Well, hello. Welcome to Thursday in the Browsing Room. I’ll be your host: call me Ishmael. Kidding. I’ve just always wanted to say that. Actually, you can call me Bookjones.
Disclaimer: I’m very new to three things - library science (I’m a student), Mantor Library (I work here), and blogging. I realize that this makes me a rather unlikely guide to the Library World At Large, but I hope my enthusiasm for exploring this rapidly changing field will be infectious. My plan is to use Thursdays, at least in part, to share interesting things I come across as I scour The Internets . Mostly library-related stuff (because, hello, this is a library blog, and also because I have to at least maintain the pretext that my web surfing is work related. Shhhh.) but also items about publishing and authors and all things bookish. Now, some of you may be Library Veterans, and stuff that’s really new and exciting to me might be old hat for you. That’s okay. Feel free to snicker. I’ll just keep waving my freshly minted Library Geek membership card, and forge on. I hope you’ll come with me. It will be fun, and I make frequent stops for snacks.
So today, for your light entertainment, I offer as my inaugural Awesome Thing, this video of some pranksters invading the venerable New York Public Library. As far as I’m concerned the cool quotient is kicked up here not by the prank, or the library setting, but the New Yorkers themselves. In a situation where I would be all Ack! Masked individuals in NYC public setting = terrorists OMG we’re all going to die, not one of these unflappable patrons dives under a table to quiver in pants-peeing terror, as I would surely do. And that, my new friends, makes them awesome.