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.


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

Melvil Dewey / Harvey Weinstein

modifiedgrid(Original grid, before my modification, from CNN; portrait of Dewey from the Library of Congress)

Goddammit. According to this article by Erin Blakemore, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System benefited from a system he didn’t invent, the system of patriarchy, in the exact same way that Harvey Weinstein does. That is, he was a serial sexual harasser of women, taking advantage of his professional position to, well, take advantage of the women he met through that profession. “Shenanigans” isn’t a strong enough word to describe this behavior.

Thanks (or more like the opposite of thanks), David Weinstock.

January 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

gingerbread cuneiform tablets!

Cuneiform Gingerbread Tablets from Tavola MediterraneaTurn to the ancient libraries for your holiday baking this year and try Farrell Monaco’s gingerbread cuneiform tablets.

Thanks, Andrea Krupp!

December 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

streamer shenanigan

At some unknown library, during some sort of party for perhaps some sort of holiday, some unknown staffers figured out that they could run a streamer through the electrical outlet in the floor of one floor to the ceiling of the floor below.

But apparently they got in a little trouble for doing it and aren’t supposed to do it any more or tell anyone it can be done.

Thanks, anonymous person who told me about this and provided pics!

December 8, 2017 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

…like … how to become a jellyfish … in the world of business…

“Reading Outside the Box” is a web series starring Mr. Peter, a children’s librarian. In each episode, he unboxes a box of books and talks about them, whether he actually knows anything about them or not. In this episode, he and another children’s librarian, Miss Abby, made me laugh like six times.

Thanks, Peter!

December 1, 2017 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Please do not let Max into the library.


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

Thanks, Diane Westerfield!

November 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm 1 comment

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

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