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Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

In need of gift ideas for the insufferable librarian in your life? You’re in luck. With help from CafePress and Etsy, the 100 Scope Notes Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has you covered.

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For the librarian who can’t remember what their profession is:

The appropriately named “Librarian Sweatshirt”. This pairs nicely with pants that say “pants” on them.

For the children’s librarian who wants scare everyone at the next story time:

Imagine the looks on their faces during the next Very Hungry Caterpillar read-aloud when you pull this out. Just imagine the looks.

For the librarian who should have hung it up in 1991:

This sticker gives off just the right “I’ve given up” vibe.

For the librarian that needs the perfect throw pillow to complete a room:

… although I’m kinda scared about what that room might be.

For the librarian who’s confused about their job description:


For the librarian who needs just one more tote bag:

So that’s what happened to my bedspread.

For a librarian you would like to offend:

“When I saw this sticker, I immediately thought of you!”

For the obsessive note-taking librarian:

Yes, this is a notebook. Can you think of a better place to record your thoughts and feelings than in this handsome keepsake?

For the librarian who’s a little too “in tune” with the Twilight series:

A knit hat based on… Edward Cullen’s eyes. Next up, a shirt based on Jacob Black’s pecs.

Coming Soon: Children’s Book Lump of Coal Gift Guide.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Spit take!

    I can’t even pick which one is my favorite.

  2. nancy Essid says:

    So were are all the nice gifts for the good librarians who always have just the book you wanted? And if they don’t they go out of their way to get it for you? And the ones who don’t look at you as if you are stupid when you ask an obvious question? And the ones that when you ask for a blue book on dogs, they hand you a red book about cats and its the right book?

  3. I need that throw pillow. NEED.

  4. Scope Notes says:

    For all the situations you listed, there is certainly good reason for nice gifts as well. I think any thoughtful gift will do, but when in doubt, go with food.

  5. Scope Notes says:

    So you’ve got the type of room that pillow completes – what’s it like? I’m guessing a patriotic guitar library, or something similar.

  6. pupfiction says:

    Wow, this are terrible. Are you sure you went to etsy or regrestsy?

  7. Scope Notes says:

    Ha, there was one gift I found on Regretsy – the Edwards Eyes hat.

  8. Oh, I so need the Library Wench sticker to go with my R3AD license plate and “follow me to the library” plate holder. So much better than Library Goddess. Glad to see that the new addition to the family hasn’t adversely affected your wicked sense of humor.

  9. I don’t even UNDERSTAND that last one.

    Maybe it’s just that my standards for Edward’s eyes are so high, after all I read about their golden hue.