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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. #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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  8. 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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  9. Things We Saw Today: Totoro Leggings

    Things We Saw Today

    By Etsy seller Zelas. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  10. 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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