Library words

Putting words about libraries and books onto posters is very popular, so there’s all sorts of options out there. These items are here because they have a quote or slogan about libraries or books printed on them. There’s one quote in particular that seems to be a favourite of poster makers: see if you can spot which one it is….

Library bird (ok, it’s a magnet, but hey…)

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Digital printable

Hand-lettered quote

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Linocut block print

Vinyl wall sticker
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Letterpress print
Digital printable

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Linocut print

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Mini Christmas gifts

Miniature things are one of my favourites, and miniature books are no exception. These tiny books are available either as volumes or sets of volumes on their own, or as parts of dolls house or in specialised miniature library settings. And some of the miniature libraries are just insanely good!
I’ve not included here the many options of wearable miniature books – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, badges…
A book with its own drawer for safekeeping
Mini clay books
Decorative mini books
Ghosts in the library books
Not exactly miniature, but very small “Little Leather Library” collection
How about a Medieval illuminated book, in miniature?
Or one with a secret compartment?
There are even illustrated erotic mini books!
And, as a grand finale, the safest way of all to keep your books – chained up.
Medieval library desk, and chained books

Signs of the times

Libraries needs signs: signs to say that they’re libraries, and signs to tell you about the humorous yet hidden qualities of the librarians that staff them…there’s a selection below.

Read books scrabble tiles
Science is power sign

Read

Geek
Read (yes, another one – they’re popular!)
Library letter blocks
Library sign

Hand-pulled print

Oh look: another “read” sign.

Think wooden sign

And, as a finale, look, what’s this I’ve found? Why yes, it’s another “read” sign! I think, by now, we might just be getting the hang of that ole’ reading business…

Read sign

The Christmas roundup begins!

It’s time once more for the festive book and library related gift listing. I know, I know, it’s only November, but if you want some of these presents to arrive in good time, you’ll need to start shopping now.

So, lets begin with bookends. Lumps that stop books from sliding off shelves by their sheer weight, or fancy tricks by the makers. Sometimes, they’re pretty, sometimes they’re fugly. Form your own opinions of the ones here (although I’ve mainly aimed for cool/funky/unusual, I allowed a few odd ones to sneak in)….

This bookend set is EPIC. And there are dozens more in the shop
Vintage 1950s green leather bookends
One of a range of hand stamped bookends
1950s mountain climber bookends
Bookends for you to decorate yourself
Bookend brains…and lots more in the shop
Erm….
Key bookends

Brass bookshelf bookends
Menacing kitty
Gear bookends
Love bookends
Doctor Who bookends
Motorcycle gear bookends

Shoe lasts bookends
Yellow elephants bookends
Antler bookends

Book clamp

Wood ball bookends
Wooden octopus
Music note bookends
Mathematical bookends

Airedale Terrier bookends
Lightbulb bookends

Outdated tech and concrete bookends

Hook and eye bookends
Wooden alphabet bookend
Recycled circuit board bookends

Kevin the Teenager

We’re all normal, sensible adults, right? Inanimate objects should not provoke feelings of rage, or the desire to destroy them. We should be able to laugh in the face of small irritations, while congratulating ourselves on maintaining our inner Librarian Zen.

And generally, we do. We field queries, wrestle databases, and wrangle information merrily, with good humour and cheerful Librarian Face* held firmly intact.

But then comes that day, that terrible, terrible day we law librarians dread. Oh yes…the day that the Yellow Tax Handbooks and Orange Tax Handbooks arrive.

Oh, they are fiendish, fiendish things, yet they merely add to the heap of Evil Books in the Library!

Between the Orange and Yellow (which have some disturbing issues), and the various collapsible Butterworths handbooks with their covers made of paper mache, which are now joined by the massive Chambers UK, the library is awash in schlumpy books, determined to slide slowly off the shelves. Or, in the case of Chambers UK, books that can’t actually be put on shelves at all, unless kept encased in their cardboard shells. Books which, for added fun, are so tightly jammed in that it’s virtually impossible to remove the guide from the shell without hauling the whole thing off the shelf and shaking it upside down vigorously to break the strange suction effect, while holding one hand over the Bar guide so it doesn’t make a break for freedom. Then, when you’ve figured out how to find anything in it, and want to put it back, it’s another wrestle with the cardboard shell, with the bonus of now having to keep perfectly straight and parallel the pages of a 1600 page book with a soft cover with one hand, while using the other to hold the Bar guide out of the way, again.

Meanwhile, in the background, is the soft hiss of tax handbooks, slowly sliding down the shelf…

It’s enough to turn anyone into Kevin the Teenager, provoking outbursts of muttered “I hate you”, and “This is so unfair!” whenever you’re forced to go near the damn things.

Excuse me, I’m off to go sulk in my room.

*Librarian Face – the curse/blessing of librarians the world over. The face that involuntarily says “Can I help you?”, night and day. More details here.

Law books ain’t cheap

Certain old law books are very, very expensive (like this one).

Certain new law books are also very, very expensive. This book has slipped from its original publication date by about 3 years so far, so there’s no guarantee that it will actually be coming out in November this year, as currently promised. But just look at that price.
£785.
Yes: that’s not a typo. It actually costs £785 for a single volume of a single book.
It has 568 pages. 
That’s £1.38 per page.
Law book prices are just insane sometimes.
 

5 candles. Not 4 candles..or fork handles.

5 candles on my blog birthday cake, on its fifth anniversary*!

I’ve done quite a bit since I started this blog up: Chartered, (hopefully) Revalidated, been a Committee member, been a Convenor, organised training events, gone to training events, formally and informally mentored other information professionals (and been mentored by them in return), set up the UK Library Bloggers wiki, pottered about the edges of interesting projects like the Library Routes and Build India A Library initiatives, been involved in the setting up of various wikis for various purposes, taken part in a course of online study, attended formal conferences and informal unconferences (that is such a horrible word!), and along the way, found a ton of entertaining book-related gifts on Etsy.

In other words – good lord, I got professional! And it didn’t even hurt! Keeping the blog going (despite long periods where I’ve thought “I really have nothing to talk about”, or “I have loads to talk about, but I’d probably be fired if I did”) has been less traumatic than I would have though, and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to type all my highbrow and lowbrow thoughts (admittedly, it’s generally more of the lowbrow), and see if anyone else shares them.

So, happy birthday dear blog, may we have many more years together 🙂 And if you’ve tolerated reading this for any of that time – thanks too, especially for not laughing too loudly when I’m being utterly dim 😀

All birthday gifts gratefully received….

*Well, it was on the 17th of June – I’m not so hot on dates sometimes.