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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

“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

ghost books

ghostbooksNot sure where or when this photo was taken, but with Halloween coming up it seems apropos. Thanks, Emily Lloyd!

October 25, 2015 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

“roots libraries” diagram poem

rootslibrariesNow and then I myself perpetrate a library shenanigan. I’ve been making a lot of diagram poems lately, using images from old library books and other things. Ohio Edit recently published my “roots” series, which includes a diagram showing my library roots. (It also includes one for my book roots.) The illustration is from: William Austin Cannon. The Root Habits of Desert Plants. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute, 1911 (full text available from Google Books). If you’d like to make a similar diagram poem showing your own library roots, email me the image ( and I’ll collect them in a separate post.

October 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

US/Canada sports rivalry … library vs. library

bookpileThe Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays are facing off in the American League Championship Series, so Libraries in Kansas City, Toronto are waging a Twitter war using photographs of books. (It’s kind of like this, but with baseball.) Thanks, Joan Petit!

October 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

way, way overdue books

OldLibraryBooksweb_01Many libraries have stories of overdue books being returned decades after they were borrowed. Portland State recently received a book 52 years overdue. This beats Colorado College’s figures: in 2005, we received books 25 and 45 years overdue. (See the full story in the Winter 2006 issue of the library newsletter.) But we’re nowhere near the record: 221 years. The perpetrator? George Washington. I kid you not. See the full story here.

October 22, 2015 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

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