book fountain in Budapest

Isn’t this wonderful? More information here. I love the comment at Gizmodo saying “They should also make a magazine version that randomly fires jets of water in all directions, like those subscription cards that constantly fall out.” Thanks, Esau Katz!

November 24, 2015 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

sexy librarian candle and more

il_570xN.860498812_hpbdThis candle is not a joke! It is real! You can buy it for $18 here. Frostbeard Studio also sells “old books” scented candles. I don’t know how either kind actually smells. If you know, tell us in the comments. Also available: sprays etc. and another candle. Thanks, Diane Westerfield!

November 24, 2015 at 10:47 am 1 comment

room-naming shenanigan

Colorado College’s Tutt Library will begin a major renovation in the summer of 2016, and the college will of course provide naming rights to high-level donors. For now, though, we notice that several spaces in the current building have acquired home-made honorifics. Suddenly this week we have rooms, nooks, corners, and even door knobs named for librarians both real and fictional: S. R. Ranganathan, Louise Kampf, Manly Ormes, Carol Dickerson, Melvil Dewey, Rupert Giles, and Starr Lackawanna.

No one has taken credit for this shenanigan. Perhaps several people are responsible? We look forward to seeing who else might be judged worthy of a naming opportunity. We expect that not all the names will belong to librarians. Perhaps I’ll name my office after Doctor Who companion Ramanadvoratrelundar, or Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn!

Addenda, November 18: B.R. Coad and E.J. Josey.

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November 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm 3 comments

“weapon of mass instruction”

free-book-tank-library-weapon-of-mass-instruction-raul-lemesoff-9In honor of World Book Day 2015 (March 5), Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff created an “Arma de Instruccion Masiva” (weapon of mass instruction), a tank-like vehicle full of free books. He drove it around the city of Buenos Aires, giving books to anyone who promised to read them. Thanks, Geordie Lishman!

November 16, 2015 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Sad Metadata Kitty

tumblr_nftcl3l83V1u4eaavo1_1280I only get about half of these, but I’m guessing some of you will get them all. And they take submissions! I know some of you are talented LOLcat-makers. Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!

November 5, 2015 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Flight of the Conchords plays a gig at a public library in New York City (“The Tough Brets,” Flight of the Conchords, Season 2, Episode 3). We find out at the subsequent band meeting that there were some complaints at the library about their loudness.

October 29, 2015 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

happy Halloween from Truro!

pumpkinThe Truro Public Library in Truro, Massachusetts may be responsible for this excellent jack-o-lantern. Thanks, Esau Katz!

October 29, 2015 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

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