play guitar (strumming). Swicky is playing piano, Coconut and DH's brother are learning guitar (fingering), while DH is learning banjo.

So, yeah, Bluegrass.

So far, DH, his brother, and I can play "You Are My Sunshine" okay. I mean, it's two chords, so I'm really just having to learn to switch between the two, and also MY FINGERS HURT SO MUCH!

That's been my day, anyway.


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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeA Golden Era for Young Readers: The Story Behind Little Golden BooksMarvel's newest superhero is a preteen girl genius with a T-Rex sidekickHow J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Revived Modern Myth-TellingNet, Tech, Health, & ScienceResearchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn't ExistEducationWhy Sesame Street’s Move to HBO Is Both Great a…

I'M SO EXCITED!!!

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It looks amazing! What is Missy doing there? Is she going to be friend or foe or something in-between? Who is Maisie Williams playing? (Please be Jenny, please be Jenny, please be Jenny...) Peter Capaldi continues to seem awesome, and there are so many nods to Classic Doctors!


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Libraries, Books, Authors, & SuchlikeA love letter to libraries from Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy. "Librarians are how libraries speak.  Theirs are the small faces behind a million stories and facts.  Theirs are the simple hands that introduce you to the people who will shape you, and the ghosts that will haunt you, and the ideas that will drive you, and the friends that will never leave you.  They know the science of knowledge and beauty and laughter, and – though you can’t quite imagine it – they’ve cried over the same books that have broken and rebuilt your heart.  They’ve ridden in the same sleigh with the snow queen.  They’ve flown over London and sailed on pirate ships and visite…

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeProfessional TV Studio Launches in Brooklyn Library Neat idea! I wonder if they have a "Books to Read" segment on the show. It sounds like a really great partnership.Principal Violates School Policy, Bans Book Without Consulting Review CommitteeTop 10 literary hoaxesSt. Louis County Charges Washington Post Reporter With Two Crimes for Covering FergusonBurger King challenges the Book of Kells’ global trademark /facepalmTPPNegotiations broke down without concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership! "Too many issues could not be resolved. Too many public protests oppose relinquishing national sovereignty by allowing a secret agreement to override legal protections for which popular movements have struggled: laws and regulations that protect local agriculture, health & safety, labor rights & human rights & animal rights as well as laws and regulations that protect the environment." Yeah, no doubt! I mean, look at …

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeThe British Library needs your help to solve this hidden messageWith 10,699 books printed, Windsor library’s self-publishing machine is a hitKnowing Our History to Build a Brighter Future: Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial EqualityWhy Stealing America’s Nuclear Secrets was as Easy As Pi Excuse me while I go look for Feynman's book...  August 10, 1846: Smithsonian Institution created "Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited aroused significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic."August 10, 1793: Louvre Museum opens "Today, the Louvre’s collection is one of the richest in the world, with artwork and artifacts representative of 11,000 years of human civilization and culture." Infographic: What's the fastest ship in sci-fi history?Swicky's favorite word is Word of the Day – HippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobiaNet, Tech, Health, & ScienceCatholic Bishops In Ken…

Oh, Happy Day!!

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Today is National Book Lovers Day! (Still no Google Doodle. What's up, Google?)


How will you celebrate? Here are some suggestions:

Well, obviously, read a book! Or, if you're me, three at a time...Visit your local library. If you don't have a card, get one. It's free! If you visit regularly and appreciate your library, consider joining the Friends. Support your local library!Support libraries nationally, too! You can visit the ALA's site and Take Action for Libraries!If you've borrowed a book more than three times from your library and still can't wait to read it again - go buy the book! Support your authors and your local bookstores! Contact your favorite authors and let them know how much you appreciate their work! You can many on Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr or Reddit or [insert social media here]. You can also find physical addresses to contact them through snail-mail! Give a book away! If you're celebrating today, chances are pretty good you have a…