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This one from the good folks over at Boing Boing:
"When I was in fifth grade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting decided to introduce a series of short films to educate children on how to use the library. For some godforsaken reason, the people at MPB decided that the best way to do this would be through a post-apocalyptic science fiction serial with children roaming the blasted earth in a… bookmobile… like a cross between 'Reading Rainbow' and 'Damnation Alley.' Confused? So was I. I loved the library and post-apocalyptic movies and television programs, and even I was completely nonplussed. Apparently someone has uploaded the entire run onto YouTube. The music still gives me the creeps!"
Story on NPR:
Matt Harding has gained a cult following for making and posting YouTube videos of himself in various exotic locales — dancing badly. Listen to full NPR story here.
A survey of 600 college students conducted by pollster Zogby International found that 43 percent of students identified smell, either a new or old smell, as the quality they most liked about books as physical objects.
Today, May 3, is free ! Make sure you go pick yours up as nothing beats free stuff!
Does your library use barcodes?
Sure, most of 'em do! Even those making the move to RFID tend to keep the barcodes around for a little while, if not indefinitely. But barcodes are bland, boring, banal, and blah. So why not do something different?
Get creative with your barcodes and turn them into little artistic masterpieces!
"Librarians are the new nurses and it’s time to break out your bookish booties for the sake of something hot: reading! Dress as a sexy schoolmarm, a libidinous librarian or prurient professor and meet up at 2 p.m. Saturday for prim and proper cocktails at the Ha Ra club in the Tenderloin. From there we’ll head to the San Francisco Main Public Library to put our hot nerdy mojo to work."
Gather a kid or two, design some cover art, and take a photo.
Oh yes, and you'll want to create a small, but incredibly cool, optical illusion.
And you wind up with some fun and lively photographs reminding us how books can change and enhance the lives of children.