Friday Time Killers

Friday Time Killers

A Little Birdie Told Me

A rare visitor to the New York's Bryant Park Library...a prothonotary warbler on his (or her) way south. Story from the City Room Blog, NY Times.

Katie Price is BIG in Certain Parts...of Britain

Katie Price dresses up as a 'sexy librarian' at a book launch at Selfridge's in London (video & pics).

At the launch for her 547th autobiography (really?) the glamour model really toned things down, opting for a sort of sexy librarian look (sorry if we’ve offended any real librarians out there with this comparison) with a demure blouse, pinstripe pencil skirt, large belt and a funny little fascinator thing on her head. She even wore natural looking make up. And the finishing touch to convince us that she’s proper smart and everything, and that she totally wrote the book all by herself.... she donned a pair thick rimmed glasses. How very faux intellectual.

The poor woman is having a hard time having her fourth baby and finds she needs to tell all in her book. Fans gloat adoringly.

Is this the UK version of Angelina Jolie?

What Are Your Plans for Halloween?

It's coming up again...here's an old posting from Librarian Avenger. What are YOU going to be?

Anyone planning to be a (budget) slasher??

Novel-T Literary T-Shirt Contest


From Media Bistro's Galley Cat: For her entry in a t-shirt contest, reader Kristin Walko created an entire t-shirt out of pages from Moby Dick. The final product is pictured above.

Walko entered the Novel-T Photo Contest, a chance to win ten shirts and eight books. All you have to do is post a picture of someone wearing a Novel-T literary t-shirt on the company's Facebook page. The deadline is October 3rd, and the winner will be the picture with the most 'likes' from readers.

Here's more about the entry: "Here's my entry for the totally awesome contest! I may ogle your site each week but I've yet to be so lucky as to own a Novel-T, so this is my go at making my own Ahab shirt! I've fashioned it from pages of the novel itself (which I printed out--no book sacrificing here!). Thanks so much for doing what you folks do!"

Zappa -- "If You Want to Learn, Go To a Library"

from the Baltimore Sun: Live near Baltimore and looking for something to do on Sunday? Get thee to the library...

Two years after Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, donated a $50,000 bust of Baltimore-born rocker Frank Zappa, the art will be installed Sunday at the Southeast Anchor Library during a daylong celebration. The audience, which organizers expect to number in the thousands, will include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Zappa's widow, Gail, and one of his sons, Dweezil, who'll be performing with his tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa. Rawlings-Blake will designate Sunday as Zappa Day, Gail Zappa will host a Q&A and the Creative Alliance at the Patterson will throw an afterparty.

When asked where the bust should be placed, Gail Zappa said she picked a library because her husband was a self-taught man who loved libraries.

"He always said, 'If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want to learn, go to a library,'" she said.

Order in The Library! On-Line Game

Via [email protected] (Shannon Miller of the Van Meter, IA Library), check out Order in the Library...an online game using the Dewey Decimal system.

There are three games you can play; the sorting game, the shelving game and the reordering game. There's even a Spanish version. Go to it!

Self-Published Books...Do They Suck?

Two robots, one of whom represents author Zoe Winters discuss the subject on the New York subway:

Letters with Character: Book Promo Invites Letters to Fictional Characters

As part of the promotion for What He's Poised to Do, Ben Greenman's forthcoming book of stories inspired by letters, Harper Perennial invites folks to submit a letter written to a fictional character.

Harper Perennial is posting selected letters at Letters With Character: the blog. There's a moving letter to Charlie of Stephen Chbosky's oft-challenged The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and a funny one to Lowly Worm of Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.

Who would/will you write to?

Guys in Las Vegas Never Enjoyed Reading, Until Now...

from flickr user Roadsidepictures.

It's a New Month in the Book Trade

Shelf-Awareness on the first of the new month for your viewing pleasure:

Brave New Book World: Adapting to the Coup d'Etat/Apple Shines with iTie iNs/Borders' New Two-for-One Deal/Never-Ending Conference Becomes a Reality/Amazon Opens Northern Front

...also an ad for "Thin Thighs in Thirty Days", which claims NOT to be an April fool if you can believe it...

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:
  • 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.)
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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.

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