What to Expect When You Are Expecting

See commentary at EarlyWord about the book "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" being made into a movie. Funny!

Zombies in the Library!

Yes! There are Zombies in the Library.

The South Australian Library & Information Network (SALIN) Committee has chosen to celebrate our diverse and changing profession through production of the 2011 calendar "Zombies in the Library". In 12 beautifully rendered scenes the calendar covers such topics as the role of the Zombie in reference, the frustrations faced when the Undead hog the photocopier, and for cataloguers, poses the eternal question: 299.675 or 398.21? Funds raised from the calendar will go to recovering the committee's costs, and any excess will go to charity.


Katy Perry Promotes Libraries in SNL Sketch

In a Saturday Night Live sketch "Bronx Beat", Katy Perry plays a teen who reads stories to children at her local library. At 4:00 mark, "come for the boobs, stay for the books."


All Those Years Shopping At Independent Bookstore Wasted

Reacting to news that independent outfit Shaker House Books had closed Monday, longtime customer Stephanie Brear said she couldn't believe she "flushed seven years down the toilet" patronizing the local store.

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What's Wrong With Books

To top off your work week, an outrageous video entitled Bestie X Bestie by Dean Fleischer-Camp. Writers/performers/best friends Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate (formerly of SNL) tell us "What's Wrong With Books". (may not be appropriate for work or for all viewers...some profanity)

!!!!!!! [BESTIE x BESTIE 1] !!!!!!! from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

Eat the Director's Brain: Zombies Attack The Collingswood Public Library!

“Eat the Director’s Brain”: The Second Annual Collingswood Book Festival 5K Race to Raise Money for the Collingswood Public Library’s Teen Area

Beyond spice: 5 witty library videos

Beyond spice: 5 witty library videos
A little more than a week ago, a video produced by the aftershave’s marketing team debuted in response to a tweet from librarian Andy Woodworth (@wawoodworth) requesting that the Old Spice Guy aka Isaiah Mustafa speak up for libraries. (The Old Spice team has been making custom videos for fans using social media.) The video has had more than 200,000 views. Before you could finish whistling the “Old Spice” tune, a parody appeared on YouTube and went viral—with over 1.3 million views.

But wait, there's more for library fans. YouTube has a mother lode of library-related videos from comedy sketches to singing librarians.


Top rated e-reader? The Newspaper

With tongues firmly in cheeks, a team of "engineers" from ran an extensive comparison of e-readers and rated the venerable newspaper as their top choice. A sampling:


“If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?” and Other Goodies

Capitalizing on the dislingualities of certain public figures, author Jacob Weisberg (also editor of the George W. Bushisms series) has come out with a new edition, "“Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

“Palinisms” takes you on a journey through the former VP candidate’s other-worldly syntax and impenetrable logic, as when she takes the media to task: “The perversion over these last years of what the media has done to conservatives, I think it’s appalling and it violates our freedom of the press.”

He notes that since McCain-Palin lost the election he finds Palin’s know-nothingness less scary. Now it’s become funny. “Palinisms,” he writes, “consist of a unitary stream of patriotic, populist blather. It’s like Fox News without punctuation. It is so devoid of content that it hardly deserves the adjective ‘truthy.’” WaPo.

Please Weed These!!

Huff Post points us to photos of the 9 Worst Library Books in a slide-show here.

Every library has them: titles in the collection that we stumble upon and think, "What is this doing here?" "Weeding" is where librarians take a close look at our collections and remove items that are past their prime. They are outdated, irrelevant, or just plain funny. AwfulLibraryBooks is a collection of the worst of library holdings. The authors collect the discards of their colleagues around the world and post them (anonymously, of course). The point is to have fun, laugh, and celebrate the time and place when these old, obscure books were popular.



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