A “roundup of some of the coolest Lego libraries and bookstores from around the bookternet.”
This past week, my husband stumbled upon this Book Riot post that is a “roundup of some of the coolest Lego libraries and bookstores from around the bookternet.” Although the post is from 2013, it’s still AWESOME. (Is it too soon to call a 2013 post on the interwebs an “oldie but goodie”? 😉 ) Seriously, pause in reading this post and experience it for yourself!
Last but not least, if you’re up for more Lego library fun, then you might also be interested in my own Lego library-themed posts from a couple of years ago, including my search for my very own Lego Librarian mini-figure (see below):
It took 35 years to get around to including a Lego librarian minifigure.
Earlier this summer, I posted the news about a new Lego librarian minifigure, which included my experience hunting one down. I also celebrated the second anniversary of this blog with a librarian minifigure giveaway, here and here. I thought I had thoroughly explored the librarian-themed minifig universe…
I was mistaken. 😉
Last week, while I browsed the shelves at a huge Scholastic book fair warehouse (does anyone else get really excited and wax nostalgic about Scholastic book fairs?), when lo and behold, I turned a corner and encountered the book, LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History (published by DK, 2013).
So OF COURSE I had to take photos. You’re welcome 😉
Turns out the modern Lego minifigure was first introduced in 1978. Who knew?! The librarian minifigure didn’t show up until this year, in the 2013 Series 10 series, meaning it took 35 years to get around to including a Lego librarian minifigure. We came after the mime, super wrestler, zombie, cheerleader, musketeer, sleepyhead, lederhosen guy, and lawn gnome, just to name a few.
And when I mentioned that to my husband, here’s how the conversation went:
Me: It took them 35 years to feature a librarian?!
My husband: Well, they kept bringing it up, but they kept getting shushed.
Gotta admit, that got a chuckle — or two — out of me. 😀
Farshtey, Gregory, and Daniel Lipkowitz. LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History. DK Children, 2013.
LEGO released a “Lego Librarian” as part of its Minifigures series… in May. May! How am I just now finding out about this?! Better late than never, because I was on the hunt for a Lego Librarian of my very own. The catch? LEGO “cannot accommodate requests for specific minifigures,” which is (a) really annoying and (b) really annoying. The minifigures are sold in opaque packages, so you can’t tell which one is inside.
Quite undeterred, however, my husband and I set off for the nearest Toys ‘R’ Us and dutifully sorted through the display of minifigures, feeling each package for the librarian props, as seen below. And after nearly an hour of effort, success! (I am nothing if not dedicated to my love of all things librarian. 😉 )
Yep, several visual stereotypes present and accounted for: glasses, dark colors, conservative sweater vest, with a coffee cup that reads “Shhhh…” But no bun! And the “Lego Librarian” also comes with a book entitled Oranges and Peaches, a hilarious insider joke to this scene in one of my very favorite reel librarian films, Party Girl (1995). Well played, LEGO, well played.
My favorite Lego librarian? It’s sooooo hard to choose. I love the one who quotes ‘Buffy’ (yep, been there), as well as the Alternalibrarian and the Warrior Librarian. And he’s got a whole line of guy librarian minifigures, too! My fave guy librarian figure is the wannabe hipster librarian (yep, met a few of those). 😉