November 21, 2008

Would you like a bookmark with that?

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Unshelved.com, a daily comic set in a public library, recently challenged librarians, booksellers, schools, and just about anybody who owns a book cart to jazz them up in their annual Pimp My Bookcart contest. Winners over the years have created mini-Mystery Machines (a la Scooby Doo), covered wagons, robots, and, this year, a food cart in disguise, brought to you by the student employees of Columbia’s University Library. Who wants to spend the afternoon curled in a corner with a book and a stack of hot dogs? I do.

Unshelved also features the weekly Book Club strip where the librarians discuss a different book each week. The payoff is pretty big if you’ve read the books they’re talking about — particularly Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, which I read in heady anticipation of the new Henry Selick movie, and, despite all the pretty colors and kid-friendly looks of the trailer, is one of the most frightening books I’ve ever read.

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