Posts filed under ‘books’
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.
Circulation 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.
In 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!
I’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!
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.
Cool waterproof futuristic mini-library in Nolita in NYC from Stereotank. Part of the Little Free Library project. We’ve seen other examples here at Library Shenanigans, but this one is my new favorite. Thanks, BoingBoing!
Lego recently introduced a librarian minifigure holding a copy of Oranges and Peaches, which is a bit of an inside joke for librarians (though really, in the age of Google, are there any truly inside jokes any more?).
Oranges and Peaches (a misunderstood Origin of Species) is an imaginary book made real; full story here. (The tale almost certainly originated in the 1995 movie Party Girl; a reference to it appeared in a scholarly article the following year.)
The description of the Lego librarian leaves something to be desired: it contains references to overdue books and shushing, not most librarians’ idea of the important part of our work. But of course, the librarian minifig has already been repurposed: Kristin Bell has made a Lego Viking librarian (something we all need in our minifig collection). I might also like to see mash-ups with the Warrior Woman or Medusa, but maybe not the Street Harassment Construction Worker.
Thanks, Joan Petit!
The American Library Association celebrated National Library Week this year with a book spine poetry contest. They’ve created a Flickr set of all the entries. Congratulations to the winner, elizabeth-3! Thanks, Emily Lloyd; I wouldn’t have known about this if not for you.