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The Borrower!

March 26, 2017

Happy Sunday!  As we begin the wrap-up th weekend, how about a bit of library humor?  Enjoy!

A blonde stormed up to the front desk of the library and said, “I have a complaint!”

“Yes, Ma’am?” said the librarian looking up at her.
“I borrowed a book last week and it was horrible.”

Puzzled by her complaint the librarian asked, “What was wrong with it?”
“It had way too many characters and there was no plot whatsoever,” said the blonde.

The librarian nodded and said, “Ahhh. So you must be the person who took our phone book.”

Library Version!

March 11, 2017

Happy Saturday.  Here is a librarian parody of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that was making the rounds on Facebook last month.  Thank you Shoalhaven Library (Nowra, New South Wales, Australia)  Enjoy!

Reading in Fundamental!

December 17, 2016

I remember well the “Reading is FUNdamental” campaign from the mid-60s (and celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year [2016]).  This nonprofit organization was one of the earliest advocates for improving children’s literacy in the United States.  Some quick facts (from http://www.rif.org):

  • 65% = the number of  fourth-graders who can’t read at the 4th-grade level.
  • 80% = the number of low-income children who are “at-risk” of falling behind in school.
  • 8,000 = the number of high school students who dropout each day.

I’m certainly grateful for my literacy and cannot imagine the inability to read.  Here are some of my favorite quotations on the topic of reading.  Enjoy!

“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” (Author unknown)

“A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”  (William Styron)

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” (Author unknown)

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”  (Paul Sweeney)

“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.”  (Anna Quindlen)

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”  (Mark Twain)

“It is better to have your nose in a book than in someone else’s business.”  (Adam Stanley)

Some Librarian Humor!

November 22, 2016

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie based upon the book “Book! Book! Book!” by Deborah Bruss.

A librarian was working late one night at a small-town library. She had the door open for a breeze, and a chicken walked in, hopped up on the desk, and said, “Book, book, book!”

The librarian was a bit startled, but she quickly handed the chicken three books. The chicken put one under each wing, one in its beak, and walked out.

A few minutes later, the chicken returned, dropped those three books on the floor, hopped up on the counter, and said, “Book, book, book!”

Once again, the librarian gave the chicken three books, the chicken tucked one under each wing, took the third in its beak, and walked out.

It must be a full moon tonight, thought the librarian, getting back to her work. Of course, since everything in jokes comes in threes, the chicken came back. It dropped the books on the floor, hopped up, and said, “Book, book, book!”

This time, the librarian decided to get to the bottom of this. She gave three books to the chicken, and when it walked away, she followed it. They went across the parking lot, down into a ditch, and through a damp culvert. Good thing I wore my sensible shoes, she thought. They emerged into a little moonlit pool. There, the chicken stopped in front of the largest bullfrog the librarian had ever seen. He took one look at the books the chicken was carrying and croaked, “Read it, read it, read it!”

Source: this joke was a portion of a children’s book, Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss

Better Late Than Never!

July 24, 2016

I know it is already July and I should have posted this message back in January, but 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman television series, starring Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) as the dynamic duo — the official starting date of the series: January 12, 1966; the series ran until March 14, 1968.  And, in honor of this event, here is a bit of librarian humor that I just had to share.  Ah, the memories of “POWS,” and “BAMS.” The novelty of the program made this show an instant hit. Unfortunately, the novelty eventually faded and the campy humor wasn’t sustainable past a couple of seasons.  Twas a simpler and less sophisticated type of television programming, but very entertaining (especially to the younger crowd/audience).  Enjoy!

Long Live the Book!

June 18, 2016

The data presented in this infographic is a few years old now, but an interesting validation nonetheless.

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Movers & Shakers 2016!

March 23, 2016

Movers2016Congratulations to the 2016 class of Movers & Shakers!  With this year’s class (the fifteenth), the number of Movers has grown to over 750 librarians making a difference.  Each year Library Journal seeks nominations and asks for help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Profiled here are the  up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference.

These fifty-four librarians being honored fit into one of six categories: Advocates, Change Agents, Community Builders, Educators, Innovators, and Tech Leaders.

Allow me to give a shout-out to SLA member Mila Pollock for being recognized in this year’s class.  Congratulations Mila!

Here’s a map showing the breakdown of all Movers & Shakers by State and Country.

Value of the Library?

August 14, 2015

With the new semester just about to start, here is an interesting infographic (courtesy of Cengage Learning) that compares the student versus instructor feedback on the library and students’ research skills.

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Books We Won’t Get To Read!

June 4, 2015

Are you aware of the international project (the Future Library) in Oslo, Norway, that is starting to collect unpublished books that won’t be made available until the year 2114?  The project will have one author contribute a new, unread text to the collection every year for the next 100 years. The idea is that these works would then be kept locked up until 2114, when the 1,000 trees, that have been planted for the project in a forest just outside Oslo, will be harvested to provide the paper for the printing of these books.

The first author to be given this opportunity: Margaret Atwood, the Toronto-based Man Booker prize winner.  On May 26th, she handed over the manuscript in a simple ceremony amongst the newly planted trees.  We don’t know exactly how long this book is (it was delivered in a closed box), but Ms. Atwood did reveal the title: “Scribbler Moon.”

David Stephen Mitchell is slated to be the next contributor in 2016.  David has written six novels (two of which have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize [number9dream and Cloud Atlas]).

What Kind of Reader Are You?!

March 13, 2015

I ran across this wonderful quotation the other day: “I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.” (William Lyon Phelps).   Depending on what I’m reading (and why), I find myself fitting into both classes.  But, I primarily read “to forget.”  For me, reading is entertainment; an escape from the real world where I can allow my imagination to run wild.  I don’t expect to remember every detail of a novel . . . I hope for the enjoyment of a good story.

Here are a few definitions of reading, readers, and books courtesy of The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

Reader
“Someone who comes under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.”  (Dennis Potter)

Reading
“An ashamed way of killing time disguised under a dignified name.”  (Ernest Dimnet)

“An ingenious device for drugging thought.”  (Sir Arthur Helps)

Books
“Things printed by people who don’t understand them, sold by people who don’t understand them, read and reviewed by people who don’t understand them, and even written by people who don’t understand them”  (G.C. Lichtenberg)