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Thanks, kick butt librarian Richelle, for sharing!


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Knol: Google’s Wikipedia

According to Google, “a knol is an authoritative article about a specific topic.”  Read all about Google’s answer to the online, user-edited encyclopedia at ABC News.

The actual Knol site is right here.

I like the idea, of course.  I lost a lot of faith in Wikipedia when I was looking for information about Dance Dance Revolution and learned that it’s a game involving used contraceptives.  Knol is pretty darn new to the scene, so I guess time will tell how many butts on the kick butt scale it will earn.

Thanks to kick butt and very tech-savvy Adam for sharing!

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The Sisters Grimm

What fun! The Fairy-Tale Detectives kicks off The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, and it is certainly a treat for fairy-tale enthusiasts of all ages.

I just finished reading it and wanted to share some cool links that the author included in the extensive guide at the end of the book.

Brother’s Grimm: Fairy Tales, History, Facts, and More from National Geographic

The SurLaLune Fairy-Tale Site by Heidi Anne Heiner, a very kick butt librarian!

Can’t wait to do some exploring!

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Eight YA Books I Really Want to Read

I’m inspired by a lively book discussion the youth staff had about the Texas Lonestar Reading List this morning.  The following books aren’t necessarily on any Lonestar list, and many of them are several years old, but the meeting got me thinking about all the books out there that I still really want to read!  Too bad I’m such a slow poke.  Here they are, in no particular order…

 Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale

Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

By the way, I highly recommend Goodreads to organize and track all the books you’ve ever read and ever want to read!

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Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries

A kick butt librarian friend sent me a link to these absolutely breathtaking pictures of the world’s most beautiful libraries. The extraordinary images were gathered by Curious Expeditions, a very cool site for armchair travelers and library lovers!

The Austrian National Library (Vienna, Austria)

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“Librariman” in Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary

I coined it, and I entered it—it’s as simple as that! Not only is Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary a blast to browse through, but it’s also intensely satisfying to add your own word (or at least what you think is your own word) and see it appear!

librariman (noun) : a male librarian, similar to “guybrarian” (plural: librarimen)
On the ride to the ALA convention, it dawned on Petunia that she was the only female in a car full of librarimen.

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Online Book Trading

OK, I haven’t done this myself, but I read about it in my fave magazine, BUST, and I may just have to try it. Book-swapping websites have been popping up all over the cyber-world, saving bibliophiles from shelling out cash for a good read and from finding the shelf-space to house miles of already-read gems.

Here’s how they work (generally speaking):

You register online for FREE and list all the books you’re ready to part with. When another bookworm requests one, you mail it and pay the postage, earning credit to request a book for yourself. Either order a book that is immediately ready for a new home, or add those super popular titles to a wish list and have them sent when they’re available.

Intrigued by this “Duh, why didn’t I think of that” service? Check out these BUST recommended websites:

Happy reading!

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