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What To Do With a Weary Aardvaark?

Everyone loves Arthur the aardvark, a favorite at the Lawrence KS Public Library's storytime, gladly accepting children’s hugs in a way only a 4-foot-tall stuffed animal can.

“He gets more hugs and kisses than anyone else,” says Joyce Steiner, youth services coordinator at the library. “He was looking rather droopy.” What’s an aardvark to do when he’s feeling a little physically beat? Take a vacation, of course.

That’s exactly what Arthur did this summer. With a little money from Lawrence residents and library boosters John and Carol Nalbandian, Arthur headed to exotic Independence, Kan. There, he visited the home of former library staffer Dana Hart, who just happens to be a seamstress.

More on the refurbishment of Arthur from the Lawrence Journal-World.

It Takes All Kinds...First Folio Thief Arrives at Court in Style

A man accused of stealing a Shakespeare folio valued at £3m arrived for a court appearance in a horse drawn carriage; report with video at BBC.

Raymond Scott, 52, of Wingate, County Durham, was dressed in Highland tartan and was accompanied by a bagpipe player at Durham Crown Court on Friday.

He faces charges relating to the theft of a first folio that went missing from Durham University Library in 1998.

Twitter as Conversation, as Culture

From NPR 'sharing culture, one tweet at a time' .

The Twitter Recipes of Maureen Evans
Chindu Sreedharan's Epic Tweets
"Twitterature"
...and more.

Mostly I liked the comparison of twittering to being at a cocktail party, enjoying a mixture of conversations and topics with a variety of different people.

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.

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.

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