Irish Libraries, Daniel Craig, and the ARe Cafe

From Phyl comes this brilliant video celebrating Library Week in Ireland.

Hm. Can I come to Ireland? I want to go to the library there! All of them! And, you know, do all those annoying tourist things. Happy Library Week, Ireland!

And, not to feature only Ireland, but everyone else: it’s Read an eBook Week, too, from March 6-12. So, now, I want to go to Ireland AND read an ebook. Well, I pretty much want to read an ebook all the time, much like I want to eat Thin Mints and not wear shoes all the time, but I have never done that in Ireland. New goal for the year!

Where do you want to go to read an ebook? Anyone want to charter a flight to Ireland? Paper books always welcome, of course.

But wait, there’s more!

 

To acknowledge and ask the obvious yet important questions about female equality, here’s Daniel Craig in drag.

I love this video like OMG.

And finally – congrats to AReCafe and AllRomance on their launch of a new community of avid readers. The AReCafe, of which I was a beta user, has recommendations, events, digital reader advice, and a lot of interaction opportunities. Happy reading to y’all.

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  1. 1
    RFLong says:

    I’m the librarian of a private library in Ireland. You’re very welcome to come and visit me.

    You can’t knock over all my books though! :)

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    notsurewho says:

    I’m sure all of us Irish SBfans would love to show ye around if ye were to come.

    We could take you on the ‘Leap Year’ rant tour because what a b*tch wants is something to b*tch about.

    As for e-book reading…- I’d like to read them here or there, I’d like to read them anywhere. I’d like to read them in a house, I’d like to read them with a mouse. I’d like to read them in a box, I’d like to read them with a fox, I’d like to read them in a tree…..

    Results38- Oh, dear. I hope that’s not an omen of what’s to come.

  3. 3
    Sarah W says:

    Oh, this library vid is brilliant!  I’m going to pass it around to my co-workers – especially our PR department.

    Except, um . . . who’s going to reshelve all those? :)

    I’m also swiping the Judi Dench-Daniel Craig vid for my own determined purposes!  Thanks!

  4. 4
    MicheleKS says:

    With those awesome libraries I think the Celtic Tiger is going to come back with a hell of a bite. GO IRELAND!

    Second, Daniel Craig is brillant in anything he does. But in drag… wow. And Judy Dench kicks more butt with just her words than any man with a weapon.

    And as for equality, Gloria Steinem once said that no one asks a man how to balance career and family. To me, when that question is asked of every man on the planet then there will be true equality.

  5. 5
    Ros says:

    What I’d really like to do is go home and read ebooks all day (all week?) but sadly I have to stay at the office and work. :(

  6. 6
    Cyranetta says:

    And for another bit of awesome…

    http://www.savethelibraries.com

  7. 7
    Donna says:

    I really don’t understand why people think librarians are humorless prudes. I’ve never met a one who didn’t have a sparkle in her/his eye. Maybe shushing people all day leads to these outbursts of jubilant creativity (OK, or a really good advertising firm…).

    spamword: leaders66 – if we had 66 leaders who were librarians the world might be a better place.

  8. 8
    Donna says:

    Oh, almost forgot. I’d still do Daniel Craing in a dress.

  9. 9
    Lori says:

    I’m having a fairly craptastic week and those videos made my day. Thank you!

  10. 10
    Daisy says:

    Great vids!

    I’d like to read my ebooks sitting on Hadrian’s Wall in Scotland.  Then I would come to Ireland and join you in your library tour.

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    AgTigress says:

    The libraries video is absolutely brilliant!  Wonder how long it took to set up and film.

    Daisy, Hadrian’s Wall is technically in England, not Scotland.  But I know what you mean, and I absolutely recommend it for reading e-books or better still, looking at the landscape and feeling the presence of history all around you.  :-)

  12. 12
    quichepup says:

    I squeed when I saw that amazing reading room. Great library video, liked the use of e-readers as well as print books.

  13. 13
    Emily says:

    I think it must Friday.
    Smart Bitches has fantastic videos.

  14. 14
    Emily says:

    I think it must be Friday.
    Sorry bad grammar.

  15. 15
    Stephanie says:

    I would love to go to Ireland again so I am in!

    @notsurewho … I would so enjoy your ‘Leap Year’ rant!! I just got back to the States from Ireland when it came out and was yelling at the screen during the movie :)

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    Gretchen Galway says:

    I’ll click on anything that includes the words “Daniel” and “Craig.”

  17. 17
    duckgirlie says:

    Come to Ireland! We desperately need your tourism money.

    My local library is beautiful, but it’s currently under re-construction. But I credit a lot of my early reading to the librarian there circumnavigating the regulations to give me a grown-up membership when I was 13, letting me take out twice as many books at a time.

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    Virginia E says:

    I’ve been a librarian and I guess it shows. I watched that video and thought about all the work to reshelve all those books. I enjoyed it and realize it was a labor of love, but I know just how much work that really is.

    Ag: the real reason that Hadrian’s Wall is in England is that Scotland already has enough rocks and the English need that fond delusion of control.

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    ev says:

    Those are two very awesome videos.

    I want to go to Ireland and read an e-book now too.

  20. 20
    AgTigress says:

    Ag: the real reason that Hadrian’s Wall is in England is that Scotland already has enough rocks and the English need that fond delusion of control.

    LOL!  Or perhaps because ‘England’ and ‘Scotland’ are post-Roman concepts!  ;-)  Scotland does have its own Roman wall, though:  the Antonine Wall.  Not so visible, but still pretty important.

    Anyway, I don’t have a dog in that fight:  I’m Welsh (another post-Roman concept).

  21. 21
    TracyP says:

    Love the clips.  I too needed the pick-me-up so appreciated them very much!

  22. 22

    I’m sure it says something (unflattering) about me that the first thing I thought when I saw Daniel Craig in drag was “ooh, nice rack.”

  23. 23
    Eva says:

    Very cool…except for a tiny glitch – Dublin City Libraries do not offer ebook lending!

  24. 24
    Reina says:

    Thank you! You rock…and so do Judi Dench and Daniel Craig. He just shot up a few spots in my sexy men list! lol. I would go to Ireland anytime. :) And I read e books at home—no device. I prefer library books, old school. Thanks again for the laughs.

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    Niamh says:

    So glad to see a video like this and all the positive comments. I love my local libraries (south County Dublin) and don’t know what I’d do without them. Let’s hope that with all the cuts in funding that they recognise that library user numbers are increasing and that we desperately need them.
    I’m a primary school teacher who’s facing huge budget cuts and being able to use the library for bulk borrowing for my class is so important. I can’t in good conscience ask parents to fork out money for new class novel but at least they can still enjoy new books through the local library. Plus our local library is really involved with our school; all the kids from Junior Infants to 6th to class (kindergarten to 6th/7th grade I think)
    have a library card and every Tuesday the classes make a trip to the library. The kids can get access to books that they may not have the chance to at home due to financial reasons. Plus it helps foster a culture of reading in the school which is always good!

    Very cool…except for a tiny glitch – Dublin City Libraries do not offer ebook lending!

    Eva,
    Dublin City centre libraries may not but other county council’s do (Try Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown libraries or maybe ones just outside the city centre near you that you can join and then borrow ebooks from).

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