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"Interesting" Patron Questions

The reference desk of a library is truly one of the most interesting of places. Through an October poll in Crossroads, we asked WebJunction members to share the most interesting patron questions they had received, and the response was amazing! While there are definitely many humorous submissions, we also know that every day, library staff answer patron questions that help them in so many ways. From completing homework to applications for college, to supporting job-seekers and those looking to better understand nutrition or a disease - libraries help people find the information that they need to live informed and productive lives. And some days, it's just really entertaining.

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Drunk Library History - Melvil Dewey - YouTube

Wherein Christian confronts the specter of Melvil Dewey and generally makes an ass out of himself. Melvil Dewey's contribution to Library Science was profound while he as a person was a lecherous bigot. Watch Urban Librarians Unite founder Christian Zabriskie wrestle with Dewey's complex nature after having few drinks

From Drunk Library History - Melvil Dewey - YouTube

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Kansas City, Toronto libraries hug it out as Twitter battle ends after Royals win ALCS

The Kansas City Public Library engaged in a fun Twitter battle with the Toronto library, both used book spines as their ammunition. It caught the attention of people everywhere in the two countries.

From Kansas City, Toronto libraries hug it out as Twitter battle ends after Royals win ALCS | The Kansas City Star

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Library Parody of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk by Orange Public Library

Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University created a parody of the unstoppable single from Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk. The parody is called Unread Book and is presented by Pogona Creative. What do you think?

From Library Parody of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk by Orange Public Library - makingithappen.us

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CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week

CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week
From CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week - YouTube Published on Apr 13, 2015 The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." In homage to Taylor Swift and her outspoken support of public libraries and literacy and in celebration of National Library Week. See the answer key to reveal all the Taylor Swift references in the video: http://tscpl.org/checkitout
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Shhh…The Librarians Are Doing PowerPoint Comedy

At the California Library Association’s annual conference, librarians have given fake talks on real issues in their world, including “Outreach and Embedded Librarians” and “Innovation in the Modern Library.” The trick is to make the speech flow with baffling accompanying slides, such as a photo of exercise guru Richard Simmons in glitter clothing, and a jacket cover for a (real) book titled “How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children.”

From Shhh…The Librarians Are Doing PowerPoint Comedy - Digits - WSJ

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Cosplay, Comics & Geek Culture in the World of Librarians

For all you comics geeks.

Graphic novel and comic book fans are book lovers, so it is no surprise that libraries and librarians are portrayed fairly frequently in all sorts of graphic works. Here are some comics that feature libraries and librarians and are perfect for some light reading or for a fun library display.

Spelling Goof: Berkeley Librarians Recycle Misprinted B-E-R-K-L-E-Y Buttons

The public library in Berkeley, California, a city known for its obsession with recycling, composting and all things green, has found a way to reuse its misprinted buttons: by shipping them 2,385 miles away to a library in Michigan.

From Spelling Goof: Berkeley Librarians Recycle Misprinted B-E-R-K-L-E-Y Buttons | NBC Bay Area

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What's Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/whats-up-with-cats-and-boxes/

Take heart feline enthusiasts. Your cat’s continued indifference toward her new Deluxe Scratch DJ Deck may be disappointing, but there is an object that’s pretty much guaranteed to pique her interest. That object, as the Internet has so thoroughly documented, is a box. Any box, really. Big boxes, small boxes, irregularly shaped boxes—it doesn’t matter. Place one on the ground, a chair, or a bookshelf and watch as Admiral Snuggles quickly commandeers it.

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