librarian buttons and/or t-shirts that i want to be able to buy
  • “Punk ass book jockey.”
  • “1) Silence; 2) Books must be returned no later than the last date shown; 3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality.”
  • “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”
  • “Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins.”
  • “I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter! But I am proud of what I am! I… am a librarian.”
  • “Ook.”
Dis Why We Don’t Crush

When a librarian creates a small sign for the library’s outdoor garden space which matches the worm form with its resulting butterfly/moth, and explains to the summer reading groups a little bit about that whole “don’t hate on ugly ducklings” strategy.


Kudos to the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic Unversity for their sweet Vine, showing off the rare book The Tunnel Calamity, by Edward Gorey.
What a rad way to show off the benefit and joy of a paper book while existing on the internet! High fives all around.


Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art. Librarians and other book lovers post these photos weekly on visual apps like Instagram, using the caption #BookfaceFriday. The minitrend is giving a boost to the digital presence of institutions that are, by definition, purveyors of analog information.



Books Build Children

Created earlier this year by Dentsu Tokyo for the Yokohama City Board of Education, the “Books to build children” ad campaign hopes to recruit librarians to work in elementary school libraries.

Funny how we have to fight tooth and nail to keep our elementary school libraries open while other countries are actually in need of, and desire, real-life school librarians to help spread the joy of reading.

Previously on Book Patrol:
Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores
After helping the Ferguson Public Library we need to go to Philadelphia

New Batgirl Hits the Library Via ALA

For many years the American Library Association has materials featuring DC Superheroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman reading books. And one superhero who was actually a librarian.

The ALA has once again turned to Batgirl for swag with a new poster.

Barbara Gordon is in the current continuity no longer a librarian but she does wear some kick ass yellow Doc Martens.

There’s other new posters including Wonder Woman and Lil Gotham

And look there’s Barbara Gordon as Oracle, still a librarian, on the lower right! 

(h/t) @amyziegfeld

With a world of information at our fingertips — virtually anytime, anywhere — do we still need physical book-and-mortar libraries? Here’s one librarian’s answer:

“Public libraries are arguably more important today than ever before. Their mission is still the same — to provide free access to information to all people. The way people access information has changed, but they still need the information to succeed, and libraries are providing that.”

- Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library

Do We Really Need Libraries?

Image: Researchers at the constructed-by-Carnegie 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library, 1938. (New York Public Library)

Ask yourself if your community can see itself reflected in your library. And if you don’t work in a particularly diverse community, you should still feature a wide range of books. Especially in places where kids don’t often have the chance to meet and interact with children who are different from them, books can offer a special opportunity to expose children to cultures and lives that are different from their own.
—  Abby Johnson, children’s services/outreach manager at New Albany–Floyd County (Ind.) Public Library, in her article Diversity on My Mind