Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-02-29

Fun Friday: Music Trivia Quiz

I tried coming up with a unifying theme for this quiz, but I am recovering from a broken foot and just started a new job (more on that later -- it's awesome and I love it), so I am slacker girl this week.

1) What do the following albums have in common?

Weezer, Weezer
Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers [UPDATE: this is wrong -- see the comments]
Guided By Voices, Do The Collapse
Bad Brains, God of Love

2) What was legendary British DJ John Peel's favorite song?

3) When The Modern Lovers broke up and Jonathan Richman went solo, which notable New Wave bands did some of its members go on to join, and who were the members?

4) What do the following artists have in common?
Bryan Adams
Shania Twain
AC/DC
The Cars
Def Leppard

5) Who are (according to some reports) the real-life Terry and Julie in the great Kinks song Waterloo Sunset?

First person to post all correct answers -- without using Wikipedia or other reference materials -- to the comments (be patient -- I'll have to approve each comment before they show up!) wins...um, something cool. Brainstorm a reasonably priced prize in the comments!

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2008-02-27

Wednesday Night Lights: Candy Bars

Pearson's Nut Roll

Man, I love a good candy bar. I'm sure most of us do. And there are tons of choices to suit all the different preferences out there. My favorite? Well you can probably tell from the image above: Pearson's Nut Roll.

Yes, I know. With all the other choices out there, I pick this? But there's just something about its stale saltiness and nougat and caramel...I don't know what it is, but I can't get enough of these. I see on their website that they make a 5 lb. version; man I would love someone forever if I got one of those. I mean, wouldn't that make the most awesome birthday cake?

The Pearson's Nut Roll also has a nostalgia factor for me, and I'll all about nostalgia. It makes me think of the general store my grandfather (on my mom's side) ran and the candy counter up front. It also makes me think of my other grandfather (um, on my father's side, duh) who always had a Zero bar in his glove compartment. See, Bopsie* was diabetic, and this would have been pre-1982 when Eli Lilly marketed synthetic human insulin, so he had the candy bar should he go into hypoglycemic shock. Of course, as a kid I never understand why grandpa wouldn't share his candy bar with me.**

If you're talking about Zero bars, that will obviously lead to thoughts of the strangely delightful Zagnut bar; an alternative form of the Butterfinger. Which makes me think of Charleston Chews (which are DELICIOUS frozen). And then of course the Holy Grail of nostalgic candy bars, the Marathon Bar.***

I think it would be a lot of fun to do not just a chocolate tasting, but a nostalgic chocolate/candy tasting. You could get a sampler pack from Old Time Candy (that link is for 1970s candy). You could tie it in with landmark novels and movies from the decade. You could even do a series of events since Old Time Candy has sampler packs for the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. How fun would that be?****

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*a family nickname for grandfathers on my dad's side; he now proudly carries the name

**no offense to Hershey (the current makers of the Zero Bar) but having had one recently, I wasn't missing anything. You'd think white chocolate, caramel, and almonds would be good, but no.

***this links to the Curly Wurly bar, which is the modern equivalent of the Marathon Bar, which is sadly no longer in production.

****If you couldn't tell, I'm sitting at a reference desk waiting for my break and getting hungry. And I have a Pearson's Nut Roll in my bag which I will dine on during my break.

2008-02-26

"First-Class Authors" in Jan/Feb Public Libraries

Just a little note of blatant self-promotion. For those of you that are members of PLA, I invite you to check out the January/February Public Libraries and read this issue's Book Talk: "First-Class Authors: An interview with representatives of the Class of 2K7." I interviewed Greg Fishbone, Paula Chase, and Judy Gregerson, who were all wonderful about answering my questions. The Class of 2K7 is a collective of first-time authors whose books all came out in 2007, and Greg, Paula, and Judy all had some very insightful things to say about what it was like being a part of the group.

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2008-02-24

All Kids out of the Pool

I am a Cartoon Network addict. I didn't used to have an excuse. But then, back in 2001, Cartoon Network launched [adult swim], a block of programming intended for viewers aged 18-34, originally only aired on Sunday nights. Adult Swim has been phenomenally successful, totally dominating its target demographic, revolutionizing programming for this audience, shattering basic cable records, and just generally being awesome. It's since grown to fill every night from 11 PM - 6 AM. Now, my cartoon addiction is hip and grown-up instead of dorky and neotenous. Right? Hello?

Adult Swim knows how to package programming to draw in viewers and keep them coming back; in fact, the programming block has become a sort of resuscitation chamber for good shows previously killed by mishandling or fickle programming executives. Matt Groening's Futurama, Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy, and Brendon Small's Home Movies were all canceled and then picked up as reruns by Adult Swim. Adult Swim's nightly positioning kept the audiences alive and buying DVDs, and before you knew it, Family Guy was back on Fox, Futurama had new episodes in production for Comedy Central, and Adult Swim themselves had funded production of new episodes of Home Movies. All are on DVD, most notably the new Futurama DVD Bender's Big Score, a movie composed of the first new episodes of Futurama since Fox canceled the series in 2003.

Adult Swim's format includes both 15 and 30 minute shows bracketed by simple text card bumpers that give a voice to the block's creators. The bumps show ratings from previous weeks, make fun of dumb posts on the adult swim forums, and drop hints about upcoming programs, having a conversation with viewers and engaging them in the production of the block and the further consumption of the content. These guys know how to talk to an audience that every advertiser wants to reach.

Adult Swim's original programming, much of it produced by Turner's Williams Street production shop, has also become a force to be reckoned with in its highly sought after demographic, producing shows that have pushed the boundaries of sharp writing, cheap production, poor taste, and gratuitous violence. DVD sales for Adult Swim shows have been strong and the sets are loaded with extras; adding some of this stuff to your collection can be an awesome draw for audiences that might otherwise find little of interest on the shelf.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force could be thought of as Adult Swim's flagship show; its cheap, grotesque animation, vivid characters, and brilliant writing set the tone for many of Adult Swim's subsequent programs. In a good way. ATHF Season 5 is airing now, and all 5 seasons are out on DVD plus the 2007 Feature Film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, which cost $750,000 to make and netted over $5,000,000 in the box office.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law represents characters from throughout the Hanna-Barbera stable of properties when they get into legal trouble, such as when mob boss Fred Flintstone needed to beat a racketeering charge, or when Secret Squirrel got picked up for indecent exposure. Not nearly as gross or over-the-top as ATHF, Harvey Birdman has 3 volumes on DVD and is a worthy successor to early Williams Street breakthrough animated talk show Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast, which was one of Turner's first experiments in producing cartoons for ostensible grownups. Harvey Birdman ended in 2007, but new episodes of Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast are now airing on Gametap, Turner's videogame download service. Harvey Birdman also has a Phoenix Wright-inspired courtroom videogame for PS2 and Wii.

Venture Brothers is my favorite Adult Swim show; loosely inspired by Jonny Quest but also by every action cartoon or superhero trope from the 70's and 80's, Venture Brothers has some of the best writing, characters, voice acting, and animation of Adult Swim's original shows, and it's one of very few AS offerings that has an ongoing story. Seasons 1 and 2 are out on DVD and Season 3 airs this summer.

Robot Chicken is the brainchild of Seth Green, who provides the voice of Chris Griffin on Family Guy, was Oz the Werewolf on Buffy, and played Scott Evil in the Austin Powers series. Seth writes and does tons of voices for Robot Chicken, which is essentially a micro-sketch comedy full of tv parodies performed by stop-motion action figures. There are 2 seasons on DVD, and the third season is currently airing.

Aaron McGruder's Boondocks was also brought to TV by Adult Swim. Like the comic strip, the show is not without its controversy, but the writing is awesome, the voices are fantastic, and every episode just kicks ass. There's one season on DVD now and new episodes still airing.

In addition to Adult Swim's comedy lineup, they also air quite a bit of Anime and are a major player in the economics of Japanese shows getting dubbed into English. Anime that has aired on Adult Swim is guaranteed to have a formidable audience and is much higher profile than the Anime that airs on other networks or is only available on video. The utterly brilliant and incomprehensible FLCL got its US start on Adult Swim, and the huge popularity of the Fullmetal Alchemist juggernaut was driven primarily by its AS exposure. AS was also the first US broadcast of the seminal Cowboy Bebop, and they continue to air the simply amazing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Cartoon Network also co-funded the production of a second season of giant robot enigma Big O, providing more episodes to a global audience. Most of all, Anime and Manga legend Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha, one of the biggest Anime shows in the US and Japan, airs solely on Adult Swim. Finally, two comedic anime, rarely translated for english audiences, have aired on AS: the utterly alien and unmissable Super Milk Chan, and the simpson-like but far more crass Crayon Shin-chan, which has 26 new episodes being translated. All of these shows now have a substantial US audience thanks to Adult Swim, and if they're not already in your DVD anime collection, they should be!

Phew, I knew I shouldn't have started talking about this. There is just too much good stuff on Adult Swim. Next time, I'll blabber about all the great shows on Cartoon Network that are supposed to be for kids!

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2008-02-22

Fun Friday Musical Tastes

Right after I finished my undergrad in 1994, I subscribed to CMJ: New Music Monthly. The magazine had a full CD of new music on it every month (I have no idea if that's how they do it now or not). Every month was a whole CD of music I loved. It was great. I often looked really cool by knowing about music well before anyone else did.

I had a subscription for a couple years, and then when we moved out east in 1997, we let it lapse. Every now and then I would think about the magazine and say to myself that I should resubscribe.

So one day I bought an issue without looking at its contents. It was not pretty. Here I was a few year's out of college and there was ZERO music that I liked on the disc. Had music changed that much?

I hadn't thought much about the magazine until I found a mix CD I had burned of all the songs I really liked from the monthly CDs I had accumulated. It's a mixed bag. While I still like songs from The Stone Roses, Rake's Progress, Citizen King, and Portable, there's a lot I don't care for as much anymore. Like who? Like Jill Sobule, Hagfish, Dangerman, and Throwing Muses.

And who's heard of any of these bands these days? People think today's bands have weird names, but what about Jimmie's Chicken Shack or Fun Loving' Criminals or Ben Folds Five? The disc is a strange testament to my former music tastes. Now, Ben Folds Five is not on the mix CD since I bought their entire album, and their subsequent album, but they were a band I discovered through CMJ.

So how do you discover new music these days? Where can you point your patrons to find the hot songs of today that will be in the 'cutout bin' of tomorrow?

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Libraries: Centralized Ordering

Pam Coughlin writes about libraries and centralized ordering of materials over at Shelf Space, the blog for ForeWord Magazine.


Sometimes, I get a bit disheartened about libraries and books.* Two reasons I went into librarianship: books and information. Silly me; because the current "joke" I hear about and read is a variation of this: "you went into libraries for the books? ha ha ha. It's not about the books." So I wonder, where should I go, where should I work if a library isn't about people coming in and finding the books and information they want and need? (Another version of this: a study shows when people hear libraries, they think books, and the library reaction is "silly people!" when my reaction is "dude, the people are telling you your strength, why not build on that instead of run from it?")


Centralized selection and ordering of materials is often explained with the argument, "it frees up librarians time!" Now, no doubt there is some truth to that; but totally removing librarian input into the process? Not good; especially since I'm not the only one who went into this because of the materials. You're not "freeing my time"; you're taking away one of the things I liked, no, loved, about this job.


Anyway, go read Pam's thoughts on the issue. What do you think?


*Ty, for purposes of this post I include music and DVDs and any materials in "books." OK?

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2008-02-20

Wednesday Night Lights: Emeril Edition

At the end of last year, we received the news that the Food Network was not going to renew Emeril's long-time contract for "Emeril Live." This is the show that has kicked off Prime Time for ten years for the network. He had already been moved back an hour to let the network showcase some of its younger/newer chefs. At the time, I was wondering who would step in to take over the mantle of King (or Queen) from Emeril? At this point, Emeril is still on, and there's no clear indication of a successor. I think we'll be waiting until the fall to see what the network has in mind.

But then today, news comes that:
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc is to acquire the media and licensed properties of TV chef Emeril Lagasse for around $50 million in cash and stock

So what does this mean? I think it's a smart move for Martha Stewart to expand her holdings without the effort of market research and design, and it allow Emeril to keep his television shows, cookbooks, and related products going.

What does this mean for the library, other than you could create a mutual display of Martha and Emeril cookbooks? Well, let's just say you'll look well-informed when people want to come talk about recent events in the world of celebrity chefs.

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Cross-Marketing YA: Good or Bad?

A recent article in the New York Times, about James Patterson's Maximum Ride series, made me wonder if perhaps the future holds a major shift in marketing YA books. This article explains how Little, Brown is asking booksellers to give Maximum Ride the same push as Patterson's adult books: keeping them at the front of the store, shelving copies in the adult section, and redesigning the covers and flap copy to appeal as much to adults as to teens.

Two interesting quotes from this article, and my thoughts:

"According to market research conducted by Codex Group on behalf of Little, Brown, more than 60 percent of the readers of the “Maximum Ride” series are older than 35."

When the first Maximum Ride book came out, I know I had a lot of adults wanting it, not aware that it was for teens. And as I recall, a large number of adults didn't want it once they learned it was for teens. Of course, this was a couple of years ago, before the last two Harry Potter books and before the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. But I'm still surprised that so many adults are reading Maximum Ride.

"On the back of both “The Final Warning” and “Daniel X” is a new marketing rubric defining each book as a “James Patterson Pageturner,” written “for readers from ten to a hundred and ten.” Reminding readers of the books’ young-adult roots, the pitch promises that “special care has been taken with the language and content.”"

This is the part that really gave me pause. Now, admittedly, James Patterson is in a class of his own when it comes to marketing and writing; it's unlikely that there's more than a handful of authors who would get this kind of treatment. But it makes me wonder if publishing houses are going to start doing more projects like this: books that are aimed towards all audiences, without "inappropriate language and content". Because honestly? That's not just a disservice to teens; it's a disservice to adults. It reminds me of one of the arguments against Internet filtering: in order to screen objectionable material from children and teens, you end up blocking adults' access to information that they need.

Once we turn eighteen, we don't stop needing books that make us question our lives, our choices, and our futures. On the whole, many books for young adults are all about questioning, and I think that's why they have held such appeal for adults. Yet this doesn't mean that publishers should only give us teen literature that does this; we need literature for all ages that seeks to burst the balloons of ignorance and the status quo. And as much as I want more adults to read YA literature, I don't want them to only be reading it.

What do you think? Am I being a bit too Chicken Little, or could this be something we should be concerned about?

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2008-02-15

Fun Friday: "Are we going to catch that Sirius Black dude?" Dean asked Sam.

Hi, everyone. My name is Carlie, and I like fanfiction. (Want to know more about fanfiction and the people that create it? Come to the panel that Liz and I are presenting that the YALSA YA Lit Symposium in November!) Specifically, I like drabbles, a form of fanfiction in which the entire story takes place in exactly 100 words. Often, people write drabbles around one very specific idea, or sometimes a word prompt, anything from "storm" to "dedication" to "triumph."

Your Fun Friday event is to write a drabble based on one of my favorite TV shows, books, or movies: Harry Potter, Sweet Valley High, Numb3rs, House, M.D., Star Trek: The Next Generation, Veronica Mars, CSI Las Vegas, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Supernatural, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casino Royale, Ocean's 11. The drabble must somehow involve a library because that's what we do around here and contain the word "birthday" because mine is coming up on the 17th. Other than that, anything is fair game.

Here are some prompts to get you started, Feel free to use these if they suit you, or come up with your own idea:
  • Tell me about the shining moment of Dean Winchester's high school career.
  • Charlie Eppes finds out math really can't solve all his problems.
  • Who was the first patient Gregory House couldn't save in time?
  • Jack Skellington decides to celebrate Easter.
  • What other career(s) did Beverly Crusher consider before becoming a doctor?
  • Gil Grissom is assigned a lab partner in college who hates dissection.
  • Complete this line of dialogue: Harry said, "Ginny, I hate to tell you this, but I really like..."
Please make sure your story is content-appropriate for all literate audiences. And don't try to sell it because that's not legal.

The writer of the drabble I like best gets their choice of books: A galley of Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen, a paperback of Klepto by Jenny Pollack, a paperback of The Squad: Killer Spirit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, or a galley of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.

(Really, if it's not exactly 100 words I won't yell at you. Just have fun.)

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2008-02-14

Cybils: the Children's & YA Blogger's Literary Awards

The Cybils Awards have been announced at the Cybils blog.

I'm the Middle Grade organizer; was one of the Young Adult judges; and, it turns out, my nomination for Graphic Novels - Young Adult was chosen for the winner!

A brief recap of the winners:

Fantasy and Science Fiction, Elementary/Middle Grade: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.

Fantasy and Science Fiction, Young Adult: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Fiction Picture Books: The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington; illustrated by Shelley Jackson.

Graphic Novels: Elementary/Middle Grade: Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin; illustrated by Giovanni Rigano and Paolo Lamanna.

Graphic Novel, Young Adult: The Professor's Daughter written by Joann Sfar; illustrated by Emmanuel Guibert.

Middle Grade Novels: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban.

Nonfiction MG/YA books: Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat.

Nonfiction Picture Books: Lightship by Brian Floca

Poetry: This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.

Young Adult Novels: Boy Toy by Barry Lyga.

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2008-02-13

Wednesday Night Lights

Welcome to what I hope is a regular feature here at Pop Goes the Library. Tonight we're going to talk about dogs. I suspect many of you know where this is going. We just had the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show, and for the first time in its history, a beagle won the show. It's also the first time since 1939 that a beagle won its group, the hound dogs.

I watch the dog show every year. Part of this comes from my love, despite allergies, of dogs. Another part comes from the fact that my aunt shows dachshunds. Our first dog (of two) was a golden retriever that was a champion in obedience. Just like how Uno, the beagle who won best of show, was a champion in the hound group, they also have champions for obedience.

But I digress. This year was especially fun to watch since my daughter also loves dogs and was fascinated by a tv show that just had dogs running around on it. My only wish was that we could have connected Charlie Brown in her mind to the beagle on the television. But a real beagle looks nothing like Snoopy. I was laughing on my way to work this morning when the radio guys were saying the exact same thing. I always wanted my beagles to be more monochromatic and to dance that crazy Snoopy dance.

Obviously the dog show offers a lot of easy opportunites for book displays. But you could also host a local dog show. Or have someone come in to talk about showing dogs, or grooming dogs, or training dogs. I know the idea of animals in the library might be frightening to some people.

But it could also be a lot of fun.

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Technology Type: Thanks Library Garden!

I just tested my technology type thanks to Ty's post at Library Garden which clued me in to the Pew Internet and American Life quiz. It seems I am an omnivore like Ty. The quiz says most omnivore's are 28 year old males but I am wondering if in my case it is a librarian thing? Thanks for the Friday Fun Ty...although in my case it made for a fun Wednesday!

2008-02-10

Webcomics in Print?

Hello, I'm Eli. Sophie has kindly asked me to become a contributor to Pop Goes the Library, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity! I think she got the idea when I wouldn't shut up about webcomics at the Midwinter Blog Salon, and I think I got on the topic because I was so excited to see The Trial of Colonel Sweeto at the Dark Horse booth. Sweeto is the work of Nicholas Gurewitch, whose comic the Perry Bible Fellowship (which has nothing to do with Perry, Bibles, or Fellowship) is an irresistable syrupy-sweet base with brilliantly hilarious and frequently offensive splashes of darkness, violence, or obscenity. PBF runs in some altweeklies and has a staggering web archive that covers a wide spectrum of style and content.

This is Dark Horse's first webcomic edition, and when I totally geeked out at the booth, the vendors asked me what other webcomics I might like to see in print (the venerable goats came first to mind), so with the awesome package of this edition, which includes red ribbon bookmark, beautifully bound, with some new content not found in the archives, I'm hoping we see a lot more great webcomics getting this Dark Horse treatment, especially since The Trial of Colonel Sweeto did $300,000 worth of preorders and has already gone to a third printing after only 4 months on the market.

Of course, if you want to start buying webcomics in print to add some cool depth to your graphic novel collection, there are a ton of great webcomics with self-published or small press paperbound stuff out there. A wide swath of webcomics are unabashedly geekly, and one of my absolute favorites (and no exception) is the daily comic space opera Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler, who quit his job as the product manager for Novell Groupwise, and now supports his family of five with revenue from his webcomic. Tayler's art is not the star attraction, although he has come a very, very long way and the style grows on the dedicated reader; it's his storylines that are irresistable: tightly plotted, audacious and gripping, yet plodding as only a daily strip can get away with, but a punchline in every one. 1000 strips in, he relaunched the comic, organizing it into large story arcs optimized for print, with tidy volume endings and just enough exposition at the beginning of the next book. Start with Under New Management.

Another webcomic that's great in print ended a year ago this week. Bruno, by Chris Baldwin, started in 1996 as an offshoot from a college paper, and follows the life of a young woman, one panel at a time, for 10 garfield-sized volumes. ( I'm sure no author wants to have their work described that way, but if you're of a certain range of ages, and you see a paperback book of certain dimensions, that's what it is!) Again, while most people read Bruno online, the author was always aware of how the strips would fit together when printed resulting in some wonderful books that supplement the web archive with bonus material.

Now, treat these links with caution; webcomic archives are addictive, and PBF and Bruno are not for everyone and may not even be worksafe in your community. Then there's the issue of how the heck you can let those webheads know that you've got hard copies of their favorite webcomics in the collection... and if I figure that out, I'll be sure to let you know. Stay tuned!

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2008-02-08

Pop Cafe Press Shop is Open For Business

You want 'em. Now you can buy 'em: We Heart Our Dead Gay Headmaster buttons are now for sale at Pop Goes the Library's very own CafePress shop.

We just have a basic shop up right now, so there's only one color scheme for sale, but clever Melissa has adapted Carlie's brilliant Heathers-HP mashup into color schemes for every House at Hogwarts, which we will sell in future if sales of the regular ones go well.  If you have been sorted yet, you can do so here.  

The buttons are marked up from CafePress's base price, but all proceeds will be donated to GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

Shop early, shop often.

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Fun Friday: Guess the Smartypants Lyric

Our best ideas happen in IM. Carlie & I were chatting about the slogan for the YA Section's traditional sassy buttons for this year's conference, and started using our prodigious vocabularies to smarten up the lyrics of a certain quasi-royal multi-platinum artist's recent hit song .  Next thing we know, we're writing this post.

Post your guesses for the songs & artists in the comments, gentle readers, and please feel free to steal this idea for use in your library.  This would rock the bulletin board in your teen area or outside your school media center.

The lyrics we used our 10-cent words on are a mix of current Top 40, Classic Rock, and one Golden Oldie by a formerly (some might say currently) reigning monarch of the genre.  

  1. If you are lacking in financial resources, kindly return your bankrupt posterior to your dwelling place.
  2. They attempted to steer me to a place of recovery, but I was disinclined to acquiesce to their request.
  3. The lady was quick with her mechanical workings. She paid special attention to the fastidious state of said workings. She happened to be the finest example of feminine pulchritude that I had witnessed to date.
  4. Everyone was transfixed by her rear-flattering denim trousers and her footwear. Suddenly, we were all shocked to see her writhing near the floor!
  5. Previously,  I was very nervous. I gazed at the floor. I couldn't get my response out correctly after you inquired as to the state of my thoughts. 
  6. Please escort me to the sunny metropolis, where the lawns are well cared-for and the female residents are pleasing to the eye.
  7. Dear John, I don't feel kindly towards your female companion. I think you might want to consider starting a new relationship.  You know, you might consider me for that post.
  8. No entity, none whatsoever (and I really mean that) exists that has the power to interrupt my feelings of adoration regarding your person and self.
  9. The supervisor of those held captive by the state hosted a get-together in the taxpayer-funded correctional facility.
  10. Assistance! I am in need of a person! Au secours! Only  a very special person will do!  You are well aware that I must have an aide of some kind! Rush to my side!
First to get all 10 (or closest to it) over the weekend wins a free We [Heart] Our Dead Gay Headmaster button in the Hogwarts House colorway of their choice.  CafePress store is coming, promise!

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