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SoCal library runs 'shelfie' contest for National Library Week

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You're familiar with the selfie and the photobomb - but here's one you probably haven't heard of: the shelfie.

“A shelfie is a picture you take of yourself in front of a bookshelf,” said Beatriz Sarmiento, the head of the Commerce Public Library.

She didn’t invent the shelfie, but her library is staging a shelfie contest this week as part of National Library Week, which runs through Saturday. The prize: a pair of mobile/Bluetooth speakers.

To enter, tweet your picture with the hashtag #cocplshelfie. Library staff will chose a winner on Saturday.

The real goal of the contest is to rebrand the library and its contents as useful for people of all ages.

“Libraries are current, they’re there for the community," she said.

The work of the Commerce Public Library, Sarmiento believes, is about reaching the city's large population of Spanish speaking immigrants and their English dominant kids. On it’s web site the library promotes books such as  “Como Sanar de Amores Dificiles” (How to Bounce Back from Difficult Loves, with a prologue by singer Lila Downs) and “The Ghost of the Mary Celeste.”

Sarmiento talks about her own shelfie in a giggly tone. She was in the Nixon Room at the Whittier College Library when all of the sudden a feeling came over her.

“There were these shelves of really old books, and I thought, ‘I’m taking a shelfie,' ” she said.

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