dead mouse is not in database.

mouse7The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading found a dead mouse in its 155-year-old “perpetual mouse trap.” Rest in peace, little mouse. Your deed shall live forever in the records of the museum. Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!

February 5, 2016 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

books from the donation bin


“Weird Eddie” keeps track of unusual books donated to his library here.

I might try to make this:


Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

February 1, 2016 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Bodleian coloring book


The Bodleian Library at Oxford University has released a digital coloring book of images from their collections! Apparently, it’s a trend — the Wangensteen Historical Library at the University of Minnesota is doing something similar, as are many libraries. Thanks, Lynne Marie Thomas and Marianne Aldrich!

January 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

cold? check out a book!

Yet another real-life meme, where it’s difficult to find the origin. The t-shirt is for sale here. Thanks, Daniel M. Shapiro!

January 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

preparing for the big blizzard

mapThis map has been showing up all over Facebook and Twitter this week. I’m not sure who originally created it, but the earliest example I can find is a Facebook post from Peace Hill Press in Virginia. It’s also been shared by the Prince William Library and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Virginia and by Riverhead Books in New York.

January 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Library Wars: The Last Mission



My friend Noah saw this Japanese film offered as an option for viewing on an international flight. The plot summary: “In a dystopian near future, a special police force protects libraries … A mission to safeguard a special book is actually a devious trap.” According to Noah, who saw bits of it over the shoulder of a fellow passenger, the film “looked to be one non-stop gun battle.” It’s based on a book series by Hiro Arikawa, Toshokan Sensō (図書館戦争), which has also been adapted for manga, television, and radio. Thanks, Noah Sobe!

January 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

fake library events from Obvious Plant

tumblr_o0lbnumC7c1u53c30o7_540Several excellent fake library events from Obvious Plant. The one about rough-housing with a dog is pretty close to reality, though. Thanks, Julie Grisham, Steve Lawson, and Eliza Lake!

January 8, 2016 at 11:57 am 1 comment

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