invisible books on display

funny-library9“Sad and Useless” recently posted twenty terrific library shenanigans, some of which have already appeared here. New ones include: the invisible book display (pictured), Batman Returns His Books to the Library, Books for Tall People, and more. Thanks, Bruce Bentzman!

February 5, 2019 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Twitter duck battle

duck“Museums around the world are sending each other solicited duck pics … The world may be a hellscape of pain and suffering but museums trying to outdo each other with pictures of ducks makes it a little more tolerable.” I agree. Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

January 14, 2019 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

library prank at Gallaudet University

The Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections & Archives shared these photos on Facebook November 29, 2018, saying: “Throwback Thursday: The Library Prank. On a January morning in 1940, students and faculty discovered that pranksters had entered the library in College Hall (now the President’s Office) during the night and turned all the books around so their spines faced the wall. The stunt must have required multiple people, since there were too many books for one person to do alone. However, despite rumors over the years, no one ever came forward and admitted they were the ones behind this prank — and since it was almost 80 years ago, the original pranksters have probably taken the secret with them. The first photo shows the library as it was initially discovered, with all the books reversed and several students and faculty milling around. The second and third photos show students who were enlisted to clean up the mess and put the books back in proper order.”


December 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Starr Lackawanna’s namesake!

starr-lackawanna-button-librarian-225-button-by-cafepress      slatronica

Oh mah gahd, Starr Lackawanna, the librarian who appears in Daniel Pinkwater’s novels The Artsy-Smartsy Club and Looking for Bobowicz, is based on a real person, Starr LaTronica, currently of Brattleboro, Vermont! Which, come to think of it, totally sounds like a place in a Pinkwater book, alongside Hoboken and Hogboro.

Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!

December 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Marian Engel’s Bear


Marian Engel’s novel Bear, first published in 1976, is about a love affair between a librarian and a bear.

Yes it is.

If you would like to read it, it may be available in a library near you.

Thanks, Daniel M. Shapiro.

December 7, 2018 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

T-Rex library shenanigans

T-rexes invade the library of the University of Texas at Austin, May 2017.

November 2, 2018 at 2:47 pm 2 comments

18th century chicken in trousers

Do0skf6W0AAZV2DThe staff of The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) call our attention to some pretty fabulous 18th century doodles by Richard Beale, including this chicken in trousers. Thanks, Tom Lovell!

October 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

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