Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.



Having a long day in the library? Tired of another person asking for the red book on a high shelf they took out last year? Looking for a laugh, and for some understanding of the highs and lows of working in a public library?

Then check out Unshelved, a comic strip by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum set in the public library of "Mallville."

Just like your public library, Mallville has Reference Sampling Week:

Its patrons like the Internet:

And the library has a summer reading program:

All images used with permission.

To find out more about the cast of characters -- the Branch Manager, the Reference Librarian, the Children's Librarian, the Young Adult Librarian, the Mascot, and assorted patrons -- there is a handy primer.

You can view the daily strip on the website; get it daily via email; and catch up on the comic strip from the very first by either looking in their archives or buying one of the books or other tie-in merchandise. I am the proud owner of the no longer available "What Would Dewey Do" T-Shirt, and I want to get the "Book Club" T, complete with Book Club rules (the first rule? You Do Not Talk About Book Club.)


  • At 9:19 PM, Blogger g said…

    So I'm watching Sean Hayes' new reality show on Bravo the other night and all I can think is - "why hasn't he contacted the Unshelved guys -great potential tv show".
    It would be ike the Office, but funnier.
    - libchick


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