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George! Shame on you!

A library has revealed that George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, was a common library cheat.

He borrowed two books from them back in 1789, but never returned them – meaning that to date he would have racked up a $300,000 (£195,000) fine.

Staff at the New York Society Library say they will not chase the fine, but they’d like the books back, if anyone finds them at The White House.

via Odd News | newslite.tv.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | People | , | Comments Off on George! Shame on you!

ATTN Parkland Library Staff: World’s smallest library?

As both books and classic red phone booths are becoming a thing of the past, a village in Somerset, England has merged the two rare commodities.

The bright red old phone booth was purchased for just 1 pound and remodeled as the smallest library in the world. Residents line up to swap their already read books for new ones left by other patrons. Over 100 books and a variety of movies and music CDs are available at this tiny library.

via Quiet at the Library | Offbeat Earth.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, Dumb Bureaucrats | | 2 Comments

Excuse me, Madam Librarian, could you tell me…

These are actual reference queries reported by American and Canadian library reference desk workers of various levels. No kidding.

“Do you have books here?”

“Do you have a list of all the books written in the English language?”

“Do you have a list of all the books I’ve ever read?”

“I’m looking for Robert James Waller’s book, ‘Waltzing through Grand Rapids’.” Actual title wanted: “Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend.”

“Do you have that book by Rushdie: ‘Satanic Nurses’?” Actual title: “Satanic Verses”

via Weird Library Reference Questions

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | , | 2 Comments