Posts filed under ‘private libraries’

Doctor Strange library shenanigan

Doctor Strange steals a bunch of forbidden books from the library in the (fictional) city of Kamar- Taj while Wong, the librarian, listens to Beyonce. (Strange, teasing Wong for using only one name, has recommended he listen to that artist; he’s also mentioned Bono, Adele, and others.)

November 21, 2017 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

so many shenanigans

I went on a road trip with my family and a whole bunch of library shenanigans (and one museum shenanigan) piled up.


The Hermitage Museum keeps 74 cats on site to protect its treasures from rodents! Thanks, Anna Bendiksen.



Gloria Gaynor disco party at the Library of Congress in May, yes, this is for real. You know you wish you could go.


“Quirky photo project” by Elise Schimke at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


The whole collection, back in the vault.

The Folger Shakespeare Library apparently gets pretty cold, but researchers can borrow hand-knit shawls while on site. Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!



And speaking of library-themed clothing, library book leggings are available from Kickin Leggings (this ad showed up in my Facebook feed, so Facebook isn’t totally useless I guess).


March 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs — Terry Border

rosemarysbabyTerry Border (“humorist, photographer, earthling”) takes old paperback books and turns them into anthropomorphic representations of the stories in the books. This is more of a book shenanigan than a library shenanigan, but you know we don’t stand on ceremony here at Library Shenanigans. I particularly enjoyed seeing the very paperback editions I read, the ones that seem right, for several books — it was like seeing old friends. Are there books you prefer to read in particular editions? I’ve heard that as soon as you have two editions of the same title in your house, you are not just a reader but a collector. By that definition I think most readers are probably collectors.

Thanks, io9!

February 8, 2014 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

cake in the library?!

cake-1The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA has decided to attempt to preserve two pieces of wedding cake found in the papers of Edwin Carpenter. The pieces date from 1876 and 1915 and have “little research value.” Nevertheless, the staff have found themselves reluctant to discard cake. (I’m with ya, Huntington Library.) Thanks, Steve Fisher!

August 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm 1 comment

Dick Cheney Vice Presidential Library

cheney” ‘Now I must go and search for food and moisture,’ continued Luddom, moments before being devoured by a swarm of ravenous bats.”

Thanks, Amy Augusen!

May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Hernando Guanlao’s private public library

Hernando Guanlao has been running his own version of a public library for twelve years in Manila. The library has grown from about a hundred books to a few thousand. From the article: “The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want – even permanently. As Guanlao says: ‘The only rule is that there are no rules.'”

Thanks, Dina Wood!

September 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

The Joy of Books

More of a bookstore shenanigan than a library shenanigan. Perpetrated by … the books themselves! Thanks, Amy Brooks and others.

January 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

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