Library Myth Busters

This is an idea I have been working on that can be run with a Reading Group and also for breaking the ice for new users in the Library:

This event can be run by following the Myth Busters format of having small teams investigating various Library Myths and then presenting their findings to the entire Reading Group. If permission can be obtained for filming, a short DVD could be made of the proceedings. This could tie into a larger media and film-making programme that can be run over half-term or summer holidays. It is fun and educational – teenagers learn how the library works and what the staff do all day as well as debunking misconceptions they may have on what goes on in libraries.

Here are a a list of library myths that can either be debunked or confirmed:

The list is by no means complete and if anyone would like to add library myths in the comments you are most welcome.

By Matt Imrie on October 25, 2009 · Posted in Activities, Event ideas, Events

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Judith says:

Brilliant idea which kids will love. Nice work!

Posted on October 26th, 2009

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Posted on October 26th, 2009

Melissa says:

This is a great idea! I’m an aspiring teen librarian – really enjoying your blog!

Posted on October 28th, 2009

Margaret Simkin says:

These are great. Well done. We have just debated having a live up to the myth session here!

Posted on October 29th, 2009

Gemma Panayi says:

Fantastic Matthew, really great idea and I like some of the myths eg. Librarians don’t have stress!

Posted on November 7th, 2009

Barbara Davey says:

Great job Matthew, what about the myth I get all the time, “Librarians know, or should know the author and title of every book in their library”, Help!!

Posted on November 16th, 2009

Linda says:

Librarians know exatly what book is needed when the total information given is – ” I need a book for my history project”

Librarians can correctly answer “you know that book I took out two weeks ago…..”

Posted on April 30th, 2010