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Unshelved, the daily library comic strip available at Overdue Media's Web site , has had such a response to its "pimp my bookcart" series--readers at libraries and schools said they were planning to "customize, augment or otherwise pimp" their bookcarts--that the site is having a "pimp my bookcart" contest for "libraries, schools, businesses and anyone with a bookcart that needs a little something extra."
Entrants should e-mail pictures of the pimped-out bookcart, including front, back and sides. Unshelved artists Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum will judge. Prizes galore!
Deadline is January 15.
JET writes "Boingboing just wrote about the lamest wiki edit wars. http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/07/wikipedias_du mbest_a.html"
infodiva writes "I saw these pictures listed on the boing boing blog first today, but if you link to Flikr Here a library staff member has posted pictures of a dominos-like library shelf toppling (sort of like in "The Mummy", but at a book storage facility.) Check it out."
The Laughing Librarian recently visited a library that has an innovative new service for its visitors.
You've all seen parents and grandparents browsing the shelves in the adult section, constantly distracted by the children in their care whining or running loose between the stacks. This library has come up with an excellent solution: Kiddie Kages. Children are checked into Kages (they're stacked in a room lined with sound-dampening tiles), and the adults are free to find grown-up reading material, do research on that fungal infection, or sit down for some cybersex chat without being disturbed by the young'uns. To keep the kids pacified, cartoons play non-stop on a large screen facing the Kages. The service is co-sponsored by the video store and a local fast-food restaurant, which provides fries and soft drinks for free.
Anonymous Patron writes "Capn Wacky's Lists Covers Harry Potter Fanfic. Some funnies include "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Kidney Stone" and "Harry Potter and the King of Pop".See also, Signs Your Kid Spends Too Much Time Reading Harry Potter Books...Insisted on a pet owl, and is constantly disappointed when it brings him field mice instead of mail."