Posts filed under ‘perpetrated by staff’

Anti-Prom — No Snakes

The Pflugerville Public Library in Texas accidentally enticed people to their anti-prom by promising there would be snakes instead of snacks, requiring them to release additional enticements stating the opposite. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!

April 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

crossword puzzle shenanigan

memoAccording to a recent NHM tweet, staff at the Natural History branch of the British Museum were apparently helping too many people with crossword puzzles in the 1930s and had to be told to stop.

Thanks, Steve Lawson!


April 12, 2019 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

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

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

Librarians need a seaside rest home!

According to Livia Gershon’s article “Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous,” Melvil Dewey “predicted that female librarians would have trouble doing the job because of poor health.” Indeed, at the turn of the last century the Brooklyn Public Library Association proposed a “seaside rest home” for broken-down librarians.

When Diane Westerfield forwarded this article to me, I responded that maybe Dewey had the idea that librarians might suffer from nervous exhaustion or whatever because he was sexually harassing them and perhaps there was some emotional fallout from that. Diane then found this hair-raising portrait of Dewey available at Find-A-Grave. The look in his eyes! Yike!


August 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Purple Syllabus


The Purple Syllabus, created by “Prince fans affiliated with the University of Minnesota Libraries in conjunction with the Prince From Minneapolis Symposium,” is awesome.

Thanks, Kris Kanthak!

April 24, 2018 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

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