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Geek Pride Day Is May 25: Here's How To Celebrate

Read Write asks, "Ready to embrace another arbitrary holiday - or just looking for an excuse to slack off and eat cake? Who isn’t? This Saturday, May 25, is internationally known as Geek Pride Day." A holiday "that works overtime as a general celebration of all types of geekery."

How will you celebrate?

Paul Krugman - In Praise of Public Libraries (Personal and Trivial)

In a blog post, Economics professor and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman rediscovers the Public Library.

"Well, there are coffee shops...But you can only drink so much coffee. And the answer is, libraries!"

It's Peeps Time Again

Libraries & Peeps, inseparable. What is your library doing with Peeps this week?

  • At Milliken University Library (IL), a long-term sociological study of Peeps and their behaviors
  • In the Philly burbs, you can show your creative talents with marshmallow Peeps at “Peepapalooza,” events next month at the Maple Shade and Cinnaminson branches of the Burlington County Library System.
  • Peeps give us a tour of the new Georgetown, TX library
  • At the Bedford, MA Public Library,winners of the Peeps contest have been selected, including Little Pope Peeps
  • Kalamazoo, MI Public Library will spend the week up to their necks in Peeps.
  • The Library Arts Center in Newport, NH is repeating its successful Peeps diorama project again this year.
  • It's "Peepitecture" at the Seattle's Central Public Library.

    Please add & update this modest listing with your comments!

    And in other news, "how to make Peep infused vodka" (we needed a recipe for that?)

  • Classic music albums re-imagined as books

    The Verge asks: "What if best-selling albums had been books instead? That's the question graphic designer Christophe Gowans asked for his new collection, The Record Books. Gowans took album titles and artist names and constructed a fictional backstory behind each. The full collection is up on Gowans' site"

    The NYPL’s Twitter-Poem Contest Sure Is Getting Some Odd Entries

    From the New York Times blog:

    New York Public Library is running a pre-National-Poetry-Month Twitter poetry contest through Sunday, in which you submit three very short poems and compete for a chance to win a set of books by America’s leading poets. Here's where you can enter the contest .

    One poem has to be about libraries, books, reading or New York City, but the other two can be about whatever you like. It is the “whatever” ones that, naturally, drew our attention as we made our way through some of the hundreds of entries submitted just in the past two days. Some rated impressively high on the what-the-heck scale.

    Here are a few of our favorites, a few about books but most not. It is possible that some of them were not meant as poems but were just tweets with @NYPL in them.

    @NYPL i ripped the wings off the wind and fed them to the birds / they aren’t as holy as they thought they were. — Drew Knapp (@drew_knapp) 6 Mar 13

    Paper @NYPL / pulped rags shucked from corpses / the fibers embracing type / like teeth meat / we’ll taste every word. — Matthew Wills (@backyardbeyond) 6 Mar 13

    @NYPL To become dead even for a moment is not prudent says Yevtushenko, so resist the gentle pull of the steering wheel always to the right — Peggy Delmas (@PeggyDelmas) 7 Mar 13

    A Message From Stephen Colbert

    Simply Useless!

    Probably should have saved this one for Friday, but... (I suggest you mute before trying).

    Here's "Take me to a useless website please."

    The Onion TV - Back of the Library "Smells Like Weed"

    U. of Maryland Library Gangnam Style

    Pretty hip place if you asked me...

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