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2021 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2021 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back.

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For the librarian who works in a haunted mansion

Stained library cards


Be honest: was someone just murdered in the library?

For the librarian who insists on silence

Shhh finger mask


“You know, I’m really digging the pandemic. This mask I wear is saving me a lot of time shushing people.”

For a librarian/Maury Povich fan

World’s best librarian mugs


For the aggressive librarian

Library shirt


Few people know that this was Melvil Dewey’s personal slogan.

For the design-conscious librarian

Vintage ombré peach color bundle


“Books for sale! Ten cents each!”

*Rearranges books in an ombré fashion*

“Books for sale! I won’t accept less than 75 dollars for them!”

For the Harry Potter fan

Table Quiddich game


Wait a second, this isn’t quiddich . . .

For the librarian who has a weird sense of smell

Dracula Scented Candle


“I just LOVE the smell of man-bats who drink human blood.”

For the passionate librarian

Librarian mug


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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. Ahahahaha: “vintage ombre peach color bundle, $75”!!! Finally, a solution to internet wailing about weeding collections: “Feel free to stop by and curate an ombre color bundle for your Etsy shop!”

    Also, just realized that “Dewey Decimate” would be a good roller derby name. (If only Melvil himself hadn’t been such a racist wad…)

  2. Linda M. Klein says

    The Results are In: this is the best gift list ever!