Friday Time Killers

A Librarian Who Dog-Ears (but Her Mom Disapproved)

By humorist & librarian Roz Warren.

Some people handle books so tenderly that even after they’ve read one cover to cover, it looks untouched. They turn each page carefully, and always use bookmarks. They refrain from cracking the spine. They never eat as they read, so the pages aren’t dotted with red sauce or spotted with chocolate. And they wouldn’t dream of leaving a book lying around where their Yorkie-poo (or toddler) might nibble the corners.

I am not like that.

When I read a book, I move right in and make myself at home. I dog-ear pages, underline, highlight and make marginal notes. I’ll use the blank pages to make shopping lists or jot down phone numbers. At the ballpark, I’ve been known to use that space to list the opening line-ups of both teams. By the time I’m through reading a book, you can definitely tell that I’ve been there.

Relief from the January Blahs, "Cards Against Librarianship"

A forthcoming card game by Emily Lloyd, aka @poesygalore / Shelf Check. Based on Cards Against Humanity.

In Honor of Melvil Dewey's Birthday...

A Happy Schoolroom Story

Via Twitter: Cecelia Larsen @celialarsen "in which a classroom library is destroyed by flood, and book bloggers help save the day": #books

Read all about how volunteers helped restore a flooded classroom with new books at Cecilia Bedelia's Blogspot. Nice to hear about people adding books to school libraries (instead of removing them).

Check out this partial list of titles donated to Ms. Larsen's 9th Grade English classroom (Ms. Larsen is the author's sister):

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
White Cat by Holly Black
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle

If you have any further suggestions of books that belong in a 9th grade classroom (for self-directed reading), please mention them in the comments. Ms. Larsen and I thank you!

...Others Titles by the Same Author

William John Locke. Photo via
Sean Fagan, Old and Rare Books.

Geek Pride Day Is May 25: Here's How To Celebrate

Read Write asks, "Ready to embrace another arbitrary holiday - or just looking for an excuse to slack off and eat cake? Who isn’t? This Saturday, May 25, is internationally known as Geek Pride Day." A holiday "that works overtime as a general celebration of all types of geekery."

How will you celebrate?

Paul Krugman - In Praise of Public Libraries (Personal and Trivial)

In a blog post, Economics professor and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman rediscovers the Public Library.

"Well, there are coffee shops...But you can only drink so much coffee. And the answer is, libraries!"

It's Peeps Time Again

Libraries & Peeps, inseparable. What is your library doing with Peeps this week?

  • At Milliken University Library (IL), a long-term sociological study of Peeps and their behaviors
  • In the Philly burbs, you can show your creative talents with marshmallow Peeps at “Peepapalooza,” events next month at the Maple Shade and Cinnaminson branches of the Burlington County Library System.
  • Peeps give us a tour of the new Georgetown, TX library
  • At the Bedford, MA Public Library,winners of the Peeps contest have been selected, including Little Pope Peeps
  • Kalamazoo, MI Public Library will spend the week up to their necks in Peeps.
  • The Library Arts Center in Newport, NH is repeating its successful Peeps diorama project again this year.
  • It's "Peepitecture" at the Seattle's Central Public Library.

    Please add & update this modest listing with your comments!

    And in other news, "how to make Peep infused vodka" (we needed a recipe for that?)

  • Classic music albums re-imagined as books

    The Verge asks: "What if best-selling albums had been books instead? That's the question graphic designer Christophe Gowans asked for his new collection, The Record Books. Gowans took album titles and artist names and constructed a fictional backstory behind each. The full collection is up on Gowans' site"

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