Friday Time Killers

Time for Peeps

It's that time of the year...and since there seems to be some special relationship between librarians and peeps (can someone please explain that to me?)

Here's the Washington Post's celebration of the wee marshmallow treats, from their fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest that drew more than 1,100 sugar-inspired entries. See the winner -- a candy-colored take on the movie "Up" -- and 37 of their favorites at the 'Peeps Show'. For Peep-0-maniacs, here's video of the top five entries including a sweet portrayal of the Margaret Wise Brown's classic "Goodnight Moon".

New York Times Roulette

Fun app to get to a random NYT news article from the last 24 hours. And from the same person, a random hit on the U.K.'s Guardian website.

What to do with your rainy weekend

Spring is here and for rainy weekends around the country I would like to propose that we all get away from the gloomy news of melting economies and shrinking budgets and have some fun by watching one or all of the ten most notable movies that have scenes with libraries and librarians in them. Please feel free to add to this list, here is what I found http://www.filmlibrarian.info/

American Enterprise, Chronicling the Creation of Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Saturday Night Live take-off on the significance of the creation of Barnes & Noble Bookstores...something that could apply equally to libraries, don't you think?

How a Book Is Made (Old Skool)

A fascinating video originally produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in 1947, it shows the process of turning a manuscript into a physical book (minus the editorial part) using the technology of the time.

Printing a book, old skool. Notice how the 'men' use the big machines, and the 'girls' do the assembly. We've come a long way baby.

Did You Meet The Love of Your Life @ Library School?

Clarion University of Pennsylvania has a page on Facebook, and is inviting its members to relate stories of how they met their significant other at library school. They also have a page of couples photos on the site.

Here's their page on facebook; as Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, please add your own love story in the comments. Did you meet that someone special at a lecture, in the library, in the cafeteria or at the gym? Let us know, and of course where & when you went to library school.

Thanks to Kelly Palma for the tip!

Birthday Books Idea for Someone Special

From Shelf Awareness:

Sheryl Cotleur, the buyer at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, shared the following great story with us:

We had a wonderful thing just happen at Book Passage. A woman named Diana Phillips gave her partner, Diane Allevato, 63 minutes of shopping here for books for her 63rd birthday. Diane came in with lists (she prepared for weeks), her partner used a timer and off she went. I was given notice and did some decorating beforehand and had signs made welcoming her. Diane ended up with 73 books, which is pretty amazing as she tried to spend a few minutes with any book she wasn't sure of to consider its appeal.

1st Annual Holiday Online Secret Santa Extravaganza

I’d like to take a shot at arranging an online librarian Secret Santa. It’s been a rough year for the national library community as a whole and I’d like to end the year with some holiday cheer.

So, here’s the skinny: -- Read More

  • Sign up between now and 11:59PM Saturday December 19th. (Form embedded below.)
  • You will receive your gift target’s information on December 20th.
  • Gifts should be received around December 25th.
  • $10 gift limit (Go over at your own discretion.)

Kindle ad with catchy tune

You can download the full mp3 of the song on Amazon for free. It is here.

True Stories from a Book Drop Near You

Oct. 25th blog post, www.merrylibrarian.com

Book drops. It seems simple, doesn’t it? A name like “book drop” doesn’t leave much room for mystery…you’d think.

A recent poll of librarians has proven otherwise, however. Across the nation, patrons of public libraries have confused a book drop with trash receptacles, a donation box, urinals, chicken coops… The list goes on and on.

While we may never understand how or why this confusion occurs, we do know that the result of patron confusion–though sometimes disturbing–is frequently amusing. So, until the government provides libraries with several billion dollars to launch an education campaign on proper book drop use, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with this useful list of book drop dos and don’ts–all based on the true stories that have been sent in from around the world.

1. Situation: You work at a library in the city of Las Vegas, NV. As you approach the book drop, you hear the sound of squawking and scratching.

Don’t…Assume you’re crazy. You may be miles from the nearest farm, but there actually are chickens in your book drop…complete with food and water. Hey, it happens.

Do… Tell your coworkers to fire up the bar-be-que, baby!

2. Situation: Upon opening the book drop, you are pummeled by the stench of garbage. And on top of the rubbish heap in your book drop? A used maxi pad.

Don’t…Toss your cookies into the book drop. You’d only have to clean that up, too. -- Read More

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