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Pimp Your Book Cart Winner Announced

November 15th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Libraries and Exhibits

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The Unshelved blog's annual Pimp Your Book Cart winner has been announced and top honors goes to Timberland High School for it's library book trolley reimagined as a UPS truck, complete with working lights. The slogan "What Can Brown Do For You" refers to the school librarian, Mr. Brown. More entries can be seen here. Anyone want to start a pool for how long it will take UPS to contact the high school about trademark infringement?

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Also, from the Shelf Awareness newsletter, author Michael Perry's acceptance speech for an award he received from the Midwest Booksellers Association. He couldn't make the ceremony, so he made a video in which he muses about books and hypnotizes chickens. If you read this blog often enough, you know that is my exact demographic.


Which president sold $25,000 worth of books to Congress and helped start the Library of Congress?

November 14th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Libraries and Exhibits

Does anyone know why fifty people have come to my blog after Googling some variation on this question? I suspect it's a bunch of lazy students. If that's the case, I suggest thinking just a tiny bit before typing your question into Google. Let's see. Who could possibly have the answer. Hmm. This is very tough. I wonder if some place like the history page on the Library of Congress website would have the answer. Or you could look up Library of Congress on wikipedia, which copies most of the LC history page verbatim. The thing is, the reason it's hard to find the answer is that the question is wrong. Congress bought a 6,487-book library from an ex-president for $23,950. You can read all about it in the September/October 2007 issue of Fine Books & Collections magazine, but you have to actually get a copy. A lot of good stuff isn't free on the net. 


Books for Botox – A New Holiday Tradition

November 12th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Libraries and Exhibits

I am not making this up. A plastic surgery clinic is offering botox in exchange for books. This ad ran in today's (November 12) San Francisco Chronicle.
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The Maas Clinic even has a great domain name, www.booksforbotox.com, and a snappy slogan, "Looks for Books"! With all the books I have, I could have a second career as a model after visiting Dr. Maas, except I think I'd rather have the books than the looks (I wonder, though, what my wife would say about that).

This is the second year the Maas Clinic – with offices in Truckee (near Lake Tahoe) and San Francisco – has done this promotion. Last year, they reported that "With all the skin care, cosmetics and Botox treatments that were doled out [as a result of Books for Botox], everyone looks like they’re STILL on holiday!" Now that's what I call the Christmas spirit.

However, if you really want to help kids and libraries, donate money. That way they can buy the exact books they need. They don't really want your stack of ratty Harry Potters.


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