amazing library cake

library cakeKathy Knaus made this cake for someone called Sarah. I await further information and will share it if I get it. Thanks, Tabitha Dial!

Addendum, August 21: see the cake-creator’s comments, below.

August 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm 4 comments

card catalog shenanigan

I have categories for library shenanigans perpetrated by students, staff, and animals. This one is perpetrated by ghosts. It’s the New York Public Library card catalog frenzy in Ghostbusters.

August 8, 2014 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Watch out! We’ve got some science over here!

watch-out-weve-got-some-science-over-hereHere’s a shenanigan that makes new use of the Neil deGrasse Tyson meme. Nobody seems to know what library did this, but perhaps a Library Shenanigans reader will recognize the ceiling or the rug? Thanks, Diane Westerfield, for calling this to my attention!

July 10, 2014 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Hombre McSteez’s aug(de)mented reality

Hombre McSteez uses an unusual stop-motion technique to make wonderful short videos. Check out the library shenanigan at the 1:03 minute mark:

Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

June 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

library check-out card t-shirts

shirtSeems like it would be even cooler if these check-out card t-shirts from had a bunch of names scrawled on them, though maybe that would look obscene or braggy (“look how many people have checked me out!”).

Hey wait, I see that if you go to the Shopjustwish site you can pay $5 and get an author, title, and name added! Awwright! What book would you want on your t-shirt?

Thanks, Steven Kotok!

June 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

a quiet prostitute in the library

Handwritten-NoteLibraries provide a great many unofficial services we don’t learn about in library school. According to a recent news story, a woman in Nashua, New Hampshire has been arrested for solicitation in the Tewksbury Public Library. She and the undercover detective communicated using written notes so as not to disturb the library patrons. Yay?

The public comments on this story are predictably amusing. I’ll share a couple of non-public comments made to me:

“Was she on the library staff? I only ask because so many library workers find it necessary to supplement their incomes by taking on second jobs.”

“I get the impression that [college and university libraries] they are among the most favored places for assignations. However, with the increased use of motorized compact shelving I worry about unwary ‘patrons’ being crushed.”

Thanks, Megan Lewis!

June 12, 2014 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Levar Burton can literally do anything because he read a book

levarA new version of the Reading Rainbow theme song, in which Levar Burton goes power-mad.

The end?

Thanks, Jezebel!

Addendum, same day: I’ve just noticed that in the video we see “quotes” from, it seems, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but in fact three of the four quotes are from the MGM film: “Now I know I have a heart, because it’s breaking,” says the Tin Man, but only in the movie; “I am Oz, the Great and Terrible” says Oz, only in the movie (though Dorothy does refer to him as a Great and Terrible Humbug in the book); “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” says the Wizard, but only in the movie. Dorothy does say “There is no place like home” in the book, but she says it soon after meeting the Scarecrow, not to get herself home with ruby slippers (in the book, the slippers are silver, anyway), and she doesn’t use the contraction. If you don’t believe me, here’s the full, searchable text of Baum’s book from Google Books: books.google.com/books?isbn=0486206912

June 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

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