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National Library Week inspires fantastic “Shake it Off” parody

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What do Taylor Swift and National Library Week have in common? Well, nothing. Until now. Swift’s popular song “Shake it Off” isn’t about libraries or books, but the staff at the Topeka & Shawnee County Library in Kansas decided to make the appropriate change for this week. It’s pop stardom meets the Dewey Decimal System and it’ll absolutely make your day. This parody is aptly entitled “Check It Out” and it focuses on the perks of library membership and of course, the joys of reading in general. Sadly, many libraries around the country are in dire financial straits; uplifting videos like this remind us that yes, libraries remain – and will always be – critically relevant in society. Of course,…

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How will YOU celebrate National Library Week?

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April 13th marks the first day of National Library Week, a celebration sponsored by the American Library Association that has been observed since 1958. The week-long celebration is aimed at promoting the use and support of libraries. According to the “State of America’s Libraries Report” released last year during National Library Week, 53% of Americans reported visiting a library or book mobile in the past year. Whether you count yourself among those 53% or not, this week is a good time to step back and appreciate what our public libraries have to offer. Robert Dawson’s new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, April) is a good place to start. The book includes photographs taken by Dawson over…

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