The worst question, by far, is, “What do you do for fun?” You can rack your brain looking for answers that make you sound cool (Fire-eating? Sword swallowing? Homemade stick and poke tattoos?), or you can own it. The internet is rightly celebrating Jeopardy! contestant Margaret Miles for doing the latter.
"Do mice throw up?" and "Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?" are some of the less strange questions that librarians at the New York Public Library have been writing down for decades. If you're wondering if people asked about sex, the answer is "yes, absolutely."
Katie already reported on the phenomenon of library sex — please sing that in your heads to the tune of Birthday Sex and later let's rewrite the words, OK? — but just to recap, Nadine Cho, the sex columnist for UC Berkeley's student paper The Daily Californian, encouraged students to get down and dirty in the stacks.…
Right? That is the arm I want to read me Matilda as I fall asleep cuddled in it. This magical appendage belongs to Heather Warren, a kids' librarian at the Philadelphia Free Library.
A woman in California has been slapped with $7,600 in fines and ordered to stay away from public libraries after it was discovered that she had stolen thousands of library books and was attempting to sell them online. For shame, California book stealer.
In 1992, Will Manley commissioned a sex survey of 5,000 librarians. The results were allegedly deemed so scandalous that not only was Manley fired, but the Wilson Library Bulletin destroyed any remaining copies. Now, Manley has released them:
As mentioned briefly last night, Judith Krug, the founder of Banned Book Week and champion of the First Amendment, died Saturday in Evanston, Illinois. She was 69.
By now you've probably read about Wasilla, Alaska librarian Mary Ellen Baker, who refused to ban "inappropriate books" at then-mayor Sarah Palin's request, despite the risk of losing her job. But in case you weren't feeling impressed enough with librarians, Mother Jones has a fascinating story - banned books week…
Once again, librarians save the day! As reported last week, a reproductive health database run by John Hopkins University called POPLINE had removed the term "abortion" as a recognized search query in February. The change had gone unnoticed until a group of librarians at the Medical Center at UCSF had trouble gaining…
Remember the big brouhaha over the Newbery Medal-winning, "scrotum"-plugging children's book The Higher Power of Lucky? Well there's a new controversy among suddenly publicity-hungry American librarians, but this one's over boobalicious Beyonce Knowles.