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This School Librarian Turned Down a Book Donation From Melania Trump With a Scathingly Polite Open Letter

Do not f-- with librarians.

For National Read a Book Day, Melania Trump sent Dr. Seuss books to one school from each state. A school librarian from Cambridge, Massachusetts, though, has declined the offer, explaining her reasoning in an open letter.

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These Cheeky Librarian Signs Warning Patrons About FBI Monitoring Are “Technically Legal”

You don't mess with librarians.

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The Death Star Plans Are Stored in a Totally Impractical Way in Rogue One, According to Digital Archivists

If the Empire didn't want anyone to steal the plans for the Death Star, then maybe they should have rethought their digital archive methodology.

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#LetMeLibrarianThatForYou Confirms Librarians Fielded the Weirdest Questions Pre-Google

Probably still do.

Ah, librarians: Blessed with much knowledge and so many weird questions. This was especially true pre-Google, as the New York Public Library's instagram set about proving this week.

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Whoever Wrote This Librarian Job Listing Really Knows Their Hogwarts Staff

Must be comfortable with spiders and cramped lodgings, be able to talk to snakes, and prone to inexplicable sulkiness.

If you want to become a Library Director in Boulder, Colorado you apparently need more than a Master of Library Science: you also should be like Harry Potter. Sorry, Madam Pince, your tough love continues to be unappreciated.

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Things We Saw Today: The Girl Scout Logo, Miyazakified

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Artist Bruce Yan takes logos—like that of the Girls Scouts, above, or Starbucks and Morton Salt—and reimagines them with characters from Studio Ghibli and Disney films. See more at Nerd Approved.

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Do You Know Someone Who Should Get the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity?

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

There's crafting your public persona, and then there's Lemony Snicket, the pen name and alterego of the writer behind the Series of Unfortunate Events books. And then there's the yearly prize he just founded with the American Library Association, to give librarians who go above and beyond the call their due. And even the official description of the prize abounds with Snicketian prose.

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Things We Saw Today: Normal Wedding Cake Has Secret Identity, Is Actually A Batman Wedding Cake

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Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na I dooooo. (by Stiletto Studio, via When Geeks Wed)

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Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Are Coolest Librarians Ever

Also, they look amazing in mirrored sunglasses.

You might imagine librarians spend their spare time sitting by the fire rereading Shakespeare. While that may hold true for some, a few others would rather show the world just what happens if you aren't quiet in the library and made possibly the best music video ever: Beastie Boys "Sabotage" starring librarians.

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Things We Saw Today: Crafty His Dark Materials Fan Turns a Pocket Watch Into An Alethiometer

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No lies: I really love this alethiometer, made by Kat Young. (Neatorama)

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Two Guys Recreated The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” Music Video With Crime-Fighting Librarians [VIDEO]

Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.

Some days just aren't that great. Like strawberry lemonade decided to kill your laptop on the way to work and you have to go out and buy a new one with money you don't have. But then you see something like this, a parody of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" music video featuring crime-fighting librarians and, well... it just makes things better, y'know? So thanks, Mike Ferbrache and Duane Freeman of The Mike and Duane Show. And thanks to librarians Anne Duncan ("Story Time"), Cathy Donnelly ("The Techie"), Stephanie McMurray ("Late Fee"), Margaret Threet ("Dewey"), and Branka Steinbaugh ("Book Worm"), too. I owe you a solid. (via: Laughing Squid) Previously in librarians being better than you

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Man Collects His Own Belly Button Lint for 26 Years

That's dedication? A librarian named Graham Barker has managed to collect his belly button lint for more than 26 years, collecting 22.1 grams of lint, earning a Guinness World Record, and managing to sell part of his color-coded collection to a museum for "an undisclosed sum." Telegraph:

He was motivated by "simple curiosity" and began his collection in 1984. "One evening, when a little under-occupied, I noticed the lint in my navel and started wondering about it. I became curious as to how much of it one person can produce, and decided the only way to find out was to collect it for a while and see." ... The 45-year-old from Perth, Australia, has sold three jars to a museum for an undisclosed sum. "The raw material is worthless but as a unique world record collection and a piece of cultural heritage, of debatable merit, it has some curiosity value," he said.
(Telegraph via Neatorama)

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