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Last night when I was perusing blogs I saw the spider out of the corner of my eye on the corner of the wall. I decided to let it be for a bit.Side note: I try to let spiders live (especially daddy long legs). I even went so far as to let one live the whole time I was in grad school in my bedroom because he ate those pesky scout ants. I even gave him a name Norman (After Norman Mailer) . But then at the end of my grad career Norman Mailer came to campus and when I came back after the talk ( talk about timing)  Norman the spider decided that he was being adventurous and left my room and was squashed by my roommate. Poor Norman, hope you are well.

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 I then went to youtube because I was taking a break and was watching Green Day’s “St. Jimmy” from the bullet in the bible. Anyway the spider started to creep forward until it was on the spot on the wall not to far from me and sat there for most of the song. If he or she came on the desk it was toast. (Sorry little Spidey) So after Greenday I was in an upbeat poppish type of mood so I played “get ready for it” “Upside Down” by A*Teens. (Corny I know, but itis so catchy) Anywhoo, as soon as the song came on Spidey whizzed up the wall and into the farthest corner of the room. So then I played Mary J. Blige and U2’s version of “One” and Spidey came back to me and then I played the Spice Girls, “Wannabe” and it ran for the hills.

So I guess the moral of the story is if you want to keep at bay European pop you must play!

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Libraries are AWESOME Places…

 

Over the last week I have read so many examples of outreach events that libraries are doing. All I can think is how creative us library people are. I mean a mini golf course in the library! How COOL is that! Discarded books as art! Students serving as models for PR? Are you kidding me?

 

Her are some of the fantastic ideas: (I am shaking with excitement)

 

  • Monster energy drinks and other foodstuffs in conjunction with writing center and health and wellness center. I’m on my library high!
  • Librarian bakers extraordinaire bake cookies and get donations such as coffee, hot chocolate, and tea from the dining center. Now that is a sweet collaboration!
  • Poker/Scavenger Hunt where each item found gets a hand at poker and the best hand wins. I bet that gets a full house
  • Murder in the library! This is a mystery type hunt with the students broken into teams and they solve the mystery. I guess you can never trust those librarians!
  • Book cart races. What else is there to say?
  • Students making their own READ posters. I’m ready for my close-up!
  • A blank wall serving as a graffiti canvas for artists. Amazing!
  • A palm reader, belly dancing lessons, pizza/drinks, and pop a shot. I see information literacy in your futureJ
  • Amazing Library Race where students do activities to win prizes while learning about the library. There are no losers in this marathon.
  • Stress busters. At the end of the semester putting out coloring books, games, and all sorts of things to calm the kids down. I can hear the campus calming down now!

 

Last but certainly not least is what we did at one of my places of employment. We got candy, cookies, and some music and had an art book raffle on the Friday of library week. We only have about 140 students and 70 (yes 50% of the population) came to the event. We are very blessed because our students love the library and love books. When they came in, they said if there is free stuff I am here! We do not have a big area so 70 people in our library makes it quite full. The tables were all filled plus the 2 side rooms, plus the floor, and the floor in the stacks. To get anywhere you had to step around students (we were in heaven). My coworker and I who planned it were like on some type of high we were so excited. Faculty even showed up and said they had a really great time! Faculty and students were asking us what we are going to do next year. I smell pirates…

 

I feel so lucky to be in a field where people are so creative and passionate for what they do! J

 

Sometimes I read articles just for fun and then the other day I came across many articles about women’s princess complexes. At the end of next year there will be a new Disney movie out called, “The Princess and the Frog,” which is set in New Orleans. There was a big brouhaha about the fact that the main character Tiana (used to be Maddie) was going to be a chambermaid. (not the smartest idea for Diney’s first african american princess) Anywhoo, thinking about jobs here is what I think the different heroines would have chosen for a profession.

Snow White: I think she would have been a teacher with her skills with shorter people and animals. Just look at her storytelling skills and musical ability!

Jasmine: I think she would have gone into politics with her ability to go out to the people and see outside of her ivory tower.

Sleeping Beauty: I think she would have been an actress with her dramatic ways and her penchant for dancing with animals.

Cinderella: She would have been a fashion designer. Look at all the cute little clothes she made for the mousies and birdies.

Pocahontas: Environmentalist for sure. She would have been lobbying congress to go green for years. (maybe she was from the beginning?)

Mulan: She would have been in the leadership in the military.

And of course since this is a librarian blog…

Belle so would have been a librarian. She probably fell in love with beast because of that humungous library!

That’s right, you heard me. Rachel is not in the third mummy movie “The Mummy 3: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” as the librarian Evelyn. Instead she is being played my Maria Bello. Now while I love Maria Bello, I  hope they are going to at least dye her hair for the movie. I mean, I think people will notice that the dark haired Evelyn from the first two films is different than the golden haired Maria Bello. Realistically I am amazed they are doing a third Mummy film at all. I thought they would be done after the Scorpion King, but oh well.

People wonder how can you make your reference desk and cheerier. Well how about put a cute little stuffed animal on the desk. One place I work has a reference/circulation desk and right in the front one of the staff members left a small stuffed bunny with a pull string coming out of its booty that makes it vibrate. At first I thought it was little weird until I put it on the desk and saw that it made the bunny scoot up and down. Now how can your frown Not turn upside down when you see it skipping on the desk. Sometimes I will pull the string and every time the students cannot help smiling.

I really want to out a sign underneath that says” We are hoppy to help you, ” but do you think that is a little cheesy? Probably, just a little!