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indoor flying demonstration

flying1 flying2flyingwave As part of Colorado College’s block 7 library shenanigans, Jessy Randall (your trusty shenanigan documenter) offered an indoor flying demonstration lasting approximately two minutes. (It’s important to fly slowly when flying indoors, for safety reasons.) Music Librarian Daryll Stevens accompanied the demonstration with the Superman theme on clarinet.

April 18, 2014 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Plushies available for borrowing

plushiesAs a block 7 stress-buster, Rebecca Harner had the idea to lend out “study buddies” in the Colorado College library this week. The experiment was a huge success, with stuffed animals keeping students company at desks and tables all over the building.

 

Addendum, April 16:

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April 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm 1 comment

it’s dangerous to google Solo

soloDebra Westwood uploaded this image to the ALA Think Tank Facebook page stating “Spotted on a bulletin board at University of Miami Hamilton.” The original source may be “theseeleyg” at the Mudd Library of Lawrence University. Thanks, Diane Westerfield!

April 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

check out this therapy dog — literally!

cooper The Countway Library of Harvard Medical School lends out a therapy dog named Cooper to those with the proper ID. From the library catalog record for Cooper: “1 dog (Shih Tzu) : dark brown, ash, and white hair, 15 lbs. ; 39 cm long. Notes: Should you have a good cry or even feign a whimper near Coop, you are guaranteed to get lots of kisses.”

catsMeanwhile, at the Kennedy Library of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, cats are sometimes made available as a stressbusting treat.

Thanks, Joan Petit!

March 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

forts in the library, Monday and Tuesday

IM002271The entire Colorado College community is invited to build blanket forts in Tutt Library today, Monday March 31, and tomorrow, Tuesday April 1, and that’s no April Fool, though this whole fort idea may indeed be foolish. We’ve provided some supplies (i.e. blankets) in the main lobby, and you’re welcome to bring your own. Perhaps you will study better in a fort! Let’s find out! (Send photos, if you like, to jrandall@coloradocollege.edu.)

ADDENDUM: photos by Pam Willock, Jon Driscoll, and Eleanor Nesbit:

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March 31, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

coded messages in library books

codednoteSomeone has been leaving coded messages inside books at the Weldon Library at Western University in Ontario, Canada. As of March 24, 2014, 18 notes have been found. Professor Mike Moffatt has images of all the notes at his blog, and a reward is offered to anyone who can crack the code.

Get to it, mystery decoders!

Thanks, BoingBoing.

March 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

drawing shenanigan

cardinalNow and then, students at the Colorado College library get inspired to draw on the whiteboards that are in various locations in the building. We’re at the end of a block right now, a good time for creative shenanigans. (But then, is there ever a bad time for creative shenanigans?) My colleague Pam Willock found this drawing on the whiteboard on her door today. Thanks, whoever drew this, for giving us all a good feeling this morning. (Here’s a similar shenanigan from last year at another library.)

March 12, 2014 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

U of Maryland library holiday video

“The Carol of Final Exams” from the University of Maryland library. Sometimes it’s okay to cry in public. Thanks, CC library Facebook page!

December 19, 2013 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

grumpy cat meme goes analog

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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!

December 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

library slides

columbialibraryslideThe Paris Review gives us this incredible view of the enormous slide used to move books from one building to another at Columbia University in 1934. (A similar slide was used at Colorado College in the great book move of 1962.) Click the image to see other, less enormous, more fun library slides. Thanks, Brooklyn Blowback!

November 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm 1 comment

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