The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection


Library weeding isn’t a shenanigan — it’s an important part of collection development and a common activity in academic and public libraries. Pulling out awful / super-fantastic weeded books and drawing attention to them, though — that’s a shenanigan for sure.

The New Yorker has a piece on the Awful Library Books blog today. (Here at Library Shenanigans, of course, we’ve known about the blog since 2010.)

(Also, you gotta love that for Jack “Kewaunee” Lapserities, M.S., and others,┬áthe plural of sasquatch is sasquatch. Not everyone agrees — but then, Merriam-Webster claims the plural of bigfoot is bigfeet. So, whatever.)

Thanks, Inge-Marie Eigsti!

April 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

it’s bigger on the inside

IMG_20160403_130400546_HDRTARDIS-style public library outpost on 32nd Avenue and Stark Street, Portland, Oregon. More information here Thanks, David Kay!

April 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Le Boudoir in Brooklyn

To get into Le Boudoir, the cocktail bar of Chez Moi in Brooklyn Heights, you enter a “secret passage” via a bookshelf door. The door is, they say, a replica of a bookshelf in Marie Antoinette’s library, though the books upon it cannot be books she read — they are all in English, and published long after her death. Thanks, Brooklyn Blowback!

April 20, 2016 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

subway libraries

wide-shot-subway-libraryI recently learned of several projects involving reading on subways.

In the United States in 2016, a Miami-based ad company created an “underground library” on New York City subways, providing excerpts from ebooks and encouraging the use of the New York Public Library. Here’s a brief video about the project. Swipe for a free read!

Perhaps the company was inspired by something similar in 2013 in Romania : accessible ebooks on the walls of the Piata Victoriei subway station in Bucharest.

Also in 2013, a London “creative” organized a project she calls Books on the Underground, leaving books (regular books, not ebooks) all over the stations and trains. She documents the project here.


April 6, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

library shenanigans, 1893-style

Craig Conley of oneletterwords sends me these images from the 1893 issue of Cassell’s Family Magazine:


March 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Parks and Recreation library shenanigans

The library in Parks and Recreation is a bad, bad place. In Season 2, Episode 8, we learn that the Pawnee Public Library is “diabolical,” made up of “the worst group of people ever assembled in history.” The librarians are “punk-ass book jockeys” who are “extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous.”

In Season 3, Episode 4, Ron Swanson’s ex-wife Tammy, a librarian, sends a collection agency after Ron for his supposed overdue book, It’s Not the Size of the Boat: Embracing Life with a Micropenis.

I’m sure there will be more library shenanigans to come, or anyway I hope so, but I’m only partway through binge-watching the series.



March 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

life-size Candy Land

The Champaign Public Library in Illinois created a life-size version of the board game Candy Land in March of 2016. They did it the year before, too.

Thanks, Joan Petit!

March 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

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