Libraries in Pop Culture

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A Conversation with Jeopardy! Champ Amy Schneider

Amy Schneider is an American software engineer and recent Jeopardy! champion. Following an impressive 40-game winning streak (which ended January 26 when Schneider narrowly lost to Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago Ridge [Ill.] Public Library), she became the most successful woman ever to compete on the show. She is also the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for Jeopardy!’s Tournament of …

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This Is Librarians on Jeopardy!

The internet and game show lovers are abuzz over librarian Rhone Talsma’s victory over trivia ace Amy Schneider on Jeopardy! on Wednesday night. Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Il.) Library, beat the long-running champ when she failed to come up with the correct response to the clue, “The only nation in the world …

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Still from the animated series Welcome to the Wayne featuring librarian Clara Rhone

This Nickelodeon Show Features a Magical Secret Library

by Burkely Hermann What if I told you that there was an all-ages animated series where a special and magnificent library was so central, it even surprised the series creator? There is such a show—Nickelodeon’s Welcome to the Wayne, created by Billy Lopez. It features a library that exemplifies the series’ quirkiness. The role of the library in the show goes …

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Still from the animated show Mira Royal Detective in which the protagonist and her animal helpers check out a library book to a friend

Libraries Take the Spotlight in this Disney Junior Show

by Burkely Hermann Recent animated series like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Hilda, Cleopatra in Space, and Too Loud have portrayed libraries positively. One Disney Junior show, which features the first South Asian protagonist in the network’s history, brings this trend to cable: Mira, Royal Detective. The titular protagonist, Mira, lives in the fictional kingdom of Jalpur, set in 19th century India. She …

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Product images of Baby Yoda READ poster t-shirts

These Baby Yoda Tees Are Perfect for Book Lovers

Last fall, the American Library Association (ALA) debuted a new READ® poster featuring The Mandalorian breakout character The Child, also known as Baby Yoda and Grogu; the first run of the poster sold out almost immediately. Thanks to a collaboration between ALA and Out of Print, the instantly-iconic design is now available as a t-shirt. The tee makes a perfect …

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Still from the animated web series Too Loud

These Animated Librarians Have Big Hearts and Big Heads

Animated series such as Hilda, Cleopatra in Space, and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power have portrayed libraries in a positive light; Too Loud, a 16-episode, two-season animated comedy web series on YouTube, is another great example of libraries in animation. Created by Nico Colaleo, the series focuses on two clumsy and loud volunteers at …

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