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Since I was super-popular in high school*, I spent a lot of time hanging out at the Maine State Library.
I did a lot of browsing and reading and so on, but because of this story—which broke when I was a freshman—I also spent a good amount of time just staring at the ceiling:
In the fall of 1991, employees at the Maine State Library in Augusta wondered if there was a ghost among the aisles. Odd things, like flashlights, extension cords, and food from the break room refrigerator (mainly pudding cups), were disappearing on a daily basis. At first, security thought the culprits could be some of the workers hired to remove asbestos from the building. But their suspicions changed when, overnight, two refrigerators and a candy machine were nearly cleaned out, and a handwritten note of apology was left behind. As the thefts continued without any signs of a break-in, it became clear that someone was living in the library.
It's so appealing to the Claudia Kincaid in me.
*AHAHAHAHAHAHA, just kidding.
Quiz: Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You?
I got the 000's, which is pretty dead on the money: Generalities! You have a passion for general knowledge and information. You love locating information in books, reference works, and on the computer. You also enjoy keeping up to date with current events. Let's face it, information is your life! And you love it!
From the Guardian:
Together with the American Library Association, he is therefore setting up a new $3,000 (£1,800) award, The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. "The Snicket prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them," said Snicket, who is funding the prize from his own "disreputable gains".
"This seems like a better way to channel money to librarians than my previous strategy, which was incurring exorbitant late fees," said the author. The winner will also receive "an odd, symbolic object" from Snicket's "private stash", he said, "as well as a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing".
As I do really enjoy Daniel Handler's shenanigans, I really should give the Series of Unfortunate Events another chance.
SIGGGGGGGGGGGGH. And also GAAAG. I'm not going to go into the whole boy books/girl books/let's please stop assigning genders to books because HOLY COW and also YEESH:
But, as I'm sure you know, it's not all that unusual to find books marketed like that NOW, let alone in the early '90s, so no, that's not the weird aspect of this find.
Here's the back cover:
AND NOW, THE FRONT COVER (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE AUTHOR REVEAL):
I wonder if this is where his horror career began. I mean, this premise kind of already has him halfway there, right? Just turn Ernie into a soul-sucking demon or make those twins into evil replicants or make the couch carnivorous, and BAM: instant Goosebumps title.
Anyway, I'm fascinated. So I'll take it home and let you know how it goes.
But happily, I'm:
OOO! Five minute warning!
This month's theme was SPACE!
Even though I suspect that this patron's creations were unrelated, I love the possibility that she might have been imagining a 'bridge' on a space ship as a 'bridge' between land masses. So awesome. And, MAN, I am going to have to keep an eye out for more Lego flames, because HOLY COW THEY ARE POPULAR:
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I love that the astronaut is already floating off of his seat:
I can't wait for next month. SO MUCH FUN, GUYS.
Today, I held the library's first Lego Club.
Also, a patron brought me chocolate-covered bacon.
And finally, somehow the bathroom door got locked from the inside with no one in it, and like a boss, I figured out how to open it.
LIKE A BOSS.
Now, Josh is making me a grilled cheese.
And I'm going to eat it while drinking a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye.
While watching an Archer rerun.
I may have posted this link before, but it's a good one, so I don't mind repeating myself.
From the collection description:
What if the #savelibraries campaign had taken place between 1914-18? Then I expanded that out to World War 2 posters as well.
These are my two favorites, but there are loads more at flickr!
(Via Book Patrol)
From Diamond Bookshelf:
There are a couple of options for libraries who would like to hand out comics for Free Comic Book Day:
The first option is to partner with a local comic shop. If you don’t have a shop in mind or aren't sure which shops are in your area, see the Comic Shop Partners page on this site, which will direct you to the Diamond Comics' Comic Shop Locator Service and explain our School & Library Partner icon.
For detailed tips on finding or approaching a shop for potential partnership, see our How to Work with Your Local Comic Shop article which was published in the BookShelf print magazine issue #14.
If you're looking to order Free Comic Book Day comics from a shop, it's important to keep in mind that retailers order their FCBD issues and promotional items in January, so the sooner you can contact them and let them know what you’re looking for, the better.
...and, among other things, I found THIS TREASURE:
"Jennifer, 12, was not getting along well with her parents. She felt that they were too strict. In order to be free of their rules, Jennifer turned to drugs."
From the British Library's Digital Scholarship blog:
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain.
From the Des Moines Register:
Clive [Iowa] is merging its parks and recreation and library operations into a single department called leisure services.
The decision to merge the departments coincides with the retirement of library director Vicki Hibbert in January and the pending retirement next month of Kelly Canfield, the city’s first and only parks and recreation director. Canfield was hired in 1984.
The position does not require exhaustive knowledge or experience in library and parks and recreation activities, although Seaman possesses plenty in the realm of recreation, city staff said.
Am I being a HUGE fuddy-duddy, or does that sound like a TERRIBLE idea? I mean, the idea that a library is purely for leisure makes me cringe, and then the idea of the head honcho not being required to, you know, have library experience... it just seems like a disaster waiting to happen. But we'll see, I guess.
And then, from The Atlantic (via Chrissy):
The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.
Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library's holdings.
By law, "all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway," so when the library is finished scanning, the entire record of a people's language and literature will be machine-readable and sitting in whatever we call the cloud in 15 years.
At Pew's Internet & American Life Project:
Despite the fact that libraries are easily available to most, there are large numbers of Americans who say they are not sure about all the services libraries offer. Echoing the findings of our 2012 survey, 23% of those who have ever used a public library said they feel like they know all or most of the service and programs their library offers, while a plurality (47%) said that they know some of what it offers. About one in five (20%) say they don’t know very much about what is offered, and 10% say they know “nothing at all.”
I haven't read the whole thing yet, but wanted to pass along the link anyway!
Okay, so I found this Disney Babies series.
It's mostly comprised of titles like this:
Colors, ABCs, 123s, etc., etc.
You get the idea, right?
SUCH A STRANGE CHOICE, TITLE-WISE.
For a split-second, I thought that a library school had teamed up with Disney to create some sort of massively nerdy pamphlet. But, no. It's just a four-page book about putting things in order. For babies. CALLED SEQUENCING & CLASSIFYING.
If the other books had had adult-ish titles, I probably wouldn't have even noticed.
The Book to Art Club launched this September, and is an extension of the Library as Incubator Project. Its aim is "to explore literature through discussion and hands-on creative projects".
So far, they've covered The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Art Forger, The Language of Flowers, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and this month, they're working with John Green's Paper Towns.
It's a really cool concept, not just connecting art to books, but CREATING art that's inspired by books. Anyway, it's a cool website & a good resource, and a lot of the basic ideas could be easily incorporated into book groups (or classrooms), regardless of age level.
(I mean, I think a lot of storytimes already incorporate themed crafts, as do book groups for younger readers. And way back when, I always did a craft with my high school book group, too, but somewhere along the way, I stopped. I'll have to Bring It Back when I get a high school book group up and running at my new library.)
This video is about a specific situation in Toronto, but much of what it says could be applied to pretty much any other public library, anywhere:
(via Book Patrol)
So, what do you think?
Was this book written by Bar Code Tattoo-Suzanne Weyn?:
Relatedly, do your Christmas books circulate year-round?
Because holy cow, MINE DO.
Yep, pretty much.
Just home from the library's board meeting, and, as you may have guessed from the line I quoted above, I am a happy girl.
Everything I wanted, I got:
1. The board approved my suggested changes to the days and hours we're open. In other words, NO MORE ELEVEN HOUR DAYS AND SPLIT WEEKENDS, WOOOOOOOO.
Instead, the library will be open a much more managable (and sane) eight hours Tuesdays-Fridays, three hours on Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.
2. They also moved to start accepting physical donations again, which means I can FINALLY publicly thank Jenne at Scholastic for THE BEST CONGRATULATORY GIFT EVER--->
Note: That picture? Is only of TWO-THIRDS of her donation. SHE (and her buddies) SINGLE-HANDEDLY INCREASED MY YA SECTION BY A QUARTER, IF NOT A THIRD.
I love you, Jenne.
3. They—with no debate whatsoever—voted to shell out in order to join the library delivery van service, which will allow me to A) provide ILL services and B) host book groups.
And now, as promised, here are the highlights of what I've done over the last month (in addition to the aforementioned new YA section):
- Created a HUGE book sale area.
- Started HEAVILY weeding the adult nonfiction, which is... well, it needs to be weeded. Bad.
- Moved stuff around in the children's area and created an island display area with books faced out at actual kids'-eye-level.
- Separated the audiobooks on CD from the audiobooks on cassette (they were mixed) and catalogued all of the ACDs.
- Deep-sixed all of the VHS tapes and the audiobooks on cassette.
- Created a (very low-key) website.
Like I said, those are the highlights. There was WAAAAAAAAAY more.
But HOLY CATS, I NEED A NAP.
At work today, Raylan Givens helped me catalog some Amish romances:
Then he put some way out-of-date Book Review Digests in their place:
And then, finally, Josh stopped by the library and, while I was helping a patron, took it upon himself to fix Raylan's hat:
So, that was my day.
How was yours?
From the CBC:
Dereen filed a complaint to the library to get the book, and others like them, removed from the shelves or moved to a separate section free from the gaze of children. The library responded by saying that it did not plan to change its policies, and that the child’s guardian is ultimately responsible for the books he or she wants to check out.
Dereen then turned to Fox 59 in the hopes that it would help sway public opinion in her favour.
Is it just me, or is the dude's arm on the book cover INSANELY THIN?
Anyway, my favorite thing about this whole story is that the kid checked the book out thinking that it was about video game cheat codes. Because... well, again, I direct your attention to the cover art.
At the moment, my patron base appears to skew more retiree than preschooler.
I do have some preschoolers, and in particular, a pair of 3-year-old twins who are OBSESSED with Sophie's Squash.
Every week they come in, and every week one of them spots it, and every week, that kicks off a tagteam of, "Sophie!" "Squash!" "Sophie!" "Squash!" and then their mom saying something along the lines of, "I know you love Sophie, but you have to let the OTHER kids get a chance with her!"
And then they get distracted by the toybox, and the moment passes.
But, MAN. They do love that book.
And I admit it: so do I.
(Interestingly, I don't think anyone dies in this one.)
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In addition to seasonal coloring pages and the Rainbow Loom and a few pom-pom makers and whatnot, I currently have supplies out for...
Paper bag turkey puppets:
And pipe cleaner people:
Heh. My job is fun.