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Day Forty Two of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

the first book in the increasingly-inaccurately-named trilogy of (at last count) six books

In honor of this special day – Day 42 of the Summer Library Tour – the focus really has to be on Douglas Adams!

Not familiar with why this number is forever associated with Douglas Adams? You can read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to find out (which I, of course, recommend in any case!). Or, you can watch a clip from the movie:


Description of the book:

“Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!”


Check out all this cool stuff you can buy on Etsy with Douglas Adams quotes!

Have you asked Google “What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?” Not only does it know, it will happily tell you!


Keep up your celebration of all things Douglas Adams, and celebrate Towel Day! “Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour. “

Day Forty One of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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If you might like to celebrate Christmas in July, this page from the site Library Thing could inspire you! (It really happens in December, but if you want to start a Secret Santa program in your library – we support you!)

Secret Santa for Book Lovers

SantaThing is LibraryThing’s Secret Santa for book lovers. This is our TENTH annual SantaThing!

Join LibraryThing

Join LibraryThing to participate in SantaThing!

How it works

  1. Become a Secret Santa. Choose your gift level ($15–50) and bookstore, such as Powell’s, Amazon, and others.LibraryThing takes no “cut.” If you pay $30, you get $30 worth of books (plus shipping at some sellers).You can sign up for yourself, or make this a gift for a friend on or off LibraryThing.
  2. We choose a LibraryThing member to be your “Santee,” the person you’ll be buying for. We try to match up members with similar tastes in books.
  3. You pick books for your Santee.
  4. LibraryThing elves order the books and the books are shipped directly to your Santee. Only LibraryThing and the bookseller see your address.
  5. You receive a package with the books from your Secret Santa—and rejoice!

Even if you don’t want to be a Santa, you can help by suggesting books for others. Click on a member’s name to leave a suggestion.


Check out the SantaThing Help page, join the discussion on Talk, or email lorannelibrarything.com. See the blog post for more information.

Crucial dates

Sunday, December 4th at 5pm Eastern. Sign-up ends. Secret Santas are chosen, profile messages are sent to the Secret Santa, and you can then enter your gift choices.

Monday, December 12th at 1pm EST (18:00 GMT). After the weekend, gift picking ends. LibraryThing sends the order via eight tiny ponies to the bookstore you chose.

Your SantaThings

Join LibraryThing to become a Santa.

Day Forty of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

It’s SO true!!

CMLE is a multitype system, so we have all kinds of different libraries in focus, in size, and in communities served. But, as with so many things, the similarities we have are much larger and more significant than these surface differences.

And you can really see that when you think about things you say all the time in your library! This is a blog entry from awfullibrarybooks.net, with statements made in one library. Hopefully you guys do not say all of these on a regular basis; but I’m guessing that many of them will sound familiar!

(It’s almost always a bad idea to read comments – but in this case they are also funny, so click on this article to read through them as well!)


“No, I am not hiding the tax forms. They haven’t come in yet.”

“Yes, you must wear shoes, shirt and pants in the library.”

“What do you mean someone found a butcher knife in the toilet?”

“Yes, when there is an ‘out of order’ sign on the printer, it means it is NOT working.”

“I’m sorry, I can’t call another patron and tell them to ‘hurry up and finish’ their book so you can have your turn.”

“What is that smell?”

“No, I don’t know President Obama personally and cannot get him on the phone about your tax refund.”

“Email is not pushing a piece of paper into the disk drive.”

“No, I don’t know your password for email.”

“Guess what I found inside this book?”

“We have no plans to train kids on how to mug people. Our ‘Mug Me’ program is about decorating a coffee mug.”

“Someone better check on Porn Guy.”

“We can get you images of PAINTINGS of Jesus, but there are no PHOTOGRAPHS of Jesus.”

“It’s your turn to move the dead deer in the parking lot.”

“I know you paid a lot in 1986 for your chemistry text, but I am sorry we won’t be able to use it in the collection.”

“No, I don’t need to look at the rash on your chest.”

“Sexkitten1994 is not a good choice for an email when you are applying for a job. How about we make another one?”

“I am going to need the gloves and bleach again.”

“I’m sorry, we don’t have a special summer reading program for the gifted.”

“I’m so sorry you misunderstood that Boogie Nights is a movie not appropriate for children. It is our policy not to comment on patron choices.”

“I’m sorry you are sad, but it is not appropriate for us to put a warning label on a book if the main character dies.”

“No, I am sorry, the library staff cannot watch your baby while you run to Walmart.”

“Is that blood?”

“I guess I am the ‘Head Bitch in Charge’. What can I help you with?

Day Thirty Nine of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Check it Out!

I love to see libraries making videos and doing cool, creative things! Do we need a CMLE video??? Maybe we could gather some talented people from around the system and get some ideas!


#CheckItOut – Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week

Day Thirty Eight of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

As a profession, we are always pushing back against censorship of books. This project, though not done by librarian, is a very interesting visual display of books that have been banned around the world!

“The Parthenon was built in Athens at the instigation of Pericles, under the supervision of the sculptor Phidias, between 447 and 38 BCE. The structure is ten meters high by seventy meters long and thirty meters wide. The temple was conceived to house a colossal gold statue of Athena, as well as the Delian League’s treasury and the city’s silver reserves—in the event of a Persian attack, these precious metals could be melted down and made into new coins to finance war. Transformed into a Christian church in the Middle Ages, then into a mosque during the Renaissance, the deconsecrated Parthenon of the modern period became a symbol of democracy and of Western cultural supremacy.
Marta Minujín, born in Buenos Aires in 1943, seized this aesthetic and political archetype of democracy for her own situation: corrupted by a “national Catholic” dictatorship that reigned in Argentina up until 1983, she put the democratic ideal back into circulation at the moment when the military junta fell. Her artistic project was part of her series “La caída de los mitos universals” or “The Fall of Universal Myths,” which appropriated monumental icons to replicate them, break them up into pieces, and redistribute them into the public realm. In a certain way, the artist gives back to these symbols—reified and confiscated by institutionalization or capitalization—their status as offerings. For El Partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books, 1983), 25,000 books, taken from cellars where they had been locked up by the military, covered a scale replica of the Greek edifice; built out of metal tubes and elevated to one side, this Parthenon was placed in a public square in the southern part of Buenos Aires.
Minujín’s monuments to democracy and to education through art revive the ceremonies of archaic societies—contrary to the banning of books by the junta’s army and different from the privatization of public property that, through speculating on the debt of the state, encourages the suppression of public-sector services and creates social shortages. In her mass-participation projects, Minujín rediscovers the initial value of a collective treasure; she melts shared capital back down into cultural currency without remainder. She lays down the verticality of public edifices that embody confiscated cultural knowledge and a hidebound heritage. She dilapidates the fortune these myths represent. By literally tilting these symbols, Minujín not only gives new meaning to these monuments, she offers them a new sensuality.
—Pierre Bal-Blanc

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