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2012 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 2012 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back.

Click here for the 2011 guide

Click here for the 2010 guide

Click here for the 2009 guide

(Click the images below to buy)

For the librarian who has a collecting problem:

World record holder for lowest appraisal on Antiques Roadshow.

For the librarian who likes to gross people out:

Ladies and gentlemen, the most unsettling image I’ve ever posted on this blog.

For the librarian looking for a happy place:

For the librarian who likes to be precise with the fines:

You had me at “extremely blurry image”. The description helped too.

For the librarian who’s tough – you got a problem?:

For the librarian who appreciates the tinier things:

Oh, by the way – why are these mini leather books sitting in front of three slices of bread with olives on top?!

For the librarian who doesn’t have time to cut random stuff out of books:

For the librarian with severe nostalgia syndrome:

“Remember how uncomfortable those headphones were? THOSE were the days!”

For the librarian who’d describe themselves as ‘a classy Twi-hard’:

For the librarian who’s very dedicated to Harry Potter:

For the librarian who likes glitter:

For the librarian who likes anything:

The nice thing about this gift is that you can claim it is any book character.

For the librarian who just got out of clowning school:

Quick question: Librarian clown?

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. funbrarian says:

    You had me at the “hunger games” cresent roll. No wonder they were so hungry. Blech.

  2. devo carpenter says:

    You guys…..librarian clowns…..we do exist and I know you know this…..yay…sending you more love than a barrel of attachment parenting kids

  3. So cute! I’d gift my librarian one of these books: http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/10/top-10-childrens-books-librarian-as-super-hero-for-ages-1-12/

    (Librarians as Super Heroes!).

  4. I’m thinking I need the Ministry of Magic decals for myself…

  5. That’s funny. We just found an old library calculator today! Those things are crazy. Never knew they existed. Guess they’re not likely worth much.

  6. I’m sending my family to this link ASAP! So many great things to choose from. I’m finding myself partial to the HP decal and the glittery book…

  7. that librarian clown looks a lot like Mrs. Beasley’s dolls. http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mrs.+beasley

  8. There’s the answer to my funding problems! I’ll sell the dozens of weird blue headphones I have! I also have two film strip projectors and some slide carousels that I might be able to flog!


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