World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!
Ads

The Wonderful World of Interlibrary Loan

Over at Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow sings the praises of interlibrary loan: Denizens of BushcraftUK discuss Willie Sundqvist’s “Swedish Carving Techniques,” a rare tome that goes for £100 and more. Then one of them has the bright idea of asking his local library to get one through Interlibrary Loan, the original P2P file-sharing network, and shortly [...]

The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States

We already looked at libraries in all the major continents, but there were so many great ones in the United States that the article featuring libraries in North America had to leave many beautiful buildings out. Now’s the time to share some of the stunning libraries that might not make it in the top 10 [...]

The Song of the Library Staff, 1906

Somehow this gem has escaped my attention until now. In 1906, Sam Walter Foss, a librarian in Somerville, Massachusetts, published a series of funny poems about the variously happy and beleaguered staff of a public library. This must be made into a musical. From my first semester of library school, I’ve argued that what the profession [...]

At the Libraries: Most Referenced Song in Literature

Take a quick guess, and then click through and see if you are right — what is the number one most referenced song in literature? I didn’t get it, but surely one of you will? * Move to New York to become a writer? Here’s a powerful manifesto of why you should keep the faith! [...]

At the Libraries: Reading is Good for You

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Awesome new library alert! If you live in the DC area, please check out the Francis Gregory library. * Sometimes I miss living in Brooklyn. If [...]

At the Libraries: The Wire’s Victorian-Literature Leanings

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! So, The Wire. Yes, we all love it, but anyone else notice its Victorian-literature leanings before? The drawings (okay, not Victorian) are the best part! [...]

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

We’ve covered Europe’s, Asia’s, Africa’s, North America’s and South America’s most beautiful libraries; now it’s time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn’t technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well. Victorian State Library, Australia This library is not only massive – containing over 2 million books – it also has some [...]

For Sale: Check Out Card Signed by Elvis Presley

Some Neatoramanauts may be old enough to know what this is. It’s a checkout card for a library book, used in the days when library circulation was handled by bear skins and stone knives instead of computers. In 1948, the Man Who Would Be King checked The Courageous Heart, a biography of Andrew Jackson, out of [...]

A Professional Assessment of Twilight Sparkle as a Librarian

In “The Return of Harmony,” the demon Discord threatens to destroy Equestria. Twilight Sparkle’s friends are picked off one by one, until she alone is left to find a means to defeat him. She immediately runs to her library and searches her collection for the answer. She finds inside one volume the mystical Elements of [...]

Libraries in Empty Jails, Churches, Shipping Containers and More

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! We all saw the library in Texas that had been built in a former WalMart — so cool! Here are more libraries created from empty buildings [...]