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Librarians need a seaside rest home!

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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

no dogs, drunks, or smallpox

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The Hyde Institute Library in Barnet Vale, Hertfordshire, England had some strict rules for its patrons.

Citation for the original is uncertain. According to the Bodleian Library, the source may be a 1930 issue of the Nottingham PostA slightly different version of these rules may have appeared in the May 2, 1930 issue of the Western Gazette. Yet another version appeared on page 11 of the May 29, 1930 issue of the Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser.

Thanks, Woody Guth3!

April 24, 2018 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

“Horoscopes for Librarians”

Horoscopes for Librarians” by Mayur Chauhan and Sally Miller in McSweeney’s is funny even if you don’t care about astrology. Thanks, WoodyGuth3!

April 10, 2018 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

spotlight on writers from “Sh*thole Countries”

shitholeSeveral libraries are doing this sort of thing in response to Trump’s idiotic and disturbing comment about U.S. immigrants, but I’m especially proud of the Winton Road Library in Rochester, NY, because I’m a Rochester girl through and through (just ayask my ayaccent).

Thanks, Jinny Spencer and Joan Petit!

January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

hmmf.

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cai.2a12029Erin Blakemore on women’s reading rooms and the problem of “library loafers.” Thanks, Dina Wood!

January 26, 2018 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

library hedgehog

In case you need a little palate cleanser after that last post, here’s a picture of Quilliam, the hedgehog of the Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library.

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Quilliam makes his home in the teen area of the Lee Road branch.

Thanks, Simona Mkrtschjan!

January 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm 1 comment

Please do not let Max into the library.

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Library unknown. May not even be real. I don’t know.

Thanks, Diane Westerfield!

November 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm 1 comment

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