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Happy Halloween!

A short one for today, because I have a big party to go to! Every year my library has a big Halloween party and all the librarians get to play dress up and walk around passing candy out to the students.Yay! Later we all attend a big bonfire and drink a lot of punch. Yay! Last year I dressed up as a librarian, but everyone complained that I just wasn’t getting into the spirit of the thing. So this year I’m going as a Naughty Librarian, because it was the most cliched costume I could think of. I can’t wait for the bonfire; I’m getting a bit chilly in this costume.

I hope you’re all dressed up, too, and doing fun, scary library activities. Happy Halloween!



  1. I went as a stereotypical librarian today, and people thought I went as Mr. Rodgers. I’ll go with that.

  2. soren faust says:

    I’m dressing up as librarydude.

  3. librarydude says:

    I don’t think you’ve got the guns to pull it off.

  4. soren faust says:

    We’ll have to let God be the judge.

  5. librarEwoman says:

    Adults should leave the dressing up to the kids. You might think you look cool but you actually look stupid.

  6. This post is downright positive and dare I say… friendly? What a nice surprise (not that I mind the sarcastic posts).

  7. I have a feeling that librarians who wear costumes to work and do “fun” Halloween activities are being mocked in this post, but I could be wrong. It’s always so hard to tell.

  8. LibraryGirl says:

    Yup I detect sarcasm. I don’t really care though. I am a children’s librarian and I always dress up for Halloween and for any Halloween programs I do. Most the children’s staff do. Do I care that my fellow librarians think I’m strange? Nah.

  9. Auntie Nanuuq says:

    Hah, knaves, fools & duds…..

    I am dressed as a purple faerie, I have a kick butt toddler storytime today! We are having 5 stories, activity songs, art activities (masks & colouring sheets), giving away four decorated pumpkins, and monster hands (made out of cheerios)! We are gonna Rock this Library!

    We are gonna have Fun, Fun, Fun!

  10. Just make sure that you wear a witch costume ala Luann of the funny papers.

  11. Happy Halloween

  12. Another sign that it’s a female profession – silly costumes.

  13. I didn’t think the AL’s costume was silly. I found it, um, intriguing.

  14. “Naughty Librarian”? I wish they would just call these H’ween costumes for women by what they really are “Prostitutes”. So you know, you go to Spirit or wherever and on the wall it’s “Prozzie 1″ “Prozzie 2″ “Prozzie 3″, etc.

    I wore a Motorhead t-shirt to work today. I guess that makes me a “roadie”.

  15. I’m a time traveler from 1980. I’m wearing my John Anderson for President t-shirt.

  16. branmuffin says:

    I’m a grunge rocker. I’m wearing the same shirt I wore yesterday.

  17. Actually, I prefer to call this costume “dominatrix.” Party’s complete. Now waiting for the bonfire!

  18. Halloween…the one time of the year girls can get away with dressing like prostitutes…It’s kind of ridiculous. But sooooo nice…:D

  19. annoyed more often then not says:

    I’m a prostitute, so I dress like a librarian on halloween. My business actually increases when I do.

  20. *I’m a time traveler from 1980. I’m wearing my John Anderson for President t-shirt. *

    What, Gus Hall didn’t run that year?

  21. Auntie Nanuuq says:

    annoyed more often then not commented:

    “I’m a prostitute, so I dress like a librarian on halloween. My business actually increases when I do.”

    You know a school marm costume will do the same! However my b/f does prefer the habit I have! Go figure!

    Gotta love it!

  22. This thread is useless without pictures.

  23. anonymous says:

    So, I assume we’ll hear about it if Michael Gorman shows up at a party somewhere in a naughty librarian costume…

  24. Anonymous says:

    One of my co-workers dressed up as a prostitute today for work. It was a great costume. No one seemed to mind.

  25. It is funny, I went to a bordello and all the prostitutes were dressed up like librarians.

  26. ANDOR NOMAN says:

    The Underground sends its regards.

  27. This thread is just useless period. When will this blog return to more substantive discussions like cats and video games?

  28. This is just dull.

  29. Original Anonymous Librarian says:

    “I’m a prostitute, so I dress like a librarian on halloween.” Some people are this way the rest of the year as well, in particular some folks on East Huron.

  30. I have to say that I find this posting, this blog, its readers and their comments beyond useless and wholly uninteresting. I am unsubscribing as of today.

  31. librarydude says:

    I didn’t know it was necessary to subscribe.

  32. I’ve been dressing up as Conan The Librarian. Unfortunately, due to some stupid city rules, I can only bring a plastic sword and not a real one.

    Mdoneil – trust me, you don’t want a picture.

  33. Halloween is over.

  34. Jim Rettig says:

    Happy Halloween to all members of the library profession from the staff of the American Library Association.

  35. Dear AL readers, I want to apologize to you for my inappropriate behavior on this blog. I want to send my deepest apologies to the AL, especially. AL. I love you and I didn’t mean what I said. You see, I have borderline personality disorder and I was off my meds. Will you forgive me and let me re-subscribe?

    Yours forever, Dora

  36. librarydude says:

    Sure, subscriptions are $35 per year and the check can be made out to the American Library Association.

  37. Halloween is never over, it lives forever.

  38. Chik Phil A says:

    For grown-ups, it ended last night.

  39. Too rigid – too many rules. That’s the problem with being a grown-up.

  40. Why do libraries use those weird call number systems? Why don’t they just arrange books by subject and then put up signs like they do in book stores?

  41. doggiestyle says:

    Some libraries have tried this and have been quite successful.

  42. Libraries use those weird call number systems becasue the cataloging systems were done by geeks and nerds who are extremely lazy on one hand [like writing things out] and yet have volumes of time on hand to learn and use complex systems [like call numbers].

    the real truth is that librarians simply do not think the whole heading will fit on the spine label of the book.

    The funny part about the book store method is nothing more then taking the LC subject headings and writing out them out, albiet fiction may be sorted differently. It seems nobody can agree on how to sort fiction.

  43. Tina Heifort says:

    Thank you for all of the memories!

  44. Tina Heifort says:

    Thank you for all of the memories,
    Tina Heifort

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