Posts filed under ‘perpetrated by staff’

library fashion show

The New Hanover County Public Library in North Carolina held a contest in 2015 for clothing and accessories made from discarded library books and cassette tapes. You can view the runway show above and the full details here. You’re too late to sign up for the 2016 contest, but perhaps they’ll do it again next year. Thanks, Tom Lovell!

May 23, 2016 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection


Library weeding isn’t a shenanigan — it’s an important part of collection development and a common activity in academic and public libraries. Pulling out awful / super-fantastic weeded books and drawing attention to them, though — that’s a shenanigan for sure.

The New Yorker has a piece on the Awful Library Books blog today. (Here at Library Shenanigans, of course, we’ve known about the blog since 2010.)

(Also, you gotta love that for Jack “Kewaunee” Lapserities, M.S., and others,┬áthe plural of sasquatch is sasquatch. Not everyone agrees — but then, Merriam-Webster claims the plural of bigfoot is bigfeet. So, whatever.)

Thanks, Inge-Marie Eigsti!

April 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

it’s bigger on the inside

IMG_20160403_130400546_HDRTARDIS-style public library outpost on 32nd Avenue and Stark Street, Portland, Oregon. More information here Thanks, David Kay!

April 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

life-size Candy Land

The Champaign Public Library in Illinois created a life-size version of the board game Candy Land in March of 2016. They did it the year before, too.

Thanks, Joan Petit!

March 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

books from the donation bin


“Weird Eddie” keeps track of unusual books donated to his library here.

I might try to make this:


Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

February 1, 2016 at 11:06 am 1 comment

Bodleian coloring book


The Bodleian Library at Oxford University has released a digital coloring book of images from their collections! Apparently, it’s a trend — the Wangensteen Historical Library at the University of Minnesota is doing something similar, as are many libraries. Thanks, Lynne Marie Thomas and Marianne Aldrich!

January 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

moral support during finals

20151210_095034_resizedHere at Tutt Library, Colorado College, we’re giving students back some of their leftover energy from the first part of the school year, when they arrived full of enthusiasm and excitement for their studies. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, for the idea!

Other libraries provide similar moral support during finals:

pulltagsKellie Meehlhause uploaded this photo to the ALA Think Tank Facebook page, and others followed up. Thanks, Anna Bendiksen!

December 15, 2015 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

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