Reading is Dope!

Yesterday I broke down and paid six bucks to see a matinee of Alien. The first time I saw this movie was during the height of my tanned-disco-goddess days (okay; I looked like a hooker, but hey–everyone looked like that in 1979) and the chest-bursting scene still freaks me out (maybe that’s why I never had children). What’s notably missing from the re-release is the tagline used in the original promo: “In space, no one can hear your scream”.

And I do love movie taglines–it’s the entertainment industry’s way of reducing the work of hundreds of people (not to mention millions of dollars in PR) into one seductive sound bite for thirteen-year olds with too much money and not enough ritalin. As librarians we have tried, in our own endearingly inept way, to compete by coming up with our own hip slogans that will entice unsuspecting teens to actually walk into a library. However we keep just missing the mark(“Czech out Prague @ your library“???). This has not gone unnoticed; just check out any episode of The Simpsons that features a visit to the library.


If we want kids to visit the library, we need to come up with catchphrase that resonate with the Youth of Today. Here are my humble submissions:

Feel free to add to the list.

Whack Beauty Tip of the Day: A shout-out goes to Charlotte Sanders, a librarian for Lexis-Nexis who seems to have played fast and loose with library supplies, not to mention her pain levels:

During slow times at the library I’ll wax my legs using Cover-Ups

5 Responses

  1. Brian
    Brian November 13, 2003 at 6:27 pm | | Reply

    Some of the bookmarks in The Laughing Librarian’s Print Shop are targeted at the youth market. http://www.laughinglibrarian.com/printshp.htm

  2. Sulkbrarian
    Sulkbrarian November 13, 2003 at 10:28 pm | | Reply

    ditto brian, those are hilarious!

  3. The LL
    The LL November 14, 2003 at 8:26 am | | Reply

    Brian,

    I wish I’d known about your site before I came up with mine–I would have definitely made a fuss about it. ­čśë

    The LL

  4. Open Stacks
    Open Stacks November 14, 2003 at 5:09 pm | | Reply

    Mad props

    Since virtually everyone who visits this blog is a regular reader of Library Stuff, I really don’t need to point out Steven’s Public Libraries article on the “New Breed” of library weblogs. But here I am, doing it anyway. As…

  5. Open Stacks
    Open Stacks November 14, 2003 at 5:11 pm | | Reply

    Mad props

    Since virtually everyone who visits this blog is a regular reader of Library Stuff, I really don’t need to point out Steven’s Public Libraries article on the “New Breed” of library weblogs. But here I am, doing it anyway. As…

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