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.


Wine and the Library

Even if you're not much of a drinker, you've probably heard the name Gallo, as in Ernest and Julio Gallo, founders of the largest winemaking company in the world. Ernest Gallo, passed away at the age of 97 earlier this week.

SO why mention this here? Well, this quote is the kicker:
Using $5,900 they borrowed and a recipe from the Modesto Public Library, Ernest and Julio rented a ramshackle building, and everybody in the family pitched in to make ordinary wine for 50 cents a gallon -- half the going price. The Gallos made $30,000 the first year.
These two brothers knew nothing about making wine, but used resources available at their local library to start what would become the largest winery in the country. If not for the library, where would these gentlemen have gotten their inspiration?

What will your patrons find this week at your library? Do you have any potential Gallos among your patrons?

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But It's Such A Good Program!

Over at Tea Cozy I posted about the myths surrounding the use of quilts in the Underground Railroad; Farm School has a nice list of resources but being a Jersey Girl my favorites are from Giles R. Wright, Director of the Afro-American History Program, New Jersey Historical Commission; check out this interview and this specific critique.

So, how many quilt programs does your library have during Black History Month? And what do you do to address the critique of the quilt theory?

Edited to add: Monica Edinger's thoughtful views on Appealing Myths.

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