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Okay, so this isn’t precisely a library shenanigan, but it’s close enough, I think — people tend to elide museums and libraries.
On May 10, 1922, Colorado College students removed taxidermied animals from the college museum in Palmer Hall and placed them all over campus. This shenanigan was apparently in protest of then-president of the college, Clyde Duniway, whose policies were unpopular with students: he limited the times when men could visit women’s dormitories; strictly enforced chapel attendance; and fired a football coach for using profanity on the field. 350 students (about half the total enrollment) signed a petition complaining about Duniway, to no avail. The animals prank was one of several that spring: students also released hydrogen sulfide in one classroom building and somehow got a live cow up to the second floor of another.
In January of 1929, CC students again placed the museum animals around campus, this time to protest the firing of the editor of the student newspaper.
Source: J. Juan Reid, Colorado College: The First Century (1979), chapter V, “Controversy and Student Unrest.”
Mental Floss provides “9 Very Specific Rules From Real Libraries.” Thanks, Steven Kotok!
Biblioburro is a traveling library in Colombia set up by Luis Soriano in 1990. You can read the CNN article from 2010, a NYT article from 2008, the Wikipedia entry, or a children’s book. Or maybe you’d like to watch a YouTube video. PBS will broadcast a program on it tonight (July 19). Thanks, Dina Wood!
This video from SaveOhioLibraries.com (with the help of the Capital Area Humane Society) points out how public libraries help people find work. I like when the kitten prints out her resume. If you want more, see the hat outtakes! Thanks, Dina Wood!
The New York Public library invited Tillman, the skateboarding dog, to skate in its main branch in support of public libraries. Turns out his favorite books are Clifford the Big Red Dog and Voltaire’s Candide. Thanks, Ruth Hughes and Karen Nipps!
A raccoon (more specifically, a “wily” raccoon) broke into the basement of the Brooklyn Public Library in July of 2010. Plenty of snappy commentary from all concerned. Apparently, the raccoon may still be down there a week later. Thanks, Kris Kanthak!
In Venezuela in 2007, mules carry a lending-library of books to people in remote areas. Not really a shenanigan, more of a wonderful idea, but still, mules carrying books! That’s cool. More here. (Thanks, BoingBoing!)