Eisenhower Vows To Address Growing Problem of Overdue Library Books

I think it was Ender that spotted A Funny Headline From The Onion, June 24, 1957. "Eisenhower Vows To Address Growing Problem of Overdue Library Books."
"Operation Due Date" will encourage American's to return library books in a timely manner with a congressionally imposed 10 cent a week madatory late fee.


Read in library, not while driving

A funny little letter to the editor in The Arizona Republic from a woman who spotted a man reading a hard-cover book while driving, not once, but twice!
She says she did get your license plate number the second time and will attempt to make everyone's commute safer by reporting you.


Same Shinola, Different Day the library edition

frank r. hewitt writes "
Generally, mornings are pretty quiet. Especially on days like today when the weather is nasty, it’s quite pleasant to enjoy the library’s tranquil ambience undisturbed by patrons. But, like all good things, it usually comes to an end as noon approaches.

Our first patron of the day was Mrs. P, one the many senior hypochondriacs that keep the medical publishers' bottom line in the black.


About Robots

Michael McGrorty writes "
Last week I was working the reference desk on a rainy night when the traffic was so slow that I actually had a few moments to think. Being the type who likes to keep busy, I decided to take a tour of the lost-and-found drawer; we'd had a call earlier from somebody looking for a wallet, and it raised my interest in that treasure-trove of cast-offs.

If you've worked in a library any length of time you know that just about anything gets left behind, particularly by children. I ignored the clothing department and got to work on the books, dividing them into stacks according to whether I could identify an owner or no. There were a few textbooks to return to the junior high, and quite a few school binders. Inside one of them was a steno pad on which was written, in a kid's printing, this little gem, which I leave unedited:


Stripper Librarians

Jen writes \"You know Librarians are the ultimate fantasy objects when they are included in a New Orleans revival burlesque show!From the site:
\"Your host, the always suave Danny Martini, will introduce you to a prim and proper librarian who gets naughty after hours.\"


Check Out The Bookman

Tina Hagger passed along The Bookman. The Bookman is a bookshelf in the shape of a man and is a highly decorative piece of furniture as well as a sculpture.


<i>Unshelved</i> Makes Librarian Cry

(AP – Chicago, IL)
     While reading comic Unshelved the other day, reference librarian Aaron Schmidt burst into tears. Library patrons may have been confused by his outpour, but his coworkers were undaunted. “As librarians, we’re accustomed to seeing the misery of our own,” responded Circulation clerk Brent Lipinski.
      When asked about his reaction to the comic, Schmidt squeaked, “There are a variety of reasons the comic elicited such emotion. I was at first overwhelmed by the fact that there were two people [Barnes and Ambaum, the strip’s creators] that understood my situation. Then I got confused and started crying more, because I was scared that they were spying on me to get material. I then realized that there are librarians across the planet dealing with surly patrons and other malcontents. The frustration of all librarians in the world came out of me.”
      Schmidt was given the day off after the incident. He chose to spend it in the library, reading Oscar Wilde and listening to the Smiths on his iPod.


Ten reasons the war is good for public libraries

Michael McGrorty writes: "Ten reasons the war is good for public libraries:

1. The war provides an excuse for under-funding. Previously the holes in the roof were the result of governmental neglect; now we can blame the Iraqis.

2. The federal government is at long last taking a role in the operation of public libraries. The Department of Homeland Security has become our link to the administration.


NPR: Shellac, the Sound of the Future , An April Fools

Bill Drew writes "NPR has done it again with their annual April Fools Day joke. This one is really well done and fooled me until almost the end of it.

"Apr. 1, 2003 -- For several years now, historical preservationists have been stepping up efforts to transfer millions of hours of precious, perishable sound recordings to a single, stable format. Sound archive experts at the Library of Congress are worried that time is running out.

So for the past two years, technicians have been fighting time and technology to save America's audio heritage. NPR's Rick Karr reports on the effort to transfer the sound from all tapes, CDs, LPs, eight-track tapes and other audio materials onto a single, easy-to-access format that is absolutely stable. Even more importantly, the format needs to be reliably re-created and understood by civilizations 50, 100 or even 1,000 years from now."


Free Will Astrology - librarian pickup lines

Somone pointed to Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology for March 19th, 2003, that features some of our Librarian Pick Up Lines.
Scroll down to "AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It's one of those blessed times when you'll heighten your attractiveness by thinking more deeply; when pursuing higher education will help you create conditions in which you can better satisfy your desires..."



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