book cover quilts

The East Bank Regional branch of the Jefferson Parish Library in Metairie, Louisiana is currently displaying these excellent book cover quilts and more. All photos are by Laura Albana Hoffpauir.

June 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

poem for a sculpture

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This sculpture by George Segal sits on a bench at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. An anonymous sestina was recently found in its hands:

Dearest Muse,
I do not invoke but address you,
For I wish to thank you for your watch
Over this humble (or not so) university library
Where thousands and I have spent hours in study.
Please accept this work.

O, I cry to passerby—have you seen her? Have you come inside? Have you
Paid a salute for a blessing on your work
From the Muse of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library?
There she sits by the door to the quad, a study
In worn marble on a plain iron bench. She keeps watch
Over all those who enter her domain. (They smile. Do I amuse?)

She wears a watch
And goggles pushed up into her hair—a practical Muse.
I imagine she has come fresh from diving, some study
Of fantastic ocean creatures or slowgrowing plankton—the steady work
Of science as it takes the world and me and you
Forward, sometimes through this library.

Students, teachers, passerby—there is so much to do in a good library.
Sometimes you can even get done your work.
More often you are caught in the endless flood of work, study,
Essay, friends, study, and the sun rises but not on D-level and you stare into dead space and muse
That somewhere out there is the world (you’re bad at it) and friends (who all got this assignment done like competent people) and food (you don’t recall the taste of strawberries, nor the sound of water, the touch of grass…) and you, in the dark, useless, last, you—
Rest. Restore. A library has comfortable chairs, and the Muse will keep watch.

There is merit, too, perhaps more in lighter study:
Humanity in its prime, learning and laughing as they amuse
Themselves and each other at their work.
In a word: people-watch!
Joining with near-stranger to work a project, emerging from the depths to unforeseen companionship, you
Will find no purer kinship than in a university library.

And what they build—oh, the works!
Endocrinal Effects of Neural Synapse Protease to Satanism in Dungeons & Dragons: A study;
Blueprints for a rocket, a solar shade, a perfect clockwork watch;
Essays and stories and poetry, the architecture itself for a whole new library—
For inspiration, above all, is the gift of a Muse.

 

Thanks, Esau Katz, for bringing this to my attention!

June 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Book O’ Clock

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Clever idea by Anotrey. Thanks, Lorena Stabins and Staying Cool in the Library!

May 24, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

political shenanigan

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This display of books (“Ivanka Trump: Rewriting the Rules for Success” was put together in a bookstore (possibly in California?) by a librarian (according to the “inside knowledge” of a Facebook commenter). Titles in the display include Children of the Self Absorbed, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, and No More Narcissists!

Thanks, Simona Mkrtschjan!

May 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

miniature horse receives MLS

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“Kiwi the miniature therapy horse was awarded an advanced degree today at UNC Health Sciences Library — a Master of Library Shenanigans.”

(As far as I know, this degree is not affiliated with the Library Shenanigans blog.)

Thanks, Joan Petit!

May 9, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

so many shenanigans

I went on a road trip with my family and a whole bunch of library shenanigans (and one museum shenanigan) piled up.

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The Hermitage Museum keeps 74 cats on site to protect its treasures from rodents! Thanks, Anna Bendiksen.

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Gloria Gaynor disco party at the Library of Congress in May, yes, this is for real. You know you wish you could go.

 

“Quirky photo project” by Elise Schimke at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

The whole collection, back in the vault.

The Folger Shakespeare Library apparently gets pretty cold, but researchers can borrow hand-knit shawls while on site. Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!

 

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And speaking of library-themed clothing, library book leggings are available from Kickin Leggings (this ad showed up in my Facebook feed, so Facebook isn’t totally useless I guess).

 

March 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Mollat bookstore shenanigan

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The Librarie Mollat, a bookstore in Bordeaux, France, has been Instagramming images of their employees and customers with book covers. Some of them are so perfectly matched it seems unreal!

Thanks, Tom McBride and Bored Panda.

March 14, 2017 at 9:30 am 1 comment

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