Where the Links are: It’s got an atmosphere of its own somehow

Libraries/Librarians/Books:

Leaving Shangri-La: This blog hasn’t been updated since 2011, but I can’t stop reading anyway:  “Books and Ephemera for the Francesca Lia Block fan.” I’m obsessed. I’m having major blog envy here, folks. Like, why can’t my blog be this good? And what happens when I’m done reading this blog? I fear the last page! Leaving Shangri-La is my new security blanket.

 New Case of Libranesia Confirmed in Miami: The libraries of Miami-Dade still need some saving. I do like this quote, “Sufferers of Libramnesia have been known to regain their memory and appreciation for the awesomeness that is our country’s public libraries by experiencing unemployment, homelessness, immigration and/or ghostly encounters with Andrew Carnegie.”

♥ Please explain to me what in the Hades this person is talking about. I’m serious. I have no idea. I’ve read it twice. Is this an Onion article? : Guess what the librarian is teaching your kids on ‘social justice’?

♥ Thanks to Catherine for pointing me towards this article entitled The Problem with Summer Reading. My two favorite books that I read in school were Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo by Ntozake Shange and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Both of these were books that I was allowed to choose on my own and read independently.

♥ Don’t make librarians mad, OK?

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How to Dress Like a 30-Something Urban Librarian: The Outfit That Made a Patron Laugh Right Into My Face

I was having a great conversation about RuPaul’s Drag Race and Paris is Burning with one of the teens (seriously, this was maybe this best conversation ever), when an adult patron stopped in front of the reference desk. She pointed at me and started laughing. Unabashedly. She didn’t seem crazy, but I was totally taken aback. I just stared at her. She said, “Do people often laugh and smile when they look at you? Well?!?! You made me smile!” Then she trotted off. I think this was a compliment with a not-so-graceful delivery.

Anyway. No one likes being laughed at. Remember this special lesson for the future.

Let’s survey the outfit in question, shall we?

Go ahead. Laugh your ass off.
Go ahead. Laugh your ass off.
I was not making this weird face at the reference desk.
I was not making this weird face at the reference desk.
I was not holding the cat at the time in question either, but aren't you glad you caught a guest appearance by Max the Cat? Isn't he handsome?
I was not holding the cat at the time in question either, but aren’t you glad you caught a guest appearance by Max the Cat? Isn’t he handsome?
My fake-o collar held in place by my Barnard Zine Library and Feminist pins.
My fake-o Peter Pan collar held in place by my Barnard Zine Library and Feminist pins.
This was a gift from my boss lady, Rakisha, who has a matching cat in white.
This pin was a gift from my boss lady, Rakisha, who has a matching cat in white.

Sky Tiger shirt: Threadless

Detachable sequined Peter Pan collar: Prima donna

Feminist pin: Modern Girl Blitz

Skirt and Belt: Thrifted

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

Still Sorting After All These Years: Your Hurricane Sandy Book Relief Donations at Work

When Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) asked you to donate books and money to libraries and children who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, you came out in full forceThe donations have been generous, your book selections have been thoughtful, and your kind notes have been supportive and lovely. I was sorting with the kind folks of ULU this weekend and I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things about that day:

Mostly, I’m obsessed with the wonderful notes you all sent along with your donations. I love that they come from all over the U.S. I love that they come from people we’ve never met before. I adore that Americans are pulling together to help post-Sandy NY-ers.

Thank you, Acton Cooperative School!
Thank you, Acton Cooperative School!
UBU? ULU? We're not picky.
UBU? ULU? We’re not picky. It’s a nice card and it was a great donation.
How sweet are the folks in Montclair, NJ?
How sweet are the folks in Montclair, NJ?

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You'll never guess what the solid peeps at the Pioneer Library System sent us...
You’ll never guess what the solid peeps at the Pioneer Library System sent us…
A whole box of cat tote bags! Holy crap! I totally screamed when I opened this box. Librarians love tote bags. Librarians love cats. This bag is relevant to my interests!
A whole box of cat tote bags! Holy crap! I totally screamed when I opened this box. Librarians love tote bags. Librarians love cats. This bag is relevant to my interests!

Now, every book donation we get is special. You can tell that the books were chosen for a reason and we appreciate that. However, some donations are a little specialer than others. This book selection was such an epic win for NYC kids, I can’t even tell you. First of all, everything in it was brand new. Second, each and every book in the donation was collection development gold.

A non-fiction lover's dream come true. There was another Eyewitness book in the box. It was a robot one and I think someone was thumbing through it when I was trying to take pictures.
A non-fiction lover’s dream come true. 

But brace yourself for what was hiding underneath these books:

Are you kidding me with this line up? Hunger Games, DoWK? Sendak AND one of my favorite kids' graphic novels, Hereville? Damn!
Are you kidding me with this line up? Hunger Games, DoaWK? Sendak AND one of my favorite kids’ graphic novels, Hereville? Damn!

As you may remember, some of these books will end up in libraries whose collections were destroyed by the hurricane. The rest will find a home in one of ULU’s mini libraries. If you want to help us out, that’s great, but ULU is no longer taking book donations (at least, not at this time). However, we always take money, ’cause we’re keeping it real. Storage for the books, gas to cart these suckers around? It costs a boatload. Another great (and free!) way to help Urban Librarians Unite is to email NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and let him know that cutting library funding is NOT an option. Most of the librarians who have been working on the Sandy Children’s Book Relief will be affected by these insanely huge budget cuts. ULU librarians have been working overtime on this book drive, volunteering on weekends and early mornings. Please take the time to tell Mayor Bloomberg that laying off library workers and closing libraries is not an option.

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

Don’t You Forget About Us Part II: Urban Librarians Unite’s Sandy Book Relief and How You Can Help

You didn’t forget about post-Sandy NYC, did you?

Urban Librarian Unite’s Sandy Book Relief is still going strong! ULU has been hard at work, doing all kinds of jazz to keep this campaign going.

We’ve showed up at bars and harassed you for money!

Me and Tim and Queery's Graphic Content Party
Me and Tim and Que(e)ry’s Graphic Content Party

We’ve received LOTS of donations! Many of these books will be put into our mini-libraries and delivered to the children who need them most. High-interest/new titles will help rebuild library collections that were damaged in the storm.

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Tim and his favorite book.
Tim and his favorite book.

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This is the good stuff.
This is the good stuff, kids.
Neil Gaiman AND Francesca Lia Block in one donation? Girl, you know I was excited about this.
Neil Gaiman AND Francesca Lia Block in one donation? Girl, you know I was excited about this.
Did you not send us the BEST stuff?
Did you not send us the BEST stuff?
Why, it's ULU's fearless leader and Library Journal's Mover and Shaker, Christian Zabriskie! He sure is excited about all these donations!
Why, it’s ULU’s fearless leader and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker, Christian Zabriskie! He sure is excited about all these donations!

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I’ve been a bad, bad squirrel. I’ve been careless with a delicate blog.

But I’m sorry. I’ve been a stagnant mental funk.

I’ve decided that I’m asking for the things I want in life, so this is what I want:

♥ I’d love to win this award. If you’ve ever enjoyed a post on this blog, I’d appreciate your nomination for Favorite Public Librarian. The vital information: My name is Ingrid Abrams, I work at the Brooklyn Central Branch, which is in Brooklyn, NY, and my email is magpielibrarian@gmail.com. Again, click here. It doesn’t take long and it could be your mitzvah for the day.

♥ If you’re an Astorian (of Queens), I beg you to visit to Leenie’s Vintage Emporium. Matilda, the owner, is a great woman. Sometimes I go over just to chat. She could use some good Yelp reviews. I’d love for her to stay in business. She’s a lovely person with some fascinating pieces. I could hang around that store forever:

Can you find me in this video? This was so cool! I was stopped by the New Times Style peeps!
♥ My awesome Urban Librarians Unite peeps wrote this book! Look for me in the first free web extras section! I’m hugging a lion!
YAY!

Real post soon, y’all. Promise. Pinky swear.

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

Apartamental: Flowers, Food, Movies, Books, and Other

In that order:

Daisies and something else I don’t know what.
Zinnias from my Mom’s garden in my glitter vase
Basil and sage and more. Makes the subway ride home less stinky.
Farmer’s Market Haul: Sourdough bread, yellow tomatoes, olives…
Dinner also looks like this.

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How to Dress Like a 30-Something Urban Librarian: Hooti Couture Edition

Perfect read for a bookworm/fashionista

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I was stalking/browsing the stacks at my old branch and came upon, totally by chance, a non-fiction book called Alligators, Old Mink & New Money, all about a model turned vintage store owner. It turned out that the vintage store in question, called Hooti Couture, was right under my nose in Brooklyn (Flatbush and 7th Avenue to be precise). I love to visit. Alison is as pleasant as punch. She’s got great stories, a fabulous accent, and usually has Swedish fish out in little dishes in case your sugar drops while you’re shopping. She’s got clothes in accessible sizes (meaning you don’t have to be a size 2 to shop there) and her accessories are to die for. Hooti is never overpriced (or I wouldn’t be a regular) and she has tons of sales. Here are my recent finds:

Did I mention the owner, Alison, is a former model? I bet she’s never seen poses quite this um, inspired, before.

I love the two red, white, and blue enamel flower pins I found. I have a small collection of these pins and they’re so cheerful.
I got the three tiered faux pearl necklace because it reminds me of something my Great Aunt Ruth or Grandma Roz would wear.
The cat necklace didn’t really go with the rest of the outfit, so Lila modeled it for me.
It’s a cat wearing a cat necklace. Let’s get crazy meta up in here.

So, go visit Miss Alison. She’s a doll. Pick up a copy of Alligators, Old Mink & New Money and wish you were her for just a little while.

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid