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August 27, 2011


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Oh Phil, you are funny. And I agree that stereotype-affirming paraphernalia like this can get tiresome (although I always appreciate getting library-related gifts from well-meaning friends and family!)

However, I am ALSO have to roll my eyes at things that try TOO hard to break the stereotypes - overtly sexy/naughty librarian type of stuff that seems trendy these days. But I'm a children's librarian, maybe that's why. :)


I am right there with you, Phil. I have been making posters showcasing the beauty of the library and have been fortunate enough to be retweeted by Margaret Atwood - but never thought about making them into mugs. Might have to get right on that - would love to donate back to our local library system. Our family would be lost without it. I tell my kids that librarians are superheroes disguised as librarians and they believe me!! My youngest told me yesterday he feels lucky knowing their secret and being able to see them because he has never seen Santa, or the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny.

xoxo michele


Phil, I hope you don't mind, but I gave you and your post a shout-out and links today on my blog. I do an occasional post about libraries, and thought this was a great topic.

Post: http://fluidityoftime.blogspot.com/2011/08/library-lagniappe-whats-deal-with.html

Katharine Widdows

I agree Phil, the New York Library Association probably could do better as well: http://www.nyla.org/page/gift-ideas-99.html

I love the Zazzle ones, especially this one: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/save_libraries_5_mug-168578711907781037

Going to have a trawl through now, might even buy one :)


Hey Phil. I want to make an argument FOR 'where shhhh happens'. It made me laugh out loud simply because it IS so ridiculousy dated, cliched and stupid. Plus, it sounded a bit like where Sh** happens' and I think nearly swearing is fun and clever....

Just off to adjust my bun.

Yours, ironically...

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