To celebrate 400 years of the Bristol Central Library, animatronics company Rusty Squid (with artists, engineers, and designers) built this amazing moving, creaking honeycomb hive sculpture out of four hundred hardback books. Andrew Cox, a librarian at the BCL, says: “We embrace the digital but we all still love books and the book hive is a wonderful blend of art and engineering, reminding us of the intrinsic beauty and love affair we have with books as tangible items.” Watch the video for the full effect. Thanks, Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Gallery!
Terry Border (“humorist, photographer, earthling”) takes old paperback books and turns them into anthropomorphic representations of the stories in the books. This is more of a book shenanigan than a library shenanigan, but you know we don’t stand on ceremony here at Library Shenanigans. I particularly enjoyed seeing the very paperback editions I read, the ones that seem right, for several books — it was like seeing old friends. Are there books you prefer to read in particular editions? I’ve heard that as soon as you have two editions of the same title in your house, you are not just a reader but a collector. By that definition I think most readers are probably collectors.
Library unknown. Thanks, George Takei!
Emily Lloyd’s Shelf Check blog comic is a constant source of excellent library shenanigans. Her latest: “sneak previews” of a fill-in-the-blanks game called Cards Against Librarianship. Is the game imaginary? I don’t know. Probably. But she had me at LeVar Burton being stuffed into the book drop, and now I have the Reading Rainbow theme song stuck in my head. (Have you heard Jimmy Fallon’s Doors version?) Here are the Cards Against Librarianship previews one, two, and three.
UPDATE January 21, 2014: the game is real, and you can download your decks here. I want to play!
“The Carol of Final Exams” from the University of Maryland library. Sometimes it’s okay to cry in public. Thanks, CC library Facebook page!
This drawing appeared anonymously in December 2013 on the whiteboard at Portland State University Library. Is this proof that the digital world is not going to replace the analog world, but rather exist alongside, intertwined? I think yes.
Thanks, Joan Petit!