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Yoda in a medieval manuscript!

yodaBritish Library curator Julian Harrison found an illustration of a creature who is clearly Yoda in a medieval French manuscript. According to the Onion’s A.V. Club, Harrison “says it’s obviously not Yoda, just a thing that looks like Yoda, but we think he’s just covering up for the fact that Yoda’s existence in medieval France throws everything we know about history into disarray.” Thanks, Steve Lawson!

April 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Montana libraries get looms!

loomThree libraries in the ImagineIF library system in Montana are now offering patrons the opportunity to try weaving on a loom. As Helen Carter Bergner put it on Facebook, “libraries are getting 3D printers … why not looms?” I agree! If we’re going to offer maker spaces and technologies, let’s offer all kinds! Thanks, Anna Bendiksen.

November 21, 2014 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

All About the Books (No Trouble)

Staff of the Nashville Public Library recorded a library-centered version of the Meghan Trainor earworm. Thanks, Steve Lawson!

November 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Ona Simaite, brave librarian

holocaustmuseumAccording to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this librarian performed truly courageous library shenanigans during WWII:

ONA SIMAITE (1899-1970), Lithuania

Ona Simaite, a librarian at Vilna University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna ghetto. Entering the ghetto under the pretext of recovering library books from Jewish university students, she smuggled in food and other provisions and smuggled out literary and historical documents. In 1944, the Nazis arrested and tortured Simaite. She was then deported to Dachau and later transferred to a concentration camp in southern France. She remained in France following her liberation.

Photo credit: Yad Vashem photo archives.

Thanks, Dina Wood and the USHMM Facebook page!

October 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm 1 comment

Watch out! We’ve got some science over here!

watch-out-weve-got-some-science-over-hereHere’s a shenanigan that makes new use of the Neil deGrasse Tyson meme. Nobody seems to know what library did this, but perhaps a Library Shenanigans reader will recognize the ceiling or the rug? Thanks, Diane Westerfield, for calling this to my attention!

July 10, 2014 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

What Every Teen-Ager Should Know: Girls Who Don’t Read Are Skanks

skanksProfessional Literature for Librarians, fake pulp-style book covers for titles such as Circ Girls Are Easy and I Left the Disaster Plan on My Desk. Not sure who created this gorgeous set of images. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!

April 21, 2014 at 10:10 am 3 comments

indoor flying demonstration

flying1 flying2flyingwave As part of Colorado College’s block 7 library shenanigans, Jessy Randall (your trusty shenanigan documenter) offered an indoor flying demonstration lasting approximately two minutes. (It’s important to fly slowly when flying indoors, for safety reasons.) Music Librarian Daryll Stevens accompanied the demonstration with the Superman theme on clarinet.

April 18, 2014 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

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