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What Every Teen-Ager Should Know: Girls Who Don’t Read Are Skanks

skanksProfessional Literature for Librarians, fake pulp-style book covers for titles such as Circ Girls Are Easy and I Left the Disaster Plan on My Desk. Not sure who created this gorgeous set of images. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!

April 21, 2014 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

“sexy stories from under the covers”

cover_bookloversI’m guessing — or maybe just hoping — that some of the stories in this anthology take place in libraries. Of course, we already know that most tales of sex in the stacks are greatly exaggerated. Still, it does sometimes happen. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!

March 31, 2014 at 3:42 pm 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

Behold the Diction-Fairy!

dictionfairyI reserve the right to claim any and all reference book shenanigans as library shenanigans. (As with so many images on the open web, the original source for this is unknown.) Thanks, BoingBoing!

March 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

400 robotic books form a honeycomb sculpture

honeycombTo 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!

February 14, 2014 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs — Terry Border

rosemarysbabyTerry 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.

Thanks, io9!

February 8, 2014 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

not my favorite shenanigan.

eggCirculation staff at Colorado College’s Tutt Library have found a couple of decorated hard-boiled eggs on bookshelves in our stacks. We’re not sure who’s behind this, or how long it’s been going on, and you know we’re all for library shenanigans in general, but this one has some potentially yucky consequences down the line. We humbly request: if you want to hide eggs in the library, could you maybe use plastic eggs, or blown eggs, or, you know, any kind of non-smelly, non-messy egg-like items instead?

Thanks, Marianne Aldrich, for the photo.

October 22, 2013 at 11:52 am 1 comment

fakely boring ads for the library

gamingIn honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month (also known as September), Ann Leonard of the Pinal County Library District in Arizona has created this handy Pinterest board of Penguin/Pelican style book covers advertising library services. More information here. Thanks, BoingBoing!

September 10, 2013 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

accidental library shenanigan?

stfuI’m guessing this happened accidentally, but somebody took a picture of it on purpose, and that’s a shenanigan. (I had trouble seeing it at first. Hint: look at the stickers. ) Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

July 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

longest book domino chain ever

Record-breaking domino chain at the Seattle Public Library! Time-lapse photography shows the set-up. Over 2000 books go down. I particularly like the picnickers’ tableau! Thanks, BoingBoing.

June 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm 1 comment

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