Day Fifty Three of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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Have you read papers that you wanted to annotate? Or would you like to get the ideas from a community of readers who are reading the same thing you are?

Technology brings you this power!

Fermat’s Library

“Fermat’s Library is a platform for illuminating academic papers. Just as Pierre de Fermat scribbled his famous last theorem in the margins, professional scientists, academics and citizen scientists can annotate equations, figures and ideas and also write in the margins. Every week we send you a new paper annotated by the community.

Here are a few of their papers:

  • The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
    • Abraham Flexner – 14 comments
  • Ethereum: A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform
    • Vitalik Buterin – 14 comments
  • Proof Without Words: Pythagorean Runs
    • Michael Boardman – 6 comments
  • Eliminating the Penny from the U.S. coinage system: An economic analysis
    • Raymond E. Lombra – 8 comments
  • On Being Smart
    • Nabil H. Mustafa – 12 comments
  • Electronic Lottery Tickets as Micropayments
    • Ronald L Rivest – 7 comments
  • On the series of prime reciprocals
    • James A. Clarkson – 4 comments

Day Fifty Two of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Adobe Typekit Pop-Up Library (13957260825)
This is adorable! If there is interest in doing this around the CMLE area, we can help to make it happen!

‘Pop-Up Librarians’ let you devour some literature with your lunch

“A couple of times each month, lunchtime crowds at the Pop-Up Urban Park in downtown Wichita can get their food-truck cuisine with a side of literature.

The Wichita Public Library, as part of a new outreach effort, occasionally sends “Pop-Up Librarians” to the park at 121 E. Douglas to give away books and tell urban professionals about all the resources the library offers.

“It’s about surprising people with what a library is,” said Stephanie Huff, spokeswoman for the Wichita library.

“We give away books for free on a regular basis with loaning. So this is a little different, but it’s in that same vein of just celebrating the joy of reading for fun and pleasure.”

At least twice a month during the summer – the next event is Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. – a staff member from the library’s Central branch packs a few dozen books into a vintage trunk and hauls them the block and a half to the Pop-Up Urban Park.

The books, which have been donated to the Friends of the Wichita Public Library, are free for the taking. And you don’t even have to return them.

Visitors are encouraged to take selfies with the librarian or their chosen book and spread the word on social media with the hashtag #PopUpLibrarian.”

(Read the rest of this article here, and check out all the great photos!)

Day Fifty One of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!


You do not have to work for long in a library before you find some unusual items in your return box, or in the books themselves. Look through some of the materials identified in this article and laugh, or cringe, in our shared experiences!

The Most Bizarre Things Librarians Have Found in Returned Books

by Ariel Zeitlin

“As a librarian I usually agree that most things do go better with a book, especially meals, baths, and country picnics. Apparently many people agree—and they take it quite a bit further than I ever would! Here are some things that have been found in library books (not necessarily by me or my colleagues). Let’s break it down by categories:


Apparently valuables also make great bookmarks. We’re talking crisp $100 bills, credit cards, lottery tickets, Broadway show tickets, and even live paychecks (not a receipt of direct deposit). These are the habits of people who are good at saving money (Hint: They probably don’t leave their paychecks in library books).


Books seem to make great keepsakes for products of nature. Librarians have opened returned books to find pressed flowers, four-leaf clovers, dandelions gone to seed, and whole marijuana leaves. (No one got arrested, that we know of.)


What you do in your private reading time sometimes ends up in public. Imagine picking up a returned book and having one of these fall out: tampons (thankfully unused), unrolled condoms (ditto), a home pregnancy test (positive!), and a glass vial labeled “smallpox sample.”


Sharp objects and books should probably not go together, and yet librarians have found scissors, knives, a cheese slicer, and even a small hatchet.

Theoretically edible

Eating and reading are a natural combo, which is why snacks are a popular bookmark. We’re talking Cheetos (mostly crumbled), a pickle slice, a Pop-Tart, a Kraft Single (still wrapped), and even whole strips of bacon (both cooked and raw). If you’re going to read and munch, try these healthy snacks.”

Upcoming Wednesday Office Hours


Next CMLE Office Hours: July 26th and August 2nd, both from 11am – 1pm!

CMLE Headquarters
570 1st Street SE 
St. Cloud, MN 56307


What are CMLE Office Hours?

Well, in a recent poll, many people said they would appreciate having a time to just casually drop in to Headquarters to chat about library stuff.

So we have established a CMLE Office Hour for you!

Every Wednesday afternoon with an even numbered date, we’ll be here in the office from 11:00 to 1:00, and available for you to visit! (And not only will Mary and Angie be available to chat, Lady Grey may make an appearance as well! She usually has some excellent ideas to contribute! 🙂 )

You can feel free to stop in, with no appointment necessary.  Feel free to come talk about library programs, policies and procedures, ask questions, talk about cool things you are doing, or any other library-type stuff! We are available to you.

Come chat about writing policies, working through materials selections, negotiating with vendors, planning your website or social media, going to conferences as a presenter or an attendee, zines/manga/pop culture coolness, or anything else you want to discuss!

Want to talk about library things, but can’t make it in to the office? Let us know and we can set up a phone call or a chat session instead!

Would you like to just come say hi for a minute, and put a face to our names? Do it!

You can test out the bike desks, see the plants and ever-changing seasonal decorations, and check in on Orville The Official Office Bear! (Really, he’s the heart of the whole operation; so you don’t want to miss out on that!)

See you at Headquarters!

Day Fifty of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Map of Alaska highlighting Juneau City and Borough
I always love to hear about library programs of all sorts! We can all strive to have a  mix of programs that might reach out to different members of our communities – or maybe give them a few new ideas to consider. (Being in the information business, that is pretty much Job One for us!)

“JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska public library hosted its first-ever Drag Queen Story Hour.

Gigi Monroe read children’s classics to more than 100 adults, teenagers and children June 14 at the Douglas Public Library in Juneau.

Monroe, covered in ruffles, rhinestones and glitter, is the creation of James Hoagland, a professional wig designer and producer of Juneau Pride’s sold out drag revue, Glitz. Hoagland said the experience provides youth with a real life example of self-expression, so they may feel freer to express themselves.

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