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

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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

poems by library machines

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Book-return machines in libraries in England are spitting out poem-receipts. Electric Lit has lots of terrific examples. Thanks, Kathy Randall and AARP Magazine!

October 17, 2018 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Richard Brautigan Library Project

The Richard Brautigan Library Project from Andy Knowlton on Vimeo.

Artist Andy Knowlton has written and designed covers for 23 books in the imaginary library described in Richard Brautigan’s novel The Abortion: An Historical Romance. In the novel, the narrator looks after a library full of “unwanted” books donated by their authors, including:

My Trike by Chuck
Leather Clothes and the History of Man by S.M. Justice
Love Always Beautiful by Charles Green
The Stereo and God by the Reverend Lin­coln Lincoln
Pancake Pretty by Barbara Jones
He Kissed All Night by Susan Margar
Moose by Richard Brautigan
It’s the Queen of Darkness, Pal by Rod Keen
Your Clothes are Dead by Les Steinman
Jack, the Story of a Cat by Hilda Simp­son
The Culinary Dostoevsky by James Fallon
My Dog by Bill Lewis
Hombre by Canton Lee
Vietnam Victory by Edward Fox
Printer’s Ink by Fred Sinkus
Bacon Death by Marsha Paterson
UFO Versus CBS by Susan DeWitt
The Egg Layed Twice by Beatrice Quinn Porter
Breakfast First by Samuel Humber
The Quick Forest by Thomas Funnell
The Need for Legalized Abortion by Doctor O
Growing Flowers by Candlelight in Hotel Rooms by Mrs. Charles Fine Adams
The Other Side of My Hand by Harlow Blade

Mentioned in the book but not written/designed (yet?) by Knowlton:

Sam Sam Sam by Patricia Evens Summers
A History of Nebraska by Clinton York

Images of all the book covers are available at Knowlton’s Facebook page.

Thanks, Dina Wood, for bringing this project to my attention — I love it!!

September 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

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