Your CD mixing skills wanted!
Last week, Emily Lloyd (of <A HREF=http://shelfcheck.blogspot.com>Shelf Check</a>) noticed that her library carries a CD of wedding songs that bears the manufacturer's typo "PERFECT WEEDING MUSIC" and posted about it to Twitter.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on October 20, 2008 - 12:08pm
It appears the controversy isn't over. Sarah Palin has proven her ability to travel through time to remove the entire Harry Potter series from the Wasilla Public Library back before any of the books were even published, but now she proves to hold even more Peter Petrelli-like abilities (or is it Sylar???) by having more than one superpower.
It seems that a San Francisco (ah, you mean "gay") activist donated two controversial children's books to Wasilla, but was turned down in his attempt to have them added to the circulating collection. The current librarian gave the lame excuse that the books "lacked engaging illustrations and seemed to lack the ability to engage young readers" (again, meaning "too gay"). [Wasilla public library back in the news again . By Marjorie Kehe 10.20.08]
So the books failed the approval process. How could this happen in 2008?
Funny or Die is hosting <a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6342db2270">a literal translation of a Tears for Fears video</a> that takes place in a library. Instead of the schmaltzy lyrics, they sing about what is happening in the real music video. They really nailed libraries in the 1980s, not only does it prominently feature a monkey but a rabbi, a mullet, a quaint old card catalog, and of course a hot librarian stalked by a <strike>creepy patron</strike> lead singer from the band who happens to be "head over heels" for her.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on October 16, 2008 - 10:44am
I've been listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything in my car and I find it amazing that every task took so long to complete in the early days of science. It was common for one single experiment to take a year or more. I'm guessing scientists spent much of that time dressing and fastening buttons.
But yet the research produced the most amazing discoveries. It must be that slow processes produce deep thoughts.
Fashion Advice: Straight, long skirts have more than a hint of the sexy librarian about them (Chanel does a great sexy librarian just now). A full, mid-calf length is more dramatic, even poetic, in effect, but still more severe than anything bringing the droopily bohemian 1970s to mind."
Submitted by effinglibrarian on October 6, 2008 - 11:35pm
So I don't know if you heard, but apparently the Annoyed Librarian has sold out and has started writing for LJ.
I saw a post that derided her (or their) new found fame as if getting paid a little money for writing is a horrible thing. But now she has to really write stuff. She has to find a way to be annoyed about libraries once or twice a week in order to earn her keep; and this means she's probably going to have to make stuff up. I hope she can figure out how to do it and still "keep it real." (sorry.)
But because of this news, I feel I need to confess something to all of my readers, the.effing.librarian has been making money writing about libraries for many years now, for example:
Dear Penthouse letters,
You won't believe what happened to me in the LIBRARY the other day. I was browsing the stacks looking for a tune-up manual for my badass Kawasaki 650 when I was approached by a woman who was pretty stacked herself. She had huge double-D's, and when she noticed my gaze targeting her huge rack, she pressed past me in the narrow aisle and pushed those well-fed puppies against my tense chest. And you can bet that's not all that was getting tense.
She was somewhere in her thirties, a little on the plain side, but pretty, with her hair pinned up in the back and her lips colored the same bright red that was printed on the "no cell phones" sign in the front of the Circulation desk. Her skirt stretched against her firm backside as she bent down to retrieve my book.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on September 30, 2008 - 5:20pm
Yay, it's Banned Books Week. But not for ugly books. Only pretty, popular books get celebrated this week.
The ALA BBW press kit says, "Banned Books Week 2008 will kick off in Chicago, with a Read-Out! The event will feature popular banned or challenged authors and local Chicago celebrities..."
See? No one cares if unpopular books are banned or challenged or reconsidered or whatever you want to call it.
I would love to see the list of books that people have asked libraries to remove that were discarded without argument or protest. The librarian just looked at it and said, "you're right, that's crap and doesn't belong in our library; I don't know what I was thinking when I ordered it. Thanks for pointing it out."
A couple of weeks ago on the TV show House, the eponymous doctor was reading what looked like some bad porn novel with a title like Bondage Women in Prison; you know the ones with no cover art and filled with typos like vajina and oreola... like the ones I have on my bookcase over here. What if someone saw that episode and came in to get that book? And it was a real book. And no other library in the country owned it, but it was available from your book vendor? Would you buy a copy to fill the request?
No, you'd make some excuse about books requiring recommendations from a prominent review source even though half the books you buy are prepubs or mass-markets or popular titles with no reviews except on Amazon. You probably wouldn't buy a copy and no one would care.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on September 18, 2008 - 9:28am
So what secrets did "anonymous" expose by hacking into Sarah Palin's email? From what I saw, nothing damning. Only some questionable messages and this recipe:
Sarah's Polar Bear Fondue
One polar bear, cleaned
10 pounds flour
4 dozen eggs
50 pounds Gruyere
50 pounds Emmental
6 bottles dry white wine
1 pound garlic, peeled, crushed
serve with Triscuits, yummers!
or with optional baby seal paté (recipe to be sent in follow-up email)
At least someone out there loves books, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_moreau/418008212/sizes/l/">A Parking Garage?</a>. I guess I'm not quite sure where this is, <a href="http://deputy-dog.com/2007/11/30/can-you-spot-the-library/">This Blog Says</a> it's Missouri, more specifically, Kansas City.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on September 16, 2008 - 10:49pm
What do you get when you take an incredibly successful series of thrillers, cross them with a really successful series of books for children, and then make a movie out of it?
You get The Waldo Ultimatum.
This summer... Waldo finds... HIMSELF.
Submitted by birdie on September 11, 2008 - 9:02am
Roald Dahl never won a children's book prize in his lifetime, but today he has gone one better, as the shortlists for a literary prize bearing his name are announced.
Founded by the children's laureate Michael Rosen, the Roald Dahl Funny prize celebrates honours the most hilarious children's authors. The inaugural winners will receive £2,500 - a slightly more serious prize than the Gloucester Old Spot pig handed over to winners of the Wodehouse prize for adult comic fiction.
Rosen founded the prize to boost the profile of humorous books as part of his campaign to put the fun back into children's reading. More from Guardian UK.