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  1. Report Shows American Libraries Receive Most Complaints For YA, Graphic Novels, and Books by People of Color

    Uh, happy National Library Week?

    The American Library Association's new State of America’s Libraries Report lists the books that most frequently prompted a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness" in 2014--and according to the ALA's findings, 80% of the most frequently challenged books "reflect diverse authors and cultural content."

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  2. Things We Saw Today: AQUA-MOM

    Puns (kind of)! Aquaman's mom! It's everything we could want.

    Yes, that is very definitely Aquaman's mom. Yes, DC very definitely wants you to be aware of "Aqua-Mom." Yes, we are very endlessly entertained.

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  3. This Little Girl Loves Books SO MUCH. Let’s All Love Books With Her.

    Little girls slayin'

    Holy cow, eight-year-old Madison from Cleveland really loves books. Let her win you over in the first ten seconds and then blow your mind at 1:30 and 2:15. Madison 2016. Madison forever.

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  4. Survey Shows Millennials Read Just As Much Or More Than Older Adults

    Thanks, LeVar!

    FELLOWLENNIALS! Look up from your Twittering and rejoice: the PEW Research Center believes our generation has the same healthy love of reading as our ancestors. Heck, we even use the library!

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  5. Fox Announces Gotham Preview Fan Screening (Hurry!)

    "I'm Bookman."

    Fox has just clued us in to a limited space early screening of Gotham in New York City on Monday, September 15th. Read on for details!

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  6. Margaret Atwood Joins The Future Library Project, Book-Blocks You For 100 Years

    Ooooh, the future.

    Margaret Atwood's latest book is about to be locked away for the next hundred years. No, not because she doesn't want to read the Amazon reviews, but because she's the first author to have signed up to be a part of the Future Library Project.

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  7. This Amazingly Detailed Library Cake Is Lookin’ Fine

    What is this, a room for ants?

    Look at that teeny-tiny globe! Those gum drop lamps! The papers left scattered by some harried licorice grad student! I don't think I could ever bring myself to actually chew this hallowed hall of learning to tiny bits inside my mouth, but never before has Dewey Decimal looked so delicious.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Stressed-Out Dragons

    Here, there be high blood pressure.

    Mittie Paul's art explores dragons that hoard "out of financial anxiety and whatnot."

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  9. Singapore Library Destroying LGBT-Friendly Childrens Books At Homophobe’s Request

    Sir, I believe you are overdue.

    In spite of protests and petitions from over four thousand concerned patrons, the Singapore National Library Board is moving ahead on plans to pulp three picture-books that depict non-traditional families--all at the urging of a single bigot.

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  10. New York Public Library To Start Lending Out Internet, Be The People’s Champion

    And they've still got books, too!

    Have a New York Public Library card? Then congratulations, you are now free to Internet. Thanks to a $500,000 grant (that's a lot of late fees) the NYPL will soon be lending out broadband in an effort to help members who can't afford wireless keep up with the digital age.

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  11. You Can Now Borrow an Aerial Drone From a Library in South Florida

    #ReadingRaindrone

    Some universities have awesome "makerspaces" where patrons have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and other emerging technology. Others have books that are bound in human skin. Thankfully, the University of South Florida's library is closer to the former than the latter, in that they now offer aerial drone check-outs. Though, you never know: after the drones gain sentience and enslave all of humanity just like we've always feared they might, the USF library could one day have both!

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  12. City Shuts Down Free Library Built By Nine-Year-Old

    Someone call Leslie Knope immediately.

    Just look at this picture. Look at this little boy and his little home-made library and the great big potential for learning and imagination it contains.

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  13. Thank You, Toronto Citizen Who Demanded a Library Remove Hop on Pop, For Protecting Me From Being Hopped Upon

    I will not be hopped upon!

    A library in Toronto has received a request to remove the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop for fear that it will inspire kids to violently attack their fathers in a hopping fashion. As a father with no desire to be hopped upon, I applaud this brave Torontonian for taking a stand to protect me from my child.

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  14. #FollowFriday: Fake Library Stats (@FakeLibStats)

    The stats are fake, but the jokes are real.

    It's that time again, Internet. #FollowFriday is our weekly segment where we recommend a Twitter account for you to follow. Usually we focus on people, but this week it's Fake Library Stats (@FakeLibStats).

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  15. Do You Know Someone Who Should Get the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity?

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    There's crafting your public persona, and then there's Lemony Snicket, the pen name and alterego of the writer behind the Series of Unfortunate Events books. And then there's the yearly prize he just founded with the American Library Association, to give librarians who go above and beyond the call their due. And even the official description of the prize abounds with Snicketian prose.

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  16. Things We Saw Today: Totoro Leggings

    Things We Saw Today

    By Etsy seller Zelas. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  17. Oxford University Press Will Provide Free Access To Online Content During Government Shutdown

    What would we ever do without those punk-ass book jockeys?

    One of the biggest problems of the government shutdown -- you know, in addition to millions not getting benefits on time and child cancer patients being refused treatment -- is that academics aren't able to access the information found in federally funded D.C. libraries. You know who's got a solution for that? Oxford University Press, that's who.

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  18. Two Guys Recreated The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” Music Video With Crime-Fighting Librarians [VIDEO]

    Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.

    Some days just aren't that great. Like strawberry lemonade decided to kill your laptop on the way to work and you have to go out and buy a new one with money you don't have. But then you see something like this, a parody of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" music video featuring crime-fighting librarians and, well... it just makes things better, y'know? So thanks, Mike Ferbrache and Duane Freeman of The Mike and Duane Show. And thanks to librarians Anne Duncan ("Story Time"), Cathy Donnelly ("The Techie"), Stephanie McMurray ("Late Fee"), Margaret Threet ("Dewey"), and Branka Steinbaugh ("Book Worm"), too. I owe you a solid. (via: Laughing Squid) Previously in librarians being better than you

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  19. Things We Saw Today: When Piloting A Jaeger, It’s Important To Have Priorities

    Things We Saw Today

    Artist Kelly Turnbull makes a fair point in her newest comic. Pacific Rim's Mako Mori finally got to pilot a Jaeger, she wasn't about to let Raleigh Becket have all the fun. (via Manly Guys Doing Manly Things)

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  20. Seattle Public Library Introduces Free Video Streaming Service

    No, it's not exactly Netflix grade. But then again, you're not paying for it either.

    Want streaming video on your computer but don't love paying for services like Netflix or Hulu? Well good news, skinflint -- if you live in Seattle that is. Seattle Public Library just announced a new service that allows patrons to stream videos and music through a service known as Hoopla for free.

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