Announcing: The #GPOML Contest
This week I hit my 3rd anniversary on tumblr. I felt like I got in on the ground floor of something special: a burgeoning new community of energized, creative librarians sharing ideas, inspiration, and educating each other. It’s been fun, I’ve met great people, and I’ve learned so, so much.
I’ve occasionally promoted the #GPOML hashtag: gratuitous picture of my library. The first time was in response to the endless pictures of the grand libraries that circulate tumblr constantly: the reading room of the NYPL, Trinity College Dublin, and all those other grandiose spaces. Don’t get me wrong: I love those, but I wanted to see photos of your libraries, from your eyes, the way they work for you.
So here’s the contest: anytime in the month of December, share a picture of your library on tumblr and tag it #gpoml. The photo can be:
- the exterior;
- a grand space inside;
- a close-up of a display;
- an architectural feature;
- a cozy reading nook;
- you at a service desk; or…
- anything, really.
Use what you think is important, arty, interesting, or worth sharing. Something you like about your library.
- don’t post a photo of patrons unless you have their permission;
- take the picture yourself;
- you can enter more than one photo in the contest, but don’t spam us, ok?
- you don’t have to follow me to participate.
- you can include a blurb about your library, or not: up to you!
If there’s going to be a contest, there has to be a winner, right?
I’m going to assemble a crack team of judges to help me pick a winner (I haven’t asked them yet, but they’ll say yes). We’ll announce the winner in early January.
What does the winner get? The legendary Baker & Taylor “cat” tote bag photographed above, delivered in the mail. And bragging rights.
We’re seeing a few contributions — make sure to add yours! Take a quick picture of your library and share it with us. Don’t forget the #GPOML tag.
gratuitous picture of my library | #gpoml #chesnuttlibrary #library #journalstacks #lunchtime #vscocam | 1292013 (at Charles W. Chesnutt Library)
That’s a snappy looking journal. Thanks for the GPOML!
When I bought this used LP of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, I had no idea it came on clear vinyl. More Bowie magic.
Tonight, she’s reading to *us* for booktime.
A gratuitous picture of my library taken as we opened this morning.
Don’t forget you can post a picture of your library, tag it #gpoml, and win!
Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm kind of new to ASOIAF and I know that there are some other stories that are related, like the Mystery Knight or something... could you help me out and tell me how many there are and how they're called? Much appreciated! Love your blog btw, really helps new readers get some of the more subtle things from the text! And your theories are so good because you actually take the text into account, unlike those crazy theories everywhere else where they just pull stuff out of their arses! XD
Here’s the Dunk and Egg stories so far, and where they can be found:
- "The Hedge Knight", in Legends (Amazon) or Dreamsongs vol II (Amazon)
- "The Sworn Sword", in Legends II (Amazon)
- "The Mystery Knight", in Warriors (Amazon)
The fourth story, with title uncertain (although it’s supposed to be about “The She-Wolves of Winterfell”), is not out yet, and unfortunately has been delayed indefinitely until GRRM gets a chance to finish it.
I also highly recommend the truly excellent graphic novel adaptations of the first two stories, published as The Hedge Knight and The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword. They were out of print, and Amazon/ebay booksellers were charging an arm and a leg for them (300 dollars or more), but they have started to be reprinted via Amazon’s Jet City Comics imprint. You can get The Hedge Knight now (Amazon), and pre-order The Sworn Sword (Amazon). The Mystery Knight will also be adapted by that same team, but a release date hasn’t been announced yet.
Another short story in the ASOIAF universe has just come out — that’s “The Princess and the Queen”, published in the anthology Dangerous Women (Amazon). It started out as a GRRM-written sidebar for the eventual World of Ice and Fire, but (as is typical with GRRM) soon became its own story. It relates the history of the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war over Targaryen succession about 200 years ago, and is very interesting if you’re looking for more ASOIAF material.
For all of the above, I’m pretty sure Kindle or other electronic copies are available for purchase. And there are less legal options too, if you search for them, or ask me non-anon, ahem.
And thank you so very much! <3 I do try to keep my theories feasible. I mean, I might have a few wild spec theories myself, but I fully acknowledge when they are, and even then most of them are text-based…
A great way to read the Dunk & Egg novellas for free is through your public library. That’s how I’ve read them all. Many libraries include their holdings in a search tool called WorldCat, which tells you which libraries closest to your location will have it.
Here are the WorldCat listings for each of the George R.R. Martin novellas:
The Hedge Knight (Dunk & Egg #1)
- Legends: Short novels by the masters of modern fantasy, edited by Robert Silverberg.
- Dreamsongs, Volume II, by George R.R. Martin.
The Sworn Sword (Dunk & Egg #2):
- Legends II: New short novels by the masters of modern fantasy, edited by Robert Silverberg.
The Mystery Knight (Dunk & Egg #3):
- Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois.
The Princess and the Queen:
- Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois.
The graphic novels aren’t in as many libraries, but they are available in some. Here’s the listing for the original 2003 version of the Hedge Knight and the recent reissue. Here’s the original graphic novel version of The Sword Sword.
Not too many libraries purchased the “atlas” of Westeros that was published, The Lands of Ice and Fire: Maps from King’s Landing to Across the Narrow Sea, but some have — worth looking into if you’d like to see it.
I should also note that if your local library doesn’t have one of these items, don’t despair: most libraries have a service called “interlibrary loan” where if a patron wants an item their library doesn’t have, another library will ship it over to them temporarily for that user to borrow. You can usually arrange this through your library’s website, but if you have any trouble with that, you can ask a librarian for help.
Gratuitous picture of my library! Because thepinakes had this wonderful idea and I just so happen to be an intern at this beautiful library full of amazing librarians and patrons otherwise known as Darien Library. I would argue that this room looks better when it’s full of people doing their library thing but the morning light streaming in is pretty great, too.
That’s a lovely space! I like the morning light.