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12 Crafts Perfect for Librarians

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From coffee mugs to pasties (!), here are some of the coolest crafts we hope to see popping up soon in a library near us.

1. The Mug Who Lived

With so many cute book-inspired coffee cups for sale out there, there is no excuse for any librarian to be sipping out of a boring white coffee cup. But if you prefer to DIY, try making this adorable Harry Potter mug using tips from NerdCraftLibrarian, and drink away your fears about the Dark Lord’s return.

2. Fashion and Function

Always remember to bring along a book to read, but forget to take your keys and wallet? Well perhaps you’ll be better about grabbing those things before you leave the house if you hide them inside of a book. All you need to follow this Instructable by grow_power is some fabric, glue, purse handles, and a book with a great-looking cover. It’s a great way to bring new life to a book that has already been too destroyed to read.

3. The Seed of Knowledge

Here’s another great use for old damaged books—turn them into adorable planters. Apartment Therapy has all the instructions you need to make these for yourself and, because they house succulents, they won’t get so messed up from watering.

4. Make Your Tea Time More Cozy

Maybe it’s just me, but I think your teapot looks lonely. Fortunately, with this pattern by HandMadeAwards, you can knit your own Kate the Librarian to keep it cozy all while reading it a lovely story.

5. Get Lost In Adventure

Librarians are known for crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s, so it’s no big stretch for them to move on to crossing some stitches and making great needlework designs. If you’re looking for a pattern that’s perfect to hang in the library, it’s hard to beat this design by oneofakindbydesign that invites everyone to enjoy getting lost in a book.

6. I Cannot Tell A Lie

For the more edgy librarians, it never hurts to show off your sense of humor by parodying 90’s hip hop songs with book-inspired cross stitches. This pattern by neverdyingpoet can help you impress both fans of Sir Mix A Lot and Leo Tolstoy-obsessives all at once.

7. Pick A Card

There aren’t many quilts out there that scream “librarian,” but when you have one out there that actually features copies of old card catalog pages, you really don’t need any others. This impressive feat of librarian fandom was completed by Craftster user feeddog, who once was a librarian and still works with books as part of her career.

8. Don’t Be Such A Turkey

What does a turkey have to do with librarian crafts? Well, this particularly turkey craft was made by a librarian. And not just any librarian, but one who feels there simply aren’t enough turkeys out there. If you agree with Ravelry user Steph Michauld, you can buy her pattern and start knitting your own turkey to entertain your own holiday guests or to decorate your library at any time of the year. Best of all, the small purchase price goes to supplementing the income of a librarian.

9. A Bookworm for Bookworms

Every library needs a little mascot, and this crocheted plush bookworm, complete with reading glasses, is a perfect option. You can grab your own from Etsy seller RobertaAnne.

10. She’s A Real Paige Turner

Etsy seller KrazyBoutKats sells a whole town worth of adorable cat figures, but it’s little Paige Turner here who has earned herself a place on this list. This cute career cat would also make a great mascot for a library or a great friend for any real library cats.

11. A Naughty Librarian

Even the most uptight librarian is far from prudish when it comes to a love of books and with this cross stitch by Etsy seller MeltedSquirrel, you can brag to the world about your literary conquests.

12. Not Safe For the Library

Know any librarians who stock the shelves during the day and hit the burlesque stage at night? Well then, you found the perfect audience for Craftser user calluna’s librarian pasties. Made from pages of books and adorned with sequins spelling “shhh” and tiny books at the ends of the tassels, these are only for the naughtiest of naughty librarians.

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A Limited Edition, Handwritten Manuscript of The Great Gatsby Can Be Yours for $249
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Fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby need to put this on their holiday wish list: The French manuscript publisher SP Books is releasing a deluxe, limited-edition version of Fitzgerald’s handwritten Gatsby manuscript.

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The 328-page, large-format edition is cloth-bound and features an ornamental, iron-gilded cover. The facsimile of Fitzgerald’s original manuscript shows how the author reworked, rewrote, and otherwise altered the book throughout his writing process, changing character’s names (Nick was named “Dud” at one point), cutting down scenes, and moving around where certain information was introduced to the plot, like where the reader finds out how Gatsby became wealthy, which in the original manuscript wasn’t revealed until the end of the book. For Fitzgerald superfans, it's also signed.

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The publisher is only selling 1800 copies of the manuscript, so if you’re a lover of literary history, you’d better act fast.

It’s available from SP Books for $249.

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An AI Program Wrote Harry Potter Fan Fiction—and the Results Are Hilarious
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“The castle ground snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind.”

So begins the 13th chapter of the latest Harry Potter installment, a text called Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. OK, so it’s not a J.K. Rowling original—it was written by artificial intelligence. As The Verge explains, the computer-science whizzes at Botnik Studios created this three-page work of fan fiction after training an algorithm on the text of all seven Harry Potter books.

The short chapter was made with the help of a predictive text algorithm designed to churn out phrases similar in style and content to what you’d find in one of the Harry Potter novels it "read." The story isn’t totally nonsensical, though. Twenty human editors chose which AI-generated suggestions to put into the chapter, wrangling the predictive text into a linear(ish) tale.

While magnified wind doesn’t seem so crazy for the Harry Potter universe, the text immediately takes a turn for the absurd after that first sentence. Ron starts doing a “frenzied tap dance,” and then he eats Hermione’s family. And that’s just on the first page. Harry and his friends spy on Death Eaters and tussle with Voldemort—all very spot-on Rowling plot points—but then Harry dips Hermione in hot sauce, and “several long pumpkins” fall out of Professor McGonagall.

Some parts are far more simplistic than Rowling would write them, but aren’t exactly wrong with regards to the Harry Potter universe. Like: “Magic: it was something Harry Potter thought was very good.” Indeed he does!

It ends with another bit of prose that’s not exactly Rowling’s style, but it’s certainly an accurate analysis of the main current that runs throughout all the Harry Potter books. It reads: “‘I’m Harry Potter,’ Harry began yelling. ‘The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!’”

Harry Potter isn’t the only work of fiction that Jamie Brew—a former head writer for ClickHole and the creator of Botnik’s predictive keyboard—and other Botnik writers have turned their attention to. Botnik has previously created AI-generated scripts for TV shows like The X-Files and Scrubs, among other ridiculous machine-written parodies.

To delve into all the magical fiction that Botnik users have dreamed up, follow the studio on Twitter.

[h/t The Verge]

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