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.


Is THIS What It Takes To Get To the Front Page of the NY Times?

Seriously? Kill me now. There are almost no words to describe how annoyed I am by this whole meaningless kerfuffle. And so many others have done such a good job talking about tempest-in-a-teapot it all is (thank you, Fuse #8, for this roundup). I mean, first of all, how is "scrotum" hurting anyone? It's a dog's scrotum, by the way, not even a human scrotum, and even if it were a human scrotum, how, exactly, is that bad? Half of the human race has a scrotum. The other half has boobs. Big. Deal. This pearl-clutching silliness (and make no mistake, that is exactly how this situation makes us look, like a bunch of prudish, "well, I never!"-ing schoolmarms circa 1912) is the diametric opposite of the kind of publicity we need. But there's room to be irritated at the usually admirable NY Times, too. What, was it too hard to pick up the phone and call one of the well-informed people at ALSC? Too inconvenient to quote Frederick Muller accurately? If you'll excuse me, I'm off to order a Neighborhoodie with "Scrotum & Boobies" on it. If you say it enough times, it sounds like an old-fashioned English dessert.

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  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger adrienne said…

    Your hoodie idea is the best thing to come out of this whole debacle. I'd totally wear one.

  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger LBSBLOG said…


  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    lbsblog -- haaaaaaaaaaaaah! Love your acrostic. I think that might be even better than my proposed "Scrotum and Boobies" neighborhoodie. Which of course, I now am obligated to buy. I think I'll go the t-shirt route this time -- the actual hoodies are pretty pricey.

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    AMEN sistah! I feel that after this whole thing I need to get out my pearls and buy some sensible shoes, somehow I I have been made to feel that I am not a real school librarian if I am wearing my red cowboy boots!

    and kerfuffle - LOVE IT!

  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger Michelle said…

    OK--here is what I find horribly shocking coming from the NY Times:

    "But in the world of children’s books, winning a Newbery is the rough equivalent of being selected as an Oprah’s Book Club title."

    You have GOT to be kidding me! Sure, because Oprah alone has all the book choosing qualifications of a slew of Newbery Committee members....

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger The Editor said…

    From our British Bed 'n' Breakfast's menu:

    Spotted Dick
    Bangers and Mash
    Mushy Peas

    Man that sounds good!

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger Trailer Pixie said…

    Sophie, I didn't get a chance to check this out earlier, but let me just say YOU ROCK! Clearly, we all need to be saying scrotum a lot more often. Keep up the great work.

    pixie stix kids pix


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