Librarians check it out: New chapter in an action figure's success story


Since opening Wednesday night, the bookstore set up for the conference at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center has sold as many Nancy Pearl librarian action figures as it has posters of actor Orlando Bloom, looking hunky above the word "READ." The store's staff expects to sell out of its 180 dolls by tonight.

The Seattle Times looks at Nancy Pearl, her Action Figure, and the PLA.

A Different Article looks at The PLA.


It looks to me as if Ms. Pearl in the real picture of her shushing on the action doll page is trying her best not to bust out laughing. This has to be a real hoot for her.

Interesting quote on that same page:

Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides.

-James Quinn

Wouldn't it be more correct to say "to all sides" rather than "to both sides"? Still, it's good to see the dangerous side of libraries affirmed.