Librarians Are Up to Something
Hello, sweets. Don’t you love Wednesdays? Particularly when they feel like Tuesdays because you didn’t have to work on Veterens Day, being a city employee and all? Man, the librarian occupation is pretty sweet. Pretty sweet indeed. News time.
PW reports on a fake Harry Potter #8 website. The website in question is pumping up the release date of the "next" Harry Potter book called James Potter and the Hall of Elder’s Crossing, which ain’t a bad title, really. If you’re gonna do fanfic, you may as well do it right.
Science Creative Quarterly appears to be having a contest that allows you to win bath stickies and a copy of I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. Awesome. Here are the requirements as they state them: "This time we’ll take any kind of submission. Just send some stuff in – because essentially the thing we like the best, is the thing that will make us send this book in thanks. Oh, and if you’re not sold yet, let us also tell you that this book comes with bath stickies. That’s right, bath stickies! In fact, we at the Science Creative Quarterly wonder if this may be the first time in literary history that a writing contest has been hosted where bath stickies are to be won." Of course, there was an incident involving The Paris Review and a contest held in a 1953 Spring edition involving E.M. Forster and some particularly obscene stickies, but nobody talks much about it these days so I’m not surprised that they would think that they’re the first.
Here’s a good bit of homina homina-ness. Borders is gonna put TVs in their stores. I don’t care two bits about that since shopping at a Borders for children’s books is the literary equivalent of going to the library to find bananas, but I’m sure they’ll be surprised by the sheer amount of hangers on they get as a result. I once walked into a GAP that was showing the same ad over and over, and at least five guys were watching it, mouths agape, for a good 20 minutes. Thanks to Leila for the link.
Questions about the library profession but too intimidated by the brilliance of your local MLIS holder to ask directly? Fear not! Mr. Library Man is here! Answering everything from whether or not librarians have secret handshakes (yes, but the Bash Brothers stole the move) to his quest for the world’s most perfect metaphor (which leads, naturally, to the world’s greatest mixed metaphors), Mr. Library Man has the answers. Thanks to Sandy for the link.
And finally, this has distinct children’s literary qualities to it. All thanks to Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre:
Thank you, dear sweet BB-Blog, for the link.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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