Friday Time Killers

One Lucky Librarian

Librarians aren't used to raking in a lot of dough, but Toni Bonnema, a middle-school librarian, had to make the adjustment rather quickly. She won almost half a million dollars playing the slots at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek MI.

On her seventh play on a 25-cent, Tower of Power slot machine Thursday morning, Bonnema hit it big -- really big reports M-live.

Bonnema, 55, a Schoolcraft Middle School Librarian for the past 12 years, won $469,626.84 about 15 minutes into her first visit during the casino's second day of operation.

``It was like I was dreaming,'' said the Schoolcraft resident Thursday afternoon, a few hours after hitting her 8:15 a.m. jackpot. ``Everyone was asking me how I could be so calm after I won, and it was like I couldn't believe what was happening.

``I honestly thought my husband was going to wake me up and ask me what I was dreaming about.''

Library Day with the R-Phils in Reading PA

Baseball & 'brarians, with a couple of our own all-stars suited up for the game: Good baseball, good company! The Reading Phils invite library staffers, library board members, Friends of libraries, and our families & loved ones to enjoy the final Sunday home game of the regular season at a phenomenal discount.

Twelve bucks gets you a 2½-hour buffet, a place at one of our library tables on the picnic deck, live music & discount beers in the ballpark café, a free half hour for your kids in the Phunland playground, postgame fireworks, and more, plus at least 8½ innings of excellent baseball with the AA affiliate of the reigning World Series champs.

Follow-up: Celebs with Librarian Dads

When I mentioned the SLJ article I posted here earlier--My Mom, the Librarian--on Twitter, @ryanwlarkin asked, "What about librarian dads?"

Good point. I did some digging, and here are some famous children of librarian fathers: writer Amos Oz, writer Jhumpa Lahiri, writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, chef and The Cook's Companion author Stephanie Alexander, and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.

I've always been fond of the fictional heroic librarian father in Something Wicked This Way Comes.

SLJ Article: Celebs with Librarian Moms

What do actor David Caruso, Indigo Girl Emily Saliers, Morrissey, NAACP chair Julian Bond, and Nick Cave have in common? You guessed it: see My Mom, the Librarian at School Library Journal.

Library Cats: an Interactive Map

Iron Frog Productions has created an interactive world map of library cats. Click on a state or country to see all known library cats in residence (or formerly in residence) at local libraries.

A Literary Quiz for Spring

Just how many daffodils did Wordsworth see? This and other queries of the season. From Guardian UK.

Make Your Own Buzzword Bingo

Raena Jackson-Armitage at Sitepoint in Melbourne posted a unique tutorial in coding PHP. Raena's post discussed how to build your own "Buzzword Bingo" card using PHP. The inventive discussion can be found on the Sitepoint blog.

What's the personality of your favorite blog?

Typealyzer is a text classifier that t analyzes your favorite blog (or your blog) and assigns a Myers-Briggs personality to it based on writing style. The analysis of LISnews determined that it is a "Doer." I'd say librarians are doers, wouldn't you?

Do You know Where Punxsutawney Phil Spends His Other Days?

All eyes will be on Punxsutawney Phil Monday morning early (February 2, Groundhog Day), so I thought you might be interested in knowing that on OTHER days of the year, lucky Phil (with his wife, according to Wikipedia) lives in his own burrow located in the childrens section of the Punxsutawney (PA) Library. Not a bad life for a groundhog.

Wonder when and how he gets relocated to his outside burrow?

Know Any...Dead Librarians?


They were in costume on the job at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library(it's really Kellee Taavel).

What did you wear to work today? Have a scary Halloween and comment below...

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