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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

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

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

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 1 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

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