March 17, 2018

Seattle Librarian Pearl Becomes Action Figure

By LJ Staff

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Nancy Pearl? Author, columnist,
and radio personality, Pearl, the executive director of the Washington Center
for the Book, is likely the only librarian in the profession’s history to be
morphed into an action figure by a children’s toy maker. A
five-inch likeness
of Pearl in modest suit and loafers will soon be marketed
by the Seattle-based Accoutrements, which gained some notoriety earlier for its
Jesus action figure. The librarian action figure was the brainchild of
Accoutrements owner Mark Phallow, who serves with Pearl on the board of literacy
group The figure pokes fun at the antiquated librarian
stereotype in that a button in the toy’s back raises the right arm with extended
index finger into the classic “shush” position, which she told the Seattle
will determine who in the field has a sense of humor. Though action
figures usually are reserved for comic and film heroes, Pearl insists that “the
role of a librarian is to make sense of the world of information. If that’s not
a qualification for superherodom, what is?”