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2017 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Lump of Coal 2017

Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2017 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back.

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For the librarian who really hates bookmarks

Bookmarks Are for Quitters Shirt



You never use one?

For the librarian who is the hero of their own story

Librarian Gift Book Dog Chew Toy



“What’s that in your mouth, beast? A book?! Give it back this instant!”

For the librarian who stays low key

Low Key Stunner Plaid Secretary Librarian Dress Joan From Mad Men



Very low key. Absurdly low key. The lowest of low keys.

Side note: I love on Etsy how the product titles just devolve into a keyword free-for-all.

“Ooh – how about we throw a ‘Joan from Mad Men’ in there for good measure?”

For the librarian who needs a tie

Bibliophile Men’s Tie



“How can we sell these ties with book spines glued on them?”

“I don’t know, maybe with a poorly lit photo where you can’t see the product?”


For the librarian who is into nightmares

The Librarian Spooky Haunted Porcelain Doll




For the aggressive librarian

Librarian Shirt



For the librarian who enjoys work

Book Decanter



“Where’s Bob?”

“He went to the stacks half an hour ago to shelve that white and blue book with the cork on top.”


For the librarian who feels cats should be allowed in the profession

Cat Librarian Necklace



“Look at this guy. Tell me he wouldn’t make a great librarian.”

For the librarian who doesn’t want a gift, but has another request

Librarian T-shirt



Note: The wearer must provide the heavy sigh.

For the bookworm librarian

Bookworm Bookmark



“Worm” is used loosely.

For the librarian who’s also a carrot

Sexy Librarian Carrot Embroidered Patch



“Where should I set the price for this small embroidered patch?”

“I don’t know, five bucks?”

“Another thought: $52.95.”

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. Monica Edinger says:

    Did the Lonely Doll become a librarian?

  2. “I will Dewey Decimate you!” Just made my week!

  3. The carrot patch is my favorite! ?

  4. Any way we can have links to the items?

  5. Matt Benson says:

    Any links? I need to decimate!!