Friday Time Killers

NY State Cracks Down on Chocolate Library Because It's Not A Library

Via Kate (@librarian_kate)/Gothamist

What's in a name (Shakespeare rhetorically asked)...

The Chocolate Library is a chocolate store, not a library, and according to an arcane law, must not call itself a library.

Happy (159th) Birthday Melvil Dewey!

Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 to a poor family who lived in a small town in upper New York state. Keenly interested in simplified spelling, he shortened his first name to Melvil as a young adult, dropped his middle names and, for a short time, even spelled his last name as Dui.

More from OCLC.

A Little Birdie Told Me

A rare visitor to the New York's Bryant Park Library...a prothonotary warbler on his (or her) way south. Story from the City Room Blog, NY Times.

Katie Price is BIG in Certain Parts...of Britain

Katie Price dresses up as a 'sexy librarian' at a book launch at Selfridge's in London (video & pics).

At the launch for her 547th autobiography (really?) the glamour model really toned things down, opting for a sort of sexy librarian look (sorry if we’ve offended any real librarians out there with this comparison) with a demure blouse, pinstripe pencil skirt, large belt and a funny little fascinator thing on her head. She even wore natural looking make up. And the finishing touch to convince us that she’s proper smart and everything, and that she totally wrote the book all by herself.... she donned a pair thick rimmed glasses. How very faux intellectual.

The poor woman is having a hard time having her fourth baby and finds she needs to tell all in her book. Fans gloat adoringly.

Is this the UK version of Angelina Jolie?

What Are Your Plans for Halloween?

It's coming up again...here's an old posting from Librarian Avenger. What are YOU going to be?

Anyone planning to be a (budget) slasher??

Novel-T Literary T-Shirt Contest


From Media Bistro's Galley Cat: For her entry in a t-shirt contest, reader Kristin Walko created an entire t-shirt out of pages from Moby Dick. The final product is pictured above.

Walko entered the Novel-T Photo Contest, a chance to win ten shirts and eight books. All you have to do is post a picture of someone wearing a Novel-T literary t-shirt on the company's Facebook page. The deadline is October 3rd, and the winner will be the picture with the most 'likes' from readers.

Here's more about the entry: "Here's my entry for the totally awesome contest! I may ogle your site each week but I've yet to be so lucky as to own a Novel-T, so this is my go at making my own Ahab shirt! I've fashioned it from pages of the novel itself (which I printed out--no book sacrificing here!). Thanks so much for doing what you folks do!"

Zappa -- "If You Want to Learn, Go To a Library"

from the Baltimore Sun: Live near Baltimore and looking for something to do on Sunday? Get thee to the library...

Two years after Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, donated a $50,000 bust of Baltimore-born rocker Frank Zappa, the art will be installed Sunday at the Southeast Anchor Library during a daylong celebration. The audience, which organizers expect to number in the thousands, will include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Zappa's widow, Gail, and one of his sons, Dweezil, who'll be performing with his tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa. Rawlings-Blake will designate Sunday as Zappa Day, Gail Zappa will host a Q&A and the Creative Alliance at the Patterson will throw an afterparty.

When asked where the bust should be placed, Gail Zappa said she picked a library because her husband was a self-taught man who loved libraries.

"He always said, 'If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want to learn, go to a library,'" she said.

Order in The Library! On-Line Game

Via RT@shannonmmiller (Shannon Miller of the Van Meter, IA Library), check out Order in the Library...an online game using the Dewey Decimal system.

There are three games you can play; the sorting game, the shelving game and the reordering game. There's even a Spanish version. Go to it!

Self-Published Books...Do They Suck?

Two robots, one of whom represents author Zoe Winters discuss the subject on the New York subway:

Letters with Character: Book Promo Invites Letters to Fictional Characters

As part of the promotion for What He's Poised to Do, Ben Greenman's forthcoming book of stories inspired by letters, Harper Perennial invites folks to submit a letter written to a fictional character.

Harper Perennial is posting selected letters at Letters With Character: the blog. There's a moving letter to Charlie of Stephen Chbosky's oft-challenged The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and a funny one to Lowly Worm of Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.

Who would/will you write to?

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