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Amanda and Donna both agree that the Batgirl sneakers are THE BEST.

Also, it’s National Library Workers Day.  Woohoo, party at the Reference Desk!

Partaaay!  We’ll bring the Bat-shots

Pour .5oz Captain Morgan into pint glass, and fill halfway with Coke. Pour Bailey’s, Vanilla vodka, and root beer schnapps in equal parts into shot glass. Sing “NANANANANANANANA BATMAAAAAAAN” and drop the shot glass into the pint glass. Drink quickly, before the Bailey’s curdles! Tastes like a root beer float, feels like a Batarang to the face.

Holy Dewey Decimal System, Batman!

— Petra

Melanie! Get on this for Halloween!

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New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall spent more than a decade reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11. Her book, The Wrong Enemy, offers new information about how Islamabad has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan, and how Pakistan’s intelligence agency may have helped Osama bin Laden hide out in Abbottabad, Pakistan:

"We knew [bin Laden] was hiding almost in plain sight in Pakistan, but when I finally learned this from an inside source – so, someone who really did know — it made sense that they were hiding him and protecting him to use him, I think, for their own reasons.

I think one of the reasons was that they knew he was a powerful figurehead of al-Qaida [and] of Muslim fighters around the world, and I think they wanted him on their side, a bit controlled, to use him for their own policy-making. And so they used him to control and influence their own militant proxy forces that Pakistan has been fostering and sponsoring for several decades now … [including] to fight in Kashmir …

I think also they didn’t want to be the nation that handed him over to the U.S., to be seen by other Muslims as the ones who betrayed this hero or Muslim warrior, as he’s often seen …

They were always telling the west that the trail had gone cold. [Pakistani] President [Pervez] Musharraf came to Washington and said that: We have no information, maybe bin Laden is dead. There was a failure not only to cooperate with the U.S., who was supposed to be the great ally and has pumped money and assistance into Pakistan for this last decade or more, but there was actually genuinely an effort to mislead and to hide him when they knew that this was the one great target for America after Sept. 11.”

Photo : Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abottabad, Pakistan via Getty Images

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It was an incredible honor to get the opportunity to tattoo a tattoo machine parts mandala on @sobaone, who built the tattoo machines I have used to make a living with for the past 5 years (when I was clued into how awesome his machines are.) Going to bed super grateful and stoked on life tonight.

Little Jenn Small

that TEAL tho

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Still Going Strong
One Year later, Boston continues to heal.

April 15th marks one year since the Boston Marathon bombings. Lives were forever changed, but even through tragedy, there remains an incredible amount of strength and resilience. We take a look back at the difficult healing process of a city coping with unspeakable loss, while still staying ‘Boston Strong.’
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Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

Signal boost

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c. 1920 
Suffrage Flyer
Missouri Historical Society Collections

Fuck Yes

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More TRUE than you know

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Prosthetic limbs that match your body … and your style:  Industrial designer Scott Summit uses 3D printing technology to create individualized artificial limbs that users can choose and personalize to fit their unique style.

In a talk at TEDxCambridge, Summit explains how this process not only gives users autonomy over the aesthetics of their prosthetics, but also makes for artificial limbs that factor in the quirks, curves, and uniqueness of a user’s body, eliminating the need for prosthetic-wearers to hack their artificial limbs — with socks, bubble wrap, even duct tape — to feel comfortable. Watch the whole talk here»

Above, photos of some of the creations made by Summit’s design firm, Bespoke Innovations.

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With Batman by his side, Batkid strikes again:

Robin is the catcher OBVS

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WAY earlier than expected, my Visa for Ghana arrived today. It truly could not have come at a better time. Serving more than its obvious purpose, getting this back today reminded me of just how much I have accomplished. Travel has always been a ‘pipe dream’; something fun to talk about that is easy conversation. Today however, it got real. I have a ticket, visa, and vaccines appointment. I am going to Ghana. I get to check off LITERALLY #1 on my bucket list: Volunteer in Africa. 

After 2 of the roughest weeks I have had a school, I was reminded today of just how fortunate I am to have this opportunity. Admittedly, I did have a “Damn, I did it!” moment of self- accomplishment. But, dammit I think I deserve it. And if that makes me selfish or over-confident, so be it.

It comes down to one word: act. If you want it, go get it. Almost 23 and I have only just begun to understand just how much that word means to me. Here’s to those who have encouraged me and listened to my ‘pipe dreams’ about travelling the world. YOU get a souvenir. And in Ghana, I’m thinking custom made dresses are the way to go!!!