“Check It Out” Taylor Swift parody

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is responsible for this video. Thanks, Dina Wood!

April 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Yoda in a medieval manuscript!

yodaBritish Library curator Julian Harrison found an illustration of a creature who is clearly Yoda in a medieval French manuscript. According to the Onion’s A.V. Club, Harrison “says it’s obviously not Yoda, just a thing that looks like Yoda, but we think he’s just covering up for the fact that Yoda’s existence in medieval France throws everything we know about history into disarray.” Thanks, Steve Lawson!

April 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

little surprises at the library

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The text with this image is “There’s a guy at my University who goes by the name, Kush Jenkins, that leaves people weed in the library.” Thanks, Steve Lawson!

April 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Feminist Library on Wheels

flowThe Feminist Library on Wheels (F.L.O.W.) in Los Angeles, CA lends books from bicycles. Yes they do! The collection is cataloged with LibraryThing and they are accepting donations of books and money. They have a handy wishlist online. Thanks, Bust Magazine!

April 1, 2015 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

card catalog card art

20150306_cardcatalogart_53Minnesota Public Radio has an article on cool stuff people are doing with old card catalog cards. Look at these beautiful things Vickie Moore and Stephanie Duimstra are making. Just look at ’em! Thanks, Jennifer Resnick!

March 12, 2015 at 11:00 am 3 comments

Archie Comics library story

librariancoverBetty & Veronica Friends issue 2014, published in 2011, includes “Librarians on the Loose,” in which Betty takes a job at her local library. Sexual harasser and all around general prick Reggie teases Betty about libraries being boring…


librarianreggie1librarianreggie2…but she discovers the International Society of Librarians and naturally is soon embroiled in international political espionage.

librariansecretpassageBest moment: a member of the ISL explains that the society does all it can to perpetuate the stereotype that librarians are boring.

librarianstereotypePlease note: the International Society of Librarians is not to be confused with The Library Society of the Worldor is it?

January 16, 2015 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

giant schooldesk sculpture

When he was a student at Colorado College in the early 1990s, artist Giles Thompson built this large schooldesk sculpture. It stood in the CC library until 1999, when the college donated it to the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs. At some point after that, it was painted red, perhaps to protect it from outdoor conditions.

Giant chair-desk by Giles Thompson ca. 1992

Giant chair-desk by Giles Thompson, CC class of 1993, Tutt Library, ca. 1992. PP95-62 #68.

Library staff Jessie Brown and Rita Edgington in the giant chair, August 1993.

Library staff Jessie Brown and Rita Edgington in the giant chair, August 1993. PP95-62 #102.

"Necktie" event at Tutt Library, 1994. Schooldesk in background.

“Necktie” event at Tutt Library, 1994. Schooldesk in background. PP 95-62 #110.

Sculpture in Manitou Springs, date uncertain. At some point after 1999 the chair was painted red. Photo from the Manitou Springs Arts Council.

Sculpture in Manitou Springs, date uncertain. Photo from the Manitou Springs Arts Council.

January 9, 2015 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

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