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2011 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2011 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back.

Click here for the 2010 Guide

Click here for the 2009 Guide

(Click the images below to buy)

For the librarian who…might like this:

Only $72.00?


For the librarian who would go to any length to stop losing his glasses:

And I do mean any length.


For the librarian who loves movies she’s never seen:

“So, you looking forward to that Hunger Games movie?”


For the librarian who sometimes mistakes herself for a tree:

In the words of my wife, “as an ornament, okay. As a necklace, unacceptable.”


For the librarian who thinks Twilight and American Girl dolls are for the same audience:

Pair this with diapers featuring scenes from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.


For the librarian looking to fill a space on his shirt:

A nice pin, but I hear this seller’s true passion is photography.


The the librarian who likes felt. A bit too much:


For the librarian who loves things containing the word “librarian”, but aren’t actually very librarian-y:

These would go great with my librarian pants, librarian belt, librarian shoes and librarian watch while eating a librarian sandwich for librari-lunch.


For the librarian who needs the following:

If I knew what these were used for, I would attempt a joke right here.


And, just because she’s still available from the 2010 Lump of Coal Gift Guide…

For the librarian who needs her day brightened:

And I quote:

She is bouncy, she is dorky, she is a librarian!
With an orchid sewn proudly to her chest, and snazzy glasses to brighten your day, Y is upcycled from fabrics and felt samples, stuffed up with polyester stuffing, and she loves to dance.
Y. is just about a foot tall and fits in purses, large cargo pockets, easter baskets, and mail boxes. She wants you!

I hope you found a little something for the librarian in your life.

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. You make afghans out of granny squares, Travis! (Depending on your level of craftiness, that explanation may not have helped…)

    • I was hoping someone would clue me in on these, Elizabeth – thank you! Although I am not very crafty, I do know about afghans, so it’s all making sense now. Except for the whole “Katniss” part of the equation.

  2. I need the reading glasses holder.

  3. Umm…is that a nose piercing on the glasses holder? If yes, that’s the only moderately authentic librarian thing about any of these gifts.

  4. Travis, you made me laugh so hard I woke up my poor sleeping hubby! Felt+Twilight=Hell